ClearFlame Engine Applied sciences hits a number of manufacturing, buyer pilot, and fueling milestones


ClearFlame Engine Applied sciences, an organization creating net-zero engine expertise (earlier put up), has hit numerous key milestones by means of a number of partnerships with prospects, producers, and gas suppliers. These achievements spotlight the corporate’s potential to leverage present infrastructure throughout the transportation sector, giving it a transparent benefit to scale shortly and transfer to commercialization.

These bulletins embody:

  • Signed Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) with Reviva and Vander Haag’s, Inc. and their profitable integration of ClearFlame’s expertise right into a Class-8 truck, validating the flexibility to seamlessly deliver ClearFlame’s expertise to scale utilizing present transportation resolution suppliers and provide chains.

  • The graduation of ClearFlame’s first pilot fleet trial with Beck’s, highlighting sturdy curiosity from industrial fleets.

  • The primary retail sale of E98 ethanol gas, with CIE (Central Indiana Ethanol), CountryMark, and Co-Alliance Cooperative Inc. performing as fueling companions for Beck’s, capitalizing on an present community for the nationwide distribution of ethanol.

As these cross-industry partnerships point out, our modern expertise for the decarbonization of industrial quality engines might be successfully built-in and shortly scaled throughout america within the quick time period—not years from now. That is vital, significantly in industries like heavy-duty transportation. By leveraging an already present eco-system and infrastructure, ClearFlame’s resolution not solely will get us to our local weather targets sooner, however can achieve this much less expensively—saving fleets cash, with none inexperienced premium.

The pace and agility with which the Indiana ethanol gas coalition was capable of come collectively to offer E98 gas to our truck with Beck’s goes even additional to underscore how simple it is going to be for ClearFlame’s expertise to quickly scale for fleets throughout the nation. Ethanol is already distributed by means of gas terminals nationwide. Along with being broadly out there, it’s confirmed to be a a lot greener gas, with considerably decrease carbon emissions than diesel, and vital value financial savings.

—BJ Johnson, ClearFlame co-founder and CEO

As a part of ClearFlame’s agreements for engine modification, Minneapolis-based Reviva has been named ClearFlame’s preliminary engine remanufacturing associate, chargeable for integrating ClearFlame’s package into present Cummins X15 engines; engines will carry a two-year guarantee.

Reviva has been offering high quality remanufactured engines and engine parts for greater than 70 years. Reviva is the biggest privately held diesel engine remanufacturer in North America and its engines can be found at most aftermarket truck part suppliers and huge truck sellers within the USA and Canada.

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Vander Haag’s, Inc., with 9 places all through the Midwest, will function the car integrator, reinstalling the ClearFlame engines into Class-8 vans. Along with being the car integrator, Vander Haag’s, Inc. can even leverage their components distribution community to offer parts for the preliminary integration in addition to ongoing components help.

Beck’s, the biggest family-owned retail seed firm in america and third-largest seed model, represents ClearFlame’s first official pilot. Through the pilot, the truck is accumulating miles and driving lengthy distances in a spread of working situations, in addition to quick haul routes between the corporate’s Indiana places, with quite a lot of totally different load sorts. A number of different pilots with different corporations are additionally deliberate by means of the tip of the yr.

ClearFlame expects to realize commercialization of its engine modification expertise by the tip of 2023. The corporate is at the moment working with the EPA to realize all environmental approvals; vans are at the moment operating below EPA exemption.

Whereas ClearFlame’s expertise is fuel-agnostic and might run on any clear gas, its present engines run on ethanol, which is broadly out there throughout america as a mix part, however shouldn’t be at the moment on the market. With a purpose to present E98 to the ClearFlame-modified truck with Beck’s, a bunch of Indiana gas suppliers got here collectively, creating the primary coalition enabling using ethanol as a truck gas. These included Central Indiana Ethanol (as producer), CountryMark (as distributor), and Co-Alliance Cooperative Inc. (as gas retailer).

As beforehand introduced, an impartial examine performed by Gladstein, Neandross & Associates (GNA), demonstrated that ClearFlame’s expertise lowers whole prices whereas assembly sustainability targets earlier than at the moment out there alternate options.

  • ClearFlame-enabled vans are anticipated to have the bottom TCO when put next with diesel, pure fuel, electrical, and hydrogen platforms.

  • ClearFlame’s value per mile is anticipated to be considerably decrease than electrical and hydrogen platforms—40% lower than electrical and 30% lower than hydrogen.

  • ClearFlame can present a fast and cost-effective path to substantial reductions of greenhouse fuel (GHG) and tailpipe emissions in comparison with different sustainable fuels and applied sciences, whose sensible challenges, reminiscent of value, vary, infrastructure, and gas availability, have slowed adoption.

  • ClearFlame is estimated to offer a 42% lifecycle carbon discount in contrast with diesel, in addition to roughly 22% decrease GHG than battery electrical automobiles based mostly on the nationwide common grid combine.

ClearFlame’s resolution elevates combustion temperatures in an effort to allow use of non-traditional fuels that fail to ignite utilizing standard diesel-style MCCI (mixing-controlled compression ignition) with out sacrificing efficiency.

In a high-temperature setting, any gas will behave like diesel gas, having quick ignition delay and burning as it’s injected in a mixing gas plume. Low-sooting fuels permit for the elimination of diesel particulate filtration (DPF). Use of soot-free “Clear” Exhaust Gasoline Recirculation (EGR) can permit for decrease NOx emissions with out the competing soot constraint, assembly next-generation emissions requirements with out added aftertreatment complexity.


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