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Subject: Increase Gas Mileage by Reducing Friction in Engines
(Posted on Oct 18, 2013 at 11:49AM by Media Manager)


                                    Global Energy Consumption
                         Due to Friction in Fossil Fueled Engines

Increase Gas Mileage by Preventing Friction Loss

A joint study from the VTT Technical Research Centre in Finland and America's Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) has concluded that at least one third of a car's fuel consumption is used in overcoming friction. Friction loss has a direct impact on both fuel consumption and as a result, air emissions. However, there is available technology and technology under development that will make it possible to reduce fuel consumption and emissions by 18 percent within a decade. Within 25 years, the researchers estimate fuel consumption can be reduced by over 60 percent.

Owning and driving a car is deeply embedded into the American fabric. This nation drives more vehicles, and more miles per vehicle, than any on Earth. Around the world, car usage is also on the rise, particularly in the large modernizing Asian economies.

Automobile emissions are one of the greatest sources of greenhouse gas emissions. Plus, the acquisition of cheap oil is becoming increasingly scarcer and often comes from dangerous or unfriendly countries. This is why increasing vehicle fuel economy should be front and center in the minds of auto consumers and producers.

There are 612 million cars in the world today, and the average car drives 13,000 km per year (8,100 miles). The study found that each car has to burn 340 liters of fuel (90 gallons) just to overcome friction, costing an average 510 euros per year ($650).

For the average car engine, only 38 percent of its energy output is actually used to mechanically propel the car. The rest goes to cooling and exhaust. Of the mechanical energy actually used, 33 percent is lost to friction, plus an additional 5 percent to air resistance.
The friction loss can be further broken down as follows. 35 percent is spent overcoming rolling resistance in the wheels. Another 35 percent is lost in the engine itself. 15 percent is lost in the gearbox and another 15 percent in braking. This means in total, only 21.5 percent of the energy output of the fuel is used to move the car. The rest is wasted.

The researchers found various technologies that can drastically reduce friction loss. These include new surface coatings and textures, lubricant additives, and low friction tires inflated to higher than normal pressures. Micro-etching on the surface of a material, for instance, can be used to guide the flow of lubricants, reducing friction up to 50 percent and fuel consumption by 4 percent. Also, ionic liquids which contain electrically charged molecules can reduce friction by a further 50 percent, decreasing fuel consumption.

Other ways to influence fuel consumption is in driver behavior. Reducing top speed by 10 percent will translate into a 16% boost in fuel efficiency. Slower speeds will also make higher tire pressures possible.

There are many other innovative solutions described in the report. Each will help make driving a car more practical in the future. The report has been published in the journal, Tribology International.

Link to published article: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0301679X11003501




Subject: Rolls-Royce Environship Wins International Green Technology Award
(Posted on Mar 23, 2013 at 09:48AM by Media Manager)

Environship concept
Environship Wins International Green Technology Award

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Rolls-Royce plc has received the Green Ship Technology Award for its Environship concept - a revolutionary design and system solution for cargo ships that reduces CO2 emissions by up to 40 per cent compared to similar diesel powered vessels.

The Environship, which can be adapted for different ship types, incorporates a range of Rolls-Royce technologies to deliver efficiency savings for ship owners. These include a Bergen engine powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG), the Promas combined rudder and propeller, a hybrid shaft generator to optimise use of electrical power and an innovative wave-piercing hull design.

The accolade was awarded at a ceremony in Hamburg, Germany, in connection with the annual Green Ship Technology Conference.

Tony Wood, Rolls-Royce, President - Marine said: "We’re delighted to receive this award for our Environship concept, another endorsement for our belief that only a combination of technologies will maximise environmental and efficiency gains. With a number of Environship vessels already in build, 2013 will be an exciting year, as this awarding winning concept takes to the seas."

The first vessel built to the Environship standard is a fish-feed transporter currently under construction at the Vard Aukra shipyard in Norway, for the Eidsvaag shipping company. The vessel is due for delivery in May this year. In October, the first of two cargo ships for the Norwegian company Nor Lines, will be delivered by the Tsuji Heavy Industries (Jiangsu) Co Ltd in China.

Passenger ship designs are also under development. Last year Rolls-Royce announced that it had signed a teaming agreement with Italian company Lauro Shipping to design innovative new gas powered ferries based on the Environship concept.

In 2011 Environship received the Next Generation Ship Award at the Nor-Shipping exhibition.

  1. Rolls-Royce is a world-leading provider of power systems and services for use on land, at sea and in the air, and has established a strong position in global markets - civil aerospace, defence aerospace, marine and energy.
  2. As a result of this strategy, Rolls-Royce has a broad customer base comprising more than 300 airlines, 4,000 corporate and utility aircraft and helicopter operators, 160 armed forces, more than 4,000 marine customers, including 70 navies, and energy customers in more than 80 countries.
  3. Annual underlying revenue was £12.2 billion in 2012, of which more than half came from the provision of services. The firm and announced order book stood at £60.1 billion at 31 December 2012, providing visibility of future levels of activity.
  4. Rolls-Royce employs over 45,000 people in offices, manufacturing and service facilities in over 50 countries. Over 14,000 of these employees are engineers.
  5. In 2012, Rolls-Royce invested £919 million on research and development, two thirds of which had the objective of further improving the environmental performance of its products, in particular reducing emissions.
  6. Rolls-Royce supports a global network of 28 University Technology Centres, which connect the company’s engineers with the forefront of scientific research.
  7. The Group has a strong commitment to apprentice and graduate recruitment and to further developing employee skills.
Subject: Seattle Future Energy Conference
(Posted on Nov 4, 2012 at 10:51AM by Media Manager)


Cealtec Products Inc. President, Barry Good will be attending the Future Energy Conference in Seattle, Washington on November 14th, 2012 through an invitation by the Consulate General of Canada, Trade Commissioner, Cleantech, Environment, Energy to Washington State and looks forward in identifying new and leading edge approaches in positively impacting global warning and reducing GHG Emissions from fossil fueled engines. Mr. Good is looking forward to presenting the newly launched " Fleet Gone Green Program"  to attendees at the event in an effort to expand interest in Cealtec's leading edge CealDoctor Self-healing Engine Treatments, a BluePrint Nanotechnology, into the North American marketplace.

Mr. Good can be contacted at blg@cealtec.com .

Subject: Fleet Systems with Joe Gibbs
(Posted on Sep 27, 2012 at 08:46AM by Media Manager)

Joe Gibbs Reveals His Competitive Edge

During his time as the head coach for the Washington Redskins, Joe experienced the value of knowing exactly what every member of his team was doing at every moment of the game. Real-time visibility and insight - that's what wins Super Bowls. Transitioning from football to racing, he learned the same visibility and intelligence were equally critical to winning both on the track and off.

Joe is honored to be the spokesperson for the Spireon FleetLocate System, the industry's leading innovators of Mobile Resource Management (MRM) and business intelligence solutions. But more than the spokesperson,he's a FleetLocate user. This racing season, Joe Gibbs Racing has been relying on FleetLocate's trailer and asset intelligence solution to manage our haulers as they've transported our race and show cars across the country. And it's made a different in our bottom line, as well as our competitive edge.

For this year's 36-week racing season, Joe Gibbs Racing haulers have been tasked with transporting three different race teams to a different city every week. I don't have to tell you what a logistical challenge it is keeping track of all these haulers, drivers and cars as they crisscross the nation.

FleetLocate has helped them resolve this challenge. Using FleetLocate's easy-to-read dashboard, online interface, and comprehensive reports, his operations team can see where any one of our haulers is at any given moment. They can tell whether they're on schedule, whether they'll be arriving at a race or show on time, or whether there's a delay and the cause of that delay.

This anytime access to real-time business intelligence allows his team to make faster, smarter decisions about my fleet of haulers and cars. It allows them to see where the issues are, so they can address them. It allows them to respond more quickly to unforeseen obstacles, improve their efficiencies and productivity, save money and save time. And as any racing team owner will tell you, when it comes to staying competitive every second counts.

You see, Joe's team operates much like a pit crew. Timing is everything, and every person on the crew needs to be working seamlessly together to maximize performance and stay in the lead. FleetLocate has equipped Joe Gibbs Racing with a clear advantage not only on the track but in my business. He plans on making FleetLocate a critical part of his winning game plan for many race seasons to come.


Subject: GPS Management Systems are here
(Posted on Sep 27, 2012 at 08:30AM by Media Manager)



Local fleets leading growth in GPS-based management systems

The use of GPS-based mobile resource management (MRM) systems has expanded over 50% since 2009, with local fleet operations leading that growth over the last two years, according to a new report. Declining prices for in-vehicle hardware, better cellular data coverage and “growing awareness among local fleet operators of the high return on investment” are driving the move to MRMs among service, delivery, municipal and transit fleets, according to the 2012-13 U.S. Mobile Resource Management Systems Market Study just released by C.J. Driscoll and Assocs.
Among heavy truck fleets, truckload carriers are “a mature market” for MRM systems, with 40% largely using in-cab units. LTL carriers, which the report says operate approximately 200,000 trucks, have a 25% to 30% penetration rate with MRM solutions that include smartphone and tablet applications as well as in-vehicle units.

In the local fleet segment, the report indentified a growing move away from client-server based MRM systems to hosted systems run by suppliers. Those hosted systems range from low-cost basic tracking services to fully-featured enterprise management systems that include messaging, navigation and dispatching features. In addition, the report identified a growing trend among local fleets using OSx and Android devices to monitor fleet activity.

Integration with OBD-II data networks on light commercial vehicles is becoming common in this segment, providing fleet managers with ways to monitor driver and vehicle performance, maintenance and other operating information that can impact fuel consumption and safety, according to the Driscoll report. Driver scorecards and driver-performance statistics tied to GPS location data are also gaining popularity among local fleets.

In-cab installed MRM units among long-haul fleets have grown from 570,000 units in 2009 to an estimated 700,000 units today, according to the report. The lion’s share --660,000 -- are provided by Qualcomm, PeopleNet and XRS (formerly Xata), with the other 40,000 coming as installed equipment from truck manufacturers.

Despite the widespread adoption of MRM by many long-haul fleets, the new CSA safety measurement system put in place in late 2010 is encouraging non-adopters in that segment to move to electronic onboard recorders (EOBRs) to help them manage their safety ratings, the report pointed out. Expected rules from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) mandating EOBR use “would have a very significant impact on the growth of the EOBR/MRM market,” it pointed out.

In our continuing effort to “stay ahead of the curve” CPS Express, Inc. has adopted and installed GPS monitoring systems into over the road and regional units. This system allows EOBR, real time and history locations which will improve resource control and ultimately improve customer service. The MRM will also maintain communication with vital truck components and relay information to the maintenance department, thereby reducing “down time” and quicker resolution in the event of a problem.

Subject: Hydrogen Gas from Sea Water
(Posted on Sep 25, 2012 at 10:42AM by Media Manager)


Scientists at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) are developing a process to produce jet fuel from seawater


WASHINGTON - The researchers believe they can extract carbon dioxide (CO2) and produce hydrogen gas (H2) from seawater, subsequently catalytically converting the CO2 and H2 into jet fuel by a gas-to-liquids process.

“The potential payoff is the ability to produce JP-5 fuel stock at sea, reducing the logistics tail on fuel delivery with no environmental burden and increasing the Navy’s energy security and independence,” says research chemist, Dr. Heather Willauer.

NRL has successfully recovered CO2 and the production of H2 from seawater using an electrochemical acidification cell. It has also converted CO2 and H2 to hydrocarbons—organic compounds consisting of hydrogen and carbon—that can be used to produce jet fuel.

Subject: Smart Trucking Industry Systems
(Posted on Sep 6, 2012 at 07:47AM by Media Manager)


Smart Systems and Services Cut Haulage Firm Fuel Costs


New technology like CealDoctor's Revolutionary Nanotechnology Self-healing Engine Treatments and individually tailored service packages like The Fleet Gone Green Program can together save the haulage firms anywhere from 8-15% in fuel costs and thousands of litres of fuel a year. The result is less environmental impact and greater profitability. New technologies such as Volvo's Advanced I-See Technology can also save trucking fleets up to 5% on fuel consumption. These advances will undoubtedly change the way fleets operate across the globe.

Subject: Study on Diesel Pollution from Trucks and Buses
(Posted on Aug 2, 2012 at 09:03AM by Media Manager)

A three-month study has begun to measure diesel pollution from semi-trailer trucks, dump trucks, buses and other heavy-duty vehicles on local roads and highways.

Metro Vancouver this week announced that specialized technology involving remote sensing tests will be used over the summer to measure pollution.

Infrared and ultraviolet beams from a testing trailer on one side of a road will be directed at the height of a heavy-duty truck's "stack," or engine exhaust pipe, the regional district explained.

By Sandor Gyarmati, The Delta Optimist 2012-07-31

Read Full Article on The Delta Optimist »

Subject: Fleet Gone Green Program BLOG Launched
(Posted on Jul 31, 2012 at 10:10PM by Media Manager)

Cealtec Products Inc. and Fuel Gone Green RxP have launched the Fleet Gone Green Program BLOG and are looking for industry and government input regarding  their interest in the program. The Fleet Gone Green Program encompasses a series of advanced nanotechnology, hydrocarbon and hightech technologies to provide fleet operators with an opportunity to reduce maintenance and fuel costs, while extending the lifecycle of the rolling fleet. The added bonus is a significant reduction in the output of carbon and Green House Gas (GHG) Emissions into the atmosphere.

The benefits are enomous and will impact road transport, marine, rail, agriculture, government, institutional  and military sectors of the economy and your comments are appreciated.
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