New Desulphurization Technology Helps Military Comply with Clean Air Act
March 30, 2007 – nGimat has been awarded a Phase II Small Business Innovation Research contract with the US Air Force to build upon its successful process for using nanoparticles to eliminate sulphur from diesel fuel. This is expected to be a two-year contract with potential funding of $650,000. With the US Department of Defense’s decision to bring its ground vehicles into compliance with the Clear Air Act, emissions-reducing catalytic converters are going into service throughout the military, presenting a formidable challenge to the operability and maintainability of US forces overseas. In theaters of operation where sulphur-rich jet fuel replaces diesel fuel, such fuels must now be de-sulphurized on location to prevent costly damage to new US vehicle and field equipments catalytic converters.
Over the past year, nGimat proved the concept of using nanoparticles to scrub excess sulphur from fuel molecules at lower temperatures, thus eliminating the need for a large refinery to complete the process. “We have demonstrated that we can remove sulphur from diesel fuel from below 600 degrees Celsius,” said Andrew Hunt, CEO of nGimat. “Our goal now is to raise the throughput by adjusting the particles accordingly,” he explains.
nGimat is working to create the prototype for the physical system that will put the technology to work on the battlefield. “We can imagine putting such a system in a variety of remote fuel depot situations where locally-supplied fuel is conditioned for our vehicles and planes,” illustrates Greg Sutton, the DOD’s SBIR program officer at Warner Robins Air Logistics Center.
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