Press Release

ClearFlame’s Genset Technology Progresses Through Phase One Trials

July 11, 2023

Geneva, Ill., July 11, 2023 – A power generator demo unit genset, relying on a first-ever use of FuelAdaptive™ engine technologies patented by innovation company, ClearFlame Engine Technologies, has successfully progressed through phase one trials. The trial was conducted by EPRI in collaboration with ClearFlame and Duke Energy. In addition to a series of other tests, the genset completed a successful 24-hour continuous power test.

“The pilot demo marked the first ever genset demonstration for our company,” said Robert Schanz, ClearFlame Vice President, Research & Development. “Performed at the Battery Innovation Center in Newberry, Ind., the tests included multiple duty cycles, in addition to the 24-hour continuous test. We're pleased to report that the feedback was very positive overall. All eyes now focus on the second pilot, where our engine will power a real customer with a renewable low carbon fuel.”

Phase two testing in conjunction with ComEd, an Exelon company in Illinois will be the next step in the product development process.

“There’s a clear need in the power generation market for reliable clean power to supplement and complement EV grids, whether during episodic black-outs, daily peak power periods or when a rapid recharge is required,” said Kevin Cellucci, ClearFlame’s Director of Strategy. “ClearFlame’s engine allows the genset unit to run on clean, widely available ethanol, reducing carbon, cutting costs and offering a sustainable mobile power source that we are developing to work in nearly all weather and terrain conditions. It’s exciting to see this new product continue to prove its value and efficacy.”

Founded in 2016 by engineering entrepreneurs, Drs. BJ Johnson and Julie Blumreiter, ClearFlame Engine Technologies develops transformational innovations to serve people, planet and profit. The company, headquartered in Geneva, Illinois, has earned more than $50 million in seed funding, Series A financing, and most recently Series B investments. Key investors include Mercuria, Breakthrough Energy Ventures, WINDVentures, Rio Tinto and Clean Energy Ventures. The company's patented FuelAdaptive™ engine technologies reduce carbon and cut costs with initial products in the trucking, power generation, mining and agricultural markets. The company has been recognized as “Next Big Thing in Tech” by Fast Company, as one of the “Most Promising Sustainability Startups in Transportation by top venture capitalists (VCs)” according to Business Insider, and one of the “3 Truck Trends to Watch for in 2023” by Heavy Duty Trucking.


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