Caterpillar Marine Power Systems recently had the opportunity to demonstrate its emissions reduction technology at a Diesel Technology Forum, held September 2009, in Washington, D.C., U.S.A. The forum provided policymakers an up close and personal view of technology that makes for a more rounded and realistic understanding of the importance of diesel and the progress the industry has made on many fronts on-road, off-road and marine.
Allen Schaeffer, executive director of the Diesel Technology Forum explained, “We want to leave them with the right information so that in making the next policy decision on clear air, energy or climate, they have some experience with clean diesel.” In addition to clean diesel machinery on display, Caterpillar also featured the debut of its 3500 engine upgrade kit technology. This technology is currently being field tested in several sites throughout the United States. As customers face additional regulatory pressure from municipalities, states and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the need for updated engine technology has become crucial.
The engine technology will allow customers to update their pre-EPA Tier I mechanical engines into a fully compliant electronically controlled engine by making intrinsic changes to the engine during a normal overhaul. According to the company, these changes can be made without having to remove the engines from the vessel and without adding weight.