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From powering the generators that give hospitals electricity within 10 seconds of a blackout to fueling military and disaster-relief vehicles, diesel is a key player in protecting our public health and safety.

Emergency Backup Power

Each second counts in the operating room, and diesel is a silent yet reliable partner to virtually every hospital across the country. No other energy source provides full-strength backup power within seconds of a failure by the primary electricity grid.

In the aftermath of hurricanes, diesel-powered equipment immediately goes to work, aiding in rescue operations and clean up processes. Diesel's work continues as a partner in the rebuilding efforts. During power outages, diesel supplies the back-up power to keep critical services in operation.

Emergency Response

Call 911, and odds are that a piece of diesel-powered equipment will respond. Fire trucks, ambulances, and other rescue equipment all rely on diesel.  Diesel is also becoming the power of choice for police cars. 

Homeland Security and Public Safety

Diesel vehicles play an important role in protecting our public safety and homeland security. Approximately one-third of the fuel consumed by the U.S. military each year is diesel. And, in the aftermath of the 2001 terrorist attacks, diesel-powered construction equipment played a major role in the recovery and cleanup operations.

Just what is clean diesel? Learn about the components of clean diesel technology from the engine to the fuel to the emissions control systems.


Commentary: Clean diesel in the USA – part of the air pollution solution?
August 13, 2015 // Air Quality News (United Kingdom)

Reductions in NOx and particulate emissions from diesel vehicles in the USA shows how the technology can be part of the solution to air quality problems, writes Alan Schaeffer, executive director of the Diesel Technology Forum.  read more

French President Holland: "We must defend the diesel engine"
March 29, 2015 // Auto Plus (France)

French President Francois Hollande: "I want to highlight that the most recent diesel engines are also the most efficient in the fight against the greenhouse gas emissions. It’s really important to say it because on one hand diversification is a must – thi. . .  read more

Study affirms diesel emissions technology, boosting efforts to replace old engines
February 10, 2015 // The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“It’s a game-changing study,” said Frank O’Donnell, president of the Clean Air Watch, a nonprofit environmental advocacy group based in Washington D.C. “It absolutely confirms that modern pollution controls can convert the dirty diesel engine into somethi. . .  read more

Spotlight: Yanmar America Corporation

Yanmar, celebrating its 100th year in 2012, is credited for developing the world’s first commercially viable small diesel engine in 1933. T...

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