Jacobs Vehicle Systems Partners with ClearFlame Engine Technologies
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Jacobs Vehicle Systems Partners with ClearFlame Engine Technologies

By CIOReview | Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Clear Flame is developing engine technology that allows low-carbon and carbon-negative fuels to be readily integrated into existing diesel engine platforms, providing a more sustainable and cost-effective alternative to diesel.

FREMONT, CA: Jacobs Vehicle Systems, a global manufacturer of engine, retarding, and valve actuation systems for the commercial vehicle industry, recently partnered with Clear Flame Engine Technologies, a growing start-up pioneering a new engine technology that allows low-carbon and carbon-negative fuels to be easily integrated into existing heavy-duty diesel engine platforms.

“The hardware used in the CDA system supplied to Clear Flame utilizes the same technology that we are supplying all of our diesel engine partners,” said Steve Ernest, Vice President, engineering and business development, Jacobs. “It ensures higher combustion temperatures in an engines operating cylinders to bring about higher temperatures in the exhaust systems during low-load and start-up operation. The higher temperatures are necessary to limit harmful emissions that otherwise would be released into the environment by a diesel-fueled engine’s exhaust aftertreatment system during cooler vehicle operation.”

Clear Flame is developing engine technology that allows low-carbon and carbon-negative fuels to be readily integrated into existing diesel engine platforms, providing a more sustainable and cost-effective alternative to diesel. It has the same performance, efficiency, and rugged practicality as diesel engines but without the need for expensive after-treatment systems. In addition, the Clear Flame engine technology minimizes greenhouse gas emissions, particulate matter, and smog by replacing all petroleum fuel with decarbonized fuels like ethanol, helping to meet strict emissions laws while lowering total engine costs.

“Incorporating the Jacobs CDA system into our engine provides many benefits, the most important being the additional flexibility that enables us to use a range of alternative fuels that are lower in pollution than diesel,” said Julie Blumreiter, chief technology officer and co-founder, Clear Flame. “We are pleased to work with Jacobs on this initiative, which demonstrates that advanced diesel engine technology can be used even more effectively with the Clear Flame solution.”