Caterpillar Clean Power, calibrations available soon

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MOSSVILLE, Ill. — The new Clean Power Cat Truck Engines, which feature the somewhat controversial Advanced Combustion Emissions Reduction Technology (ACERT) system, will be available this month.

The company says these engines will deliver significantly lower emissions levels than the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) currently requires, without sacrificing performance, fuel economy, driveability or serviceability.

“Cat Clean Power engines incorporate the latest in fuel injection, combustion, electronics and air systems technology to deliver emissions that are far below the current standards,” says David Semlow, marketing manager for the Caterpillar Truck Engine Division.

“In addition, they’ll operate on today’s fuel blends, as well as the ultra-clean fuels available in some parts of the U.S., while providing the same time-tested Cat durability, reliability and fuel economy that truck owners expect.”

The Clean Power 3126E, which has been available since March 1, has been shown to deliver up to a 12 per cent reduction in NOx emissions. Now the company is set to introduce the heavy-duty Clean Power engines including the C-10, C-12, C-15 and C-16. The company says all of the new models offer up to eight per cent less NOx than previous designs.

The key ingredient in the Clean Power engines, the ACERT system, has been widely discussed over the past few months due to the fact it uses technology other that cooled exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) to meet EPA standards. All other North American manufacturers have stated the feel EGR is the best option available.

In addition, Caterpillar is set to roll out engine calibrations to cut NOx emissions levels in older engines.

The new electronic calibrations will cut NOx levels by as much as seven per cent on most 1993 to 1998 model-year Caterpillar truck engines. Installation involves a simple recalibration process that can be performed at any Caterpillar authorized dealer.

“It’s just another example of the top value we’ve always been able to offer our customers our engines feature the best in emissions reduction technology, but still provide the lowest operating cost on the market,” says Semlow.

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