The Log

25 August 2014: You can now follow us on Twitter to stay updated and to receive notifications about news, site additions, etc. This should be especially useful for those who do not use our RSS feed.

23 August 2014: A new Technology Guide paper titled Powerplants and Drivetrains: Potential Alternatives talks about alternatives to the diesel engine [announcement | paper]

22 August 2014: Emissol—now on DieselNet—is an engineering firm specializing in automotive powertrain technologies, engine emission reduction and aftertreatment technologies.

21 August 2014: Updated Technology Guide paper on PM Measurement: In-Situ Methods—added section on field measurement of particle number concentrations.

20 August 2014: EU Commission will release their real driving emissions (RDE) proposal for light-duty vehicles by the end of this year, according to Reuters. The current European NEDC test underestimates the emissions of CO2 and NOx that are observed under real driving conditions. This discrepancy is believed to be responsible, at least in part, for the fact that the consecutive tiers of EU emission standards have brought less air quality improvement than anticipated. The new RDE testing approach has been under development for a number of years to more accurately represent real world driving. RDE testing requirements could make the existing emission standards significantly more challenging for the automakers.

13 August 2014: Updated Technology Guide paper on Superchargers—added information on Audi’s electrically driven centrifugal supercharger.

7 August 2014: Updated Technology Guide paper on Urea Dosing and Injection Systems.

28 July 2014: Soot (PM) Sensors—a new Technology Guide paper provides an overview of sensors for DPF soot mass estimation and OBD-type sensors for the detection of DPF leaks.

17 July 2014: Updated paper on Turbocharger Durability and Materials—a new section has been added on turbine housing materials.

16 July 2014: Updates in the Technology Guide paper on Particle Oxidation Catalysts.

15 July 2014: CTI has released the final program of the upcoming Emission Challenges Conference to be held in Troy, MI, USA on September 9-10, 2014.

10 July 2014: Summary of technical sessions from the 18th ETH Conference on Combustion Generated Nanoparticles held on June 22-25, 2014 in Zürich [more ...]

8 July 2014: VERT Association—now on DieselNet—aims at promoting best available technologies (BAT) for the reduction of particle number emissions from internal combustion engines and runs an internationally recognized VERT verification program for emission reduction technologies.

24 June 2014: Proventia Emission Control updated its DieselNet presence with information on their latest NOxPAC™ SCR system and other new emission control products.

16 June 2014: Updated summary of Swiss engine emission standards. Swiss emission requirements for nonroad engines were moved into a separate article.

9 June 2014: Updates in the summary of Chinese nonroad emission standards—we've added the recently announced effective dates for Stage III emission requirements.

5 June 2014: Northeast and Southwest US states have warmed the most of any region in the United States over the past 30 years, according to data compiled by the Associated Press based on the NOAA database. Northeastern states—led by Maine and Vermont—have gotten the hottest in the last 30 years in annual temperature, gaining 2.5°F on average. Southwestern states have heated up the most in the hottest months: The average New Mexico summer is 3.4°F warmer now than in 1984; in Texas, the summer is 2.8°F hotter. The Southeast and Northwest warmed the least. In the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic, this may be due to emissions of climate-cooling sulfur aerosols from burning coal. North Dakota is the only US state that cooled slightly since 1984.

30 May 2014: A summary of the technical sessions from the 4th International Exhaust Emissions Symposium organized by BOSMAL Automotive Research & Development Institute, held on May 22-23, 2014 in Bielsko-Biała, Poland [more ...]

22 May 2014: The European Commission takes the first step toward the adoption of CO2 emission regulations for heavy-duty vehicles [more ...]

13 May 2014: The updated summary of European CO2 emission regulations for cars and light commercial vehicles reflects the provision of the recently finalized 2020 regulations.

12 May 2014: Updated and re-structured Technology Guide papers on diesel engine lubricants.

8 May 2014: Updated Technology Guide paper on Engine Fundamentals includes a new section on maximum efficiency limits in internal combustion engines, as well as a new chart summarizing the sources of energy efficiency losses in combustion engines.

6 May 2014: AirFlow Catalyst Systems supplies catalyzed particulate filters and diesel oxidation catalysts for underground mining and other markets.

23 April 2014: A new Technology Guide paper titled Injector Deposits covers diesel fuel injector fouling [announcement | paper]

Diesel Engine & Emissions

The diesel engine is the most efficient power plant among all known types of internal combustion engines. Heavy trucks, urban buses, and industrial equipment are powered almost exclusively by diesel engines all over the world and diesel powered passenger cars are increasingly popular. For the foreseeable future, the world’s transportation needs will continue to rely on the diesel engine and its gasoline counterpart. However, both engine technologies are evolving at an ever increasing pace to meet two major challenges: lower emissions and increased energy efficiency.

Internal combustion engines are significant contributors to air pollution that can be harmful to human health and the environment. In response, clean diesel technologies with near-zero emissions of NOx and PM have been developed and introduced in regions with the most stringent emission standards: North America, Europe and Japan. While new clean diesel engines are gradually replacing the population of older diesel engines in these regions, older engines already in service are being retrofitted with clean diesel technologies to hasten emissions reductions. As this trend spreads to other parts of the world, the environmental focus has shifted to climate changing emissions and energy efficiency. The environmental benefit of low greenhouse gas emissions, traditionally associated with the diesel engine, is no longer sufficient. To meet future greenhouse gas and fuel economy regulations, new technologies are being developed—low temperature combustion, waste heat recovery, powertrain electrification, to name a few—that further increase the efficiency not only of the diesel engine powertrain but the entire vehicle as well. Under low-carbon regulatory policies, the scope for potential improvements is no longer limited to engines and vehicles, but also includes life cycle effects of fuel production and vehicle manufacture.

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