International Fuel Technology (IFT) of St. Louis, said it has completed final research and development steps for a fuel additive formula for diesel engines.
IFT said final tests have shown that diesel fuel containing its proprietary additive enabled heavy-duty diesel engines to achieve greater fuel economy and lower rates of harmful emissions as compared to engines using base diesel fuel. The company added that the tests also showed IFT’s additive significantly enhanced engine lubricity, effectively replacing lost lubricity resulting from use of ultra-low sulfur fuels, which are expected to start replacing existing diesel fuels as early as 2004.
"The ability to blend diesel fuel with substances known to reduce emissions such as ethanol, water or biodiesel has come at the expense of economic effectiveness. Our testing shows the ability of our additive to bring these two objectives together," said Jonathan R. Burst, IFT’s chairman and CEO. "Equally important, the results of the additive-only blend represent an immediate opportunity to enter the market with a product that will work with fuel blends such as ultra-low sulfur diesel and synthetic diesel."