BLOOMFIELD, CT – Jacobs Vehicle Systems®, a worldwide manufacturer of engine retarding and valve actuation systems for the commercial vehicle industry, recently teamed with ClearFlame Engine Technologies, a growing start-up dedicated to clean engine technology, to further advance the company’s heavy-duty decarbonized engine solution. Jacobs provided installation support of its patented Cylinder Deactivation (CDA) technology, which complements the ClearFlame high-temperature, carbon-neutral strategy.
ClearFlame is pioneering engine technology that enables low-carbon and carbon-negative fuels to be easily integrated into existing diesel engine platforms, offering a more sustainable and cost-effective solution than diesel fuel. It provides the same performance, efficiency, and rugged practicality associated with diesel engines, while eliminating the need for costly aftertreatment solutions. By replacing all of the petroleum fuel used with decarbonized fuels such as ethanol, the ClearFlame engine technology significantly reduces greenhouse gas emissions, particulate matter and smog, helping to meet stringent emissions regulations while reducing overall engine cost.
“The hardware used in our CDA system utilizes the same technology that we are supplying all of our diesel engine partners,” said Steve Ernest, vice president, engineering and business development, for Jacobs. “It ensures higher combustion temperatures in an engine’s operating cylinders to bring about higher temperatures in the exhaust systems during low-load and start-up operation.”
The higher temperatures, he added, are necessary to limit harmful emissions that otherwise would be released into the environment by a diesel-fueled engine’s exhaust aftertreatment systems during cooler vehicle operation.
“Incorporating the Jacobs CDA system into our engine provides many benefits, the most important being the additional flexibility that enables us to use a range of alternative fuels that are lower in pollution than diesel,” said Julie Blumreiter, chief technology officer and co-founder, ClearFlame. “We’re pleased to work with Jacobs on this initiative, which demonstrates that advanced diesel engine technology can be used even more effectively with the ClearFlame solution.”
About Jacobs Vehicle Systems
Jacobs Vehicle Systems is headquartered in Bloomfield, Conn., where it has a 25,000 square meter design, testing and manufacturing facility, with support sites in Europe, Japan, and India as well as manufacturing facilities in Suzhou, China and Brno, Czech Republic. Jake Brake® products are used by heavy and medium-duty diesel engine manufacturers globally. Registered to the ISO 14001 and IATF16949 standards, Jacobs Vehicle Systems is the world’s leading producer of vehicle retarding and valve actuation technologies and can be found at jakebrake.com.
About ClearFlame Engine Technologies
At ClearFlame Engine Technologies, we’re breaking the bond between the diesel engine and diesel fuel, accelerating the path to true emissions reduction for the heavy-duty and off-highway markets. Our technology meets global emissions regulations using climate-friendly fuels available throughout the world. Our technology lowers costs by negating the need for complex aftertreatment technologies without compromising the practicality or performance of traditional diesel engines. For more information, visit www.clearflameengines.com, and follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter (@ClearFlameEng).