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Clean Air Power signs LOI for MicroPilot dual-fuel engine

LNG Industry,

Clean Air Power has signed a Letter of Intent to begin the first phase of a production development program for a MicroPilot diesel-natural gas engine for the South East Asian market.

This agreement follows the successful conclusion of a funded concept study with a global truck manufacturer, announced in February 2014.

Asian markets

This first phase of the program is targeted to commence in September 2014 and will last 6 months, generating revenues for Clean Air Power of over US$ 3 million. If successful, the program will then enter a second phase with the objective to bring a MicroPilot diesel-natural gas engine for the South East Asian and other markets to the start of production in 2017.

Clean Air Power will continue to be supported by Ricardo as part of the co-operation agreement signed in September 2013.


Commenting on the agreement, John Pettitt, CEO of Clean Air Power, said: "We are delighted to be moving from the concept phase to the first phase of production development on a MicroPilot diesel-natural gas engine with the potential to deliver a significant improvement in performance and efficiency.

“Our client is a progressive, global truck manufacturer with a bold ambition for the future application of compression-ignited natural gas engines. Its commitment to move ahead with this next phase demonstrates the quality of our technology and the value that our relationship with Ricardo can bring to OEM partners.

“Our ambition is to become a global design, development and delivery partner of compression-ignited natural gas engines and we are excited about the potential of this latest success to open the door to other OEMs partnerships."

Micro-Pilot engine

A MicroPilot diesel-natural gas engine is a fully interfaced engine system that takes advantage of Clean Air Power’s patented MicroPilot technology and modern diesel engine technology so that only very small (micro) quantities of diesel spray (pilot) are needed to ignite a mixture of natural gas and air, delivering levels of performance that are not possible to achieve with existing, retro-fitted dual-fuel system technology.

Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward

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