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August 09, 2011 | Diesel Technology Forum
San Antonio, TX - More than 100 state legislative energy leaders representing 25 states at the National Conference of State Legislatures' (NCSL) 2011 Energy Policy Summit heard a keynote presentation that highlighted how new clean diesel technology is helping to improve transportation efficiency and environmental performance in the growing clean energy technology spectrum.
Allen Schaeffer, Executive Director of the Diesel Technology Forum (DTF), gave the keynote address during the Energy Policy Summit luncheon during the first day of the NCSL Legislative Summit in San Antonio. The Energy Policy Summit presentation also included displays of the most modern 2011 clean diesel trucks, tractors, school buses, and automobiles.
Schaeffer explained diesel's advantages in its inherent superior energy density compared to other fuels such as gasoline, natural gas and renewable fuels. "Diesel's superior energy density along with its low emissions, durability, efficiency and availability, means that clean diesel will play a strong role in establishing a sustainable energy future." In addition, he said the growing use of hybrid technologies and renewable diesel fuels in concert with diesel engines would enable significant savings in petroleum consumption and CO2 emissions.
Schaeffer displayed graphs that showed how the purchase of heavy-duty diesel pickup trucks sold from 2003-2007 saved 37 times more CO2 emissions and 25 times more fuel than would be saved by the number of Prius' purchased during the same four year period. When asked about which technologies would enable further improvements in diesel engines and equipment, he highlighted the growing role for advanced fuel injection systems and turbo-charging and engine boosting technologies to achieve lower emissions and increases in fuel economy.
He also explained that there was "no one silver bullet, but rather several silver technology pellets" that would all contribute to the realization of a greener transportation future. Nevertheless, the lack of available alternatives, particularly in the construction, locomotive and marine sectors, strongly indicate that clean diesel technology would be part of our transportation system for the foreseeable future.
In addition to Monday's Energy Summit luncheon, about 6,000 legislators, staff and other attendees are expected to attend the DTF's clean diesel technology exhibit and luncheon on Wednesday, August 10th in Hall D at the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center. The Forum's exhibit includes fuel-efficient heavy-duty trucks, highway construction equipment, farm tractors, light duty trucks, automobiles, and school buses from Caterpillar, Chrysler Group LLC, Cummins Inc., Daimler AG, Deere and Company, Ford Motor Company, General Motors Company, and Volkswagen Group of American Inc.
Clean Diesel Technology Being Exhibited At 2011 NCSL Legislative Summit
- 2011 Ford F-250 XL Pickup Truck
- 2011 GMC Sierra 2500 HD 4WD Crewcab Diesel Pickup Truck
- 2011 Ram 3500 Laramie with 6.7L Cummins® Turbo Diesel Pickup Truck
- 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
- Cat® 140M2 Motor Grader
- Cummins 2010 ISX15 Clean Diesel Engine/Peterbilt Truck
- John Deere 8260R Row-Crop Tractor
- John Deere Gator XUV 855D 4x4 Diesel
- Thomas Built Buses Saf-T-Liner C2e Diesel-Electric Hybrid School Bus
ABOUT THE DIESEL TECHNOLOGY FORUM
The Diesel Technology Forum is a non-profit national organization dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of diesel engines, fuel and technology. Forum members are leaders in clean diesel technology and represent the three key elements of the modern clean-diesel system: advanced engines, vehicles and equipment, cleaner diesel fuel and emissions-control systems. For more information visit www.dieselforum.org.