20 November 2000

Cummins, Inc. of Columbus, IN, and Westport Innovations Inc. of Vancouver, BC, announced that they have been awarded funding for a joint natural gas heavy-duty engine project. The goal of the two-year project is to develop a 400 hp heavy-duty truck engine to achieve emissions below the US2004 standard for oxides of nitrogen (NOx).

The funding, totaling US$1 million, is to be provided by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, on behalf of the US Department of Energy, South Coast Air Quality Management District and the California Energy Commission. The award, subject to contract agreement, will be administered by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Cummins, the engine manufacturer, is the project manager. Westport, which develops alternative fueled systems for diesel engines, will perform most of the development work.

The Cummins-Westport project will combine the Westport’s high pressure direct injection (HPDI) dual fuel diesel - natural gas technology with exhaust gas recirculation (EGR). The objective is to produce a natural gas fuel system that maintains the performance of a conventional Cummins ISX diesel engine but reduces NOx to 0.5 g/bhp-hr, with technology expected to be available during the next five years.

For further information contact Alan Bayless, Westport, (604) 718-2016.

Source: Westport