Field test of emissions reduction technology announced
By Rob Colman
Officials from the Government of Canada, EnCana Corporation an Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) were at Globe 2008 to announce they are committing $5.5 million in financing to a NxtGen Emission Controls project which will demonstrate an innovative diesel emission reduction system.
NxtGen’s syngas technology will assist diesel trucks in complying with stringent global emission reduction regulations and has the potential to enable manufacturers to increase fuel economy. When retrofitted onto existing trucks, NxtGen’s system is expected to reduce particulate emissions by 85 per cent and nitrogen oxide emissions by 65 per cent.
The project involves field trials of NxtGen’s technology on medium and heavy duty trucks — 12 trucks in all, in three fleets across Canada.
The system is being developed during a two-year, $12.4 million program. EnCana is contributing to the project through its Environmental Innovation Fund; heavy duty trucks owned by one of EnCana’s key transportation providers in Alberta are involved in the field tests.
Sustainable Development Technology Canada is contributing $2.5 million to the project through its SD Tech Fund. This $550 million fund supports the development and demonstration of innovative technological solutions that address climate change, air quality, clean water and clean soil.