Omnitek selects DD 12.7L Series 60 and Cat C15 engine models for diesel-to-gas conversion project at Port of Seattle
Omnitek Engineering Corporation has selected the 12.7 L Detroit Diesel Series 60 and the Caterpillar C15 engine models for the beginning of the second phase of a Puget Sound Clean Air Agency pilot project, which includes the development of diesel-to-natural gas engine conversion kits for these engine models and obtaining Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approval.
Omnitek’s diesel-to-natural gas engine conversion system was selected as the best technology under the competitive grant process for the agency’s “Piloting Engine Upgrade Technologies in the Freight Mobility Sector” project. (Earlier post.)
The 2007 EPA heavy-duty compression ignition emission standard limits particulate emissions (PM) to 0.01 grams per brake horsepower-hour. For the project, the Agency sought technologies capable of reducing pre-2007 engines’ PM emissions to levels that are demonstrated to meet that 2007 standard. The project has a goal of meeting 2007 EPA PM standards by 2017 for an estimated 2,000 drayage trucks serving the Port of Seattle’s marine container terminals.
The selected technology is then to run in operation at the Port of Seattle over a six-month period to assess whether it is compatible with routine drayage truck operations in a short-haul environment.
Omnitek’s technology reduces particulate emissions as well as nitrogen oxides and greenhouse gas emissions. The pilot project, led by Omnitek Engineering, includes trucking fleets and related service providers.
Werner Funk, president and CEO of Omnitek Engineering, said that Omnitek selected the 12.7 L Detroit Diesel Series 60 and the Caterpillar C15 engines based on the sheer number of trucks on the roads utilizing these engine models, which represents an addressable market of more than 1,000,000 trucks.
Production of the 12.7 L Series 60 was discontinued in 2007.