The US Environmental Protection Agency will award a $739,500 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant to Foss Maritime Company, Environmental Solutions Worldwide (ESW) and the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency (PSCAA), which are partnering to test a pollution-reducing device on two Foss tugs, the Garth Foss and the Lindsey Foss. The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency will manage the project on behalf of EPA.
|Xtrem Cat. Click to enlarge.|
ESW developed the pollution-reducing device, the Xtrm Cat Diesel Oxidation Catalyst. It is on EPA’s emerging technologies list and is projected to reduce particulate matter (PM) by 25%, hydrocarbons (HC) by 25% and carbon monoxide by 70%.The Xtrm Cat is a proprietary substrate/catalyst based on ESW Group’s proprietary Particulate Reactor and ESW’s Stealth Cat™ Diesel Oxidation Catalyst filter employed on two stroke US Marine Light Armored Vehicles.
The four 4,000-horsepower marine engines on the Garth and the Lindsey will be retrofitted with the catalysts in combination with a closed crankcase ventilation (CCV) system. ESW is currently seeking verification of its catalyst/crankcase ventilation system for high horsepower marine and locomotive uses. The six-year partnership with Foss and the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency will allow ESW to determine if the system is durable enough for extended maritime use.