29 April 2016: A summary of technical sessions on engine and vehicle emissions at the SAE Congress held on April 12-14 in Detroit [more ...]
26 April 2016: Updated Technology Guide paper on NOx Adsorbers includes more information on passive NOx adsorber (PNA) technology.
21 April 2016: Updated summary of EU emission standards for light-duty vehicles includes more details on RDE testing requirements.
20 April 2016: US Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) has announced $30 million in funding for the NEXT-Generation Energy Technologies for Connected and Automated on-Road vehicles (NEXTCAR). The NEXCAR program seeks to fund the development of new and emerging vehicle dynamic and powertrain (VD&PT) control technologies that can reduce the energy consumption of future vehicles through the use of connectivity and vehicle automation. Potential vehicle energy improvement technologies may include advanced technologies and concepts relating to full vehicle dynamic control, powertrain control, improved vehicle and powertrain operation through the automation of vehicle dynamics control functions, and improved control and optimization facilitated by connectivity.
11 April 2016: Approaching the CIMAC Congress in Helsinki, we talk about the challenges facing marine industry with Derek Walford—a Member of the CIMAC Board and a VP of the Vancouver-based Teekay Group, one of the world’s largest shipping companies [more ...]
31 March 2016: Updated Technology Guide papers on lubricating oils: (1) the Oil Service Classifications paper now includes the new CK-4 and FA-4 oil categories; (2) a new section on viscosity modifier additives was added in the Diesel Engine Lubricants paper.
30 March 2016: Updated and expanded summary of US federal emission standards for stationary engines.
29 March 2016: TLX Technologies designs and manufacturers electromagnetic actuators, solenoids and valves, such as transmission control valves, fuel system valves, brake system controls, coolant control valves, urea injection valves, emission system controls, turbocharger controls, and natural gas control valves.
25 March 2016: The US EPA has released its Third Report to Congress, highlighting results of projects funded by the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA). From 2008 to 2013, the EPA has awarded 642 clean diesel grants for a total of $570 million that have replaced or retrofitted 73,000 vehicles. The EPA is currently soliciting proposals for 2016 clean diesel funding.
21 March 2016: Updated summaries of Indian emission standards—including the pages on light-duty, heavy-duty and 2/3 wheel vehicles—reflect the most recent government proposal published in February, which would introduce BS VI standards nationwide from April 2020, skipping the BS V stage.
12 March 2016: The annual growth rate of atmospheric carbon dioxide measured at the US NOAA’s Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii jumped by 3.05 ppm during 2015, the largest year-to-year increase in 56 years of research [more ...]
3 March 2016: The American Petroleum Institute (API) has approved two new diesel engine oil standards, API Service Categories CK-4 and FA-4 [more ...]
25 February 2016: Updated and restructured Technology Guide papers on assisted turbocharging technologies.
18 February 2016: Mercedes-Benz unveils the new OM 654 2.0 liter passenger car diesel engine, to debut in the E 220 this Spring [more ...]
25 January 2016: Sensors, diagnostics and control systems are a rapidly evolving area of engine and exhaust gas aftertreatment technology. These topics will be discussed at the 3rd International Specialist Conference: SENSORS for Exhaust Gas Cleaning and CO2 Reduction organized by SV Veranstaltungen that will be held on June 28-30 in Leipzig, Germany. DieselNet users can receive a 20% registration discount—download the conference announcement & registration form.
21 January 2016: New Technology Guide paper provides an introduction on Sensors for Engine and Emission Control.
20 January 2016: Rewritten and updated Technology Guide paper on Diesel Fuel Additives is now available for your reading pleasure.
4 January 2016: The US Department of Justice files a lawsuit against Volkswagen over Clean Air Act violations [more ...]
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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