The California Air Resources Board has awarded the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach and its consortium partners, Union Pacific Railroad and Johnson Matthey $346,000 to demonstrate DPF technology on a switch locomotive to achieve EPA Tier 4 PM standards
MALVERN, PA, December 30, 2010-The California Air Resources Board (CARB) announced it has selected projects to demonstrate advanced clean engine technologies to reduce exhaust emissions from locomotives, including one project that will demonstrate advanced particulate filter technology for switch locomotives operating in the Ports of Los Angeles (POLA) and Long Beach (POLB) in California.
POLA and POLB, along with consortium partners, the Union Pacific Railroad and Johnson Matthey, will test a Johnson Matthey locomotive PM filter system at the ports. CARB is providing the matching funds as part of their Air Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) under the Assembly Bill (AB) 118. The project is targeted for completion on June 30, 2012.
California's AQIP is an incentive program that authorizes CARB to fund the demonstration of technology advancing projects through 2015. AQIP focuses primarily on reducing criteria pollutant emissions, with concurrent reductions in greenhouse gas emissions as a co-benefit.
To reduce both toxic and smog-forming air pollutants, such as those emitted from the port switch locomotives, the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) is seeking to gradually shift public agencies like the ports to low emissions and alternative fuel vehicles. Emissions of diesel particulate matter (PM) which are associated with causing a variety of health effects, including premature death and a number of heart and lung diseases is of special interest to the ports.
Johnson Matthey's diesel particulate filter system has already proven itself by reducing 85% or more of the PM emissions from on-road heavy-duty and stationary diesel engines in new or retrofit applications, helping engine owners and operators meet increasingly stringent environmental regulations. The company's diesel particulate filter systems also reduce HC and CO emissions.
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specialty chemicals company focused on its core skills in catalysts, precious metals, fine chemicals and process technologies. The $15 billion company was founded in 1817 and employs around 9,000 people in 30 countries.
About Johnson Matthey Stationary Emissions Control (SEC):
Johnson Matthey SEC is well known for its total systems approach to solving customer's emissions problems, as well as a reputation for strong customer support at the field service level. The SEC group designs and supplies catalysts and engineers catalytic systems to control emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx), carbon monoxide (CO), hydrocarbons (HC), volatile organic compounds (VOC), hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) and particulate matter (PM). SEC is dedicated to the research, development and application of catalyst technology to improve quality of life by reducing air emissions.
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