Westport in agreement with Caterpillar for evaluation of fuel system technologies for high horsepower engines
Westport Innovations Inc. has entered into an agreement with Caterpillar, Inc. to evaluate direct injection, natural gas fuel system technologies for possible use on Caterpillar’s large engines. As part of the agreement, the parties will combine their respective technologies and components to develop a fuel system that will be evaluated on a multi-cylinder test engine.
Through this evaluation project, Westport and Caterpillar are seeking to demonstrate that the integration of their respective direct injection, natural gas technologies can deliver the high performance and high efficiency requirements large engine applications will demand. Under the terms of the agreement, the evaluation is expected to be completed in 2012, with program expenses shared by both Caterpillar and Westport.
his is a significant opportunity for both companies to demonstrate the viability of direct injection natural gas technology on large engines.—Bruce Hodgins, Vice President, Market Development of Westport Innovations