Clean Diesel Technologies, Inc. and Eaton Corporation today announced they have entered into a global non-exclusive licensing agreement. Under the agreement, Eaton will use Clean Diesel’s patented Advanced Reagent Injector System (ARIS) technology for injection of hydrocarbon fuel in emissions reduction applications, including Eaton’s Aftertreatment System. This technology can also be applied to regeneration of diesel particulate filters and lean NOx traps in various global applications.
Both Eaton’s innovative Aftertreatment and fuel dosing systems have worldwide application for reducing NOx and particulate matter (PM) emissions from diesel engines. Eaton is targeting NOx and PM control technologies for production in 2011 and beyond in various applications.
NOx and PM are a significant health hazard and are estimated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to cause 20,000 premature deaths annually in America. Children, the elderly and those with pre-existing health conditions, such as asthma are especially at risk. These systems can be used for on-road, off-road and stationary applications, with a combined global market size of new medium-duty and higher engines exceeding 7 million per year.
Eaton’s Aftertreatment System does not require the use of additional urea for NOx reduction. It is an integrated system that effectively meets the EPA and international regulation requirements without the on-vehicle storage, replenishment and infrastructure a urea-based system requires. For example, EPA regulations require that all new 2010 on-road engines comply with increasingly strict NOx and PM standards.
Clean Diesel’s ARIS technology is designed for use in all types of combustion engines. Its key advantages include the use of a single emissions reduction fluid to provide injector cooling and the fact that it is easier to manufacture, install and operate than compressed air systems.
Dimitri Kazarinoff, general manager for Emerging Technologies and Business Development at Eaton, said: “We are excited to enter this licensing agreement with Clean Diesel. It provides access to a key technology, which helps us provide system based solutions to reduce NOx and PM, hence making significant contributions toward emissions reduction and sustainability. We are working with numerous global OEMs to provide them with NOx and PM emission reduction solutions.”
Dr. Bernhard Steiner, Chief Executive Officer of Clean Diesel, said: “We are delighted with the use of our ARIS airless return-flow technology in this application. ARIS technology is more commonly associated with selective catalytic reduction (SCR) systems based on urea injection; Eaton’s use of hydrocarbon injection underscores the broad applicability of our ARIS technology.
“Eaton has taken two NOx-reducing technologies and packaged them into a system where they can work together, taking advantage of several catalytic reactions to reduce harmful emissions,” Dr. Steiner added. “We are pleased to provide a key technology that will help reduce global emissions and that supports Eaton’s commitment to environmental sustainability.”