Fortville, Ind. (Nov. 16, 2010) – Truck Emission Control Technologies, Inc. (TECT) announced today the successful installation of the first emission reduction retrofit kit on an Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) diesel truck. This is the first of 30 diesel trucks and buses in the state that will receive TECT emission reduction kits. The project will verify the amount of particulate matter (PM) and nitrogen oxides (NOx) pollutants reduced by the kits on the road. The kits are funded by a one million dollar grant awarded by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The funding for this grant has been provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
TECT’s product includes proprietary composite wire-mesh media for the collection of sub- micron and nano-size particles at high efficiencies. These particles are incinerated on a continuous basis. The system is expected to reduce PM emissions by 80 to 90 percent and is augmented with an exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) system to reduce NOx by 50 to 60 percent. The device is approximately the same size and shape as the truck’s muffler, which it replaces.
In addition to the Indiana trucks and buses, 25 more trucks and buses in Texas are being retrofitted with TECT’s devices. A number of the vehicles will be continuously monitored on the road to verify performance and emission reductions in support of EPA verification. Product evaluation through emission testing is being conducted by Purdue University as the third party independent entity.
“Once we receive EPA verification the real commercialization work begins. The market potential is enormous, with the biggest demand from Texas, California and the east coast. So it will bring new money into our state.” says Ray Kammel, founder and chief executive officer.
Kammel estimates TECT will employ up to 90 Hoosiers once full production is realized, and will create even more jobs for Indiana suppliers.The company believes the TECT product has several advantages over the competition. It is passive, providing very high reliability and durability in operation, and requires very limited maintenance, further reducing the cost of operation. It provides simultaneous reduction in PM and NOx, among other pollutants and toxic air contaminants. The technology works on all diesel engines from 10 horsepower up to locomotive engines. Initial installations in Indiana and Michigan demonstrated a very high level of durability and reliability on the road.
Truck Emission Control Technologies, Inc. was incorporated in Indiana in 2002 and is headquartered in Fortville, Ind.