Transforming transport

Paul Boughton

Global water, energy and maintenance solutions provider, NCH Europe is calling for haulage companies, urban transport operators and fleet vehicle professionals to improve their focus on environmental efficiency in commercial vehicles. The call comes ahead of Solutrans, the transport tradeshow, where NCH Europe will be exhibiting from 17-21 November, 2015 at Eurexpo in Lyon, France.

Now in its 13th session, the biennial trade fair designed for haulage and urban transport professionals, as well as vehicle original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs), brings together 37,000 visitors with 350 exhibitors. Over 150 new innovations to the sector can be discovered at this year’s event.

NCH Europe will be exhibiting K KUBE, DPF Protect and Screen Clean, three products designed to help transport professionals improve fuel economy, reduce emissions and meet regulatory objectives. The products cover the core categories of fuel storage, fuel usage and screen cleaning.

K KUBE is an automated fuel-additive delivery system that doses storage tanks with the required amount of additive during fuel delivery. It is designed to improve fuel quality and combustion characteristics.

"K KUBE not only boosts fuel economy by five per cent for every 100,000 litres of diesel, it also tackles some of the key problems associated with storing fuel," explained Mark Burnett, VP of the lubricants and fuel additives Innovation Platform of global water, energy and maintenance solutions provider NCH Europe.

"Problems such as contamination from water and organic matter, can lead to microbiological growth, scale and corrosion inside fuel storage tanks. By using K KUBE, transport professionals can ultimately increase their return on investment (ROI) and meet their emissions reduction targets.

"In our tests, we found that K KUBE reduced carbon monoxide by 12.1 per cent, nitrogen oxides by 19.1 %, particles by 20.6%, carbon dioxide by 3.5% and fuel consumption by 3.3%. That's a saving of over €18,000 per 1m litres of fuel."

Building on the importance of fixed fuel-storage, DPF Protect is a fuel additive with soot-burn technology that targets fuel usage in heavy and light commercial vehicles on the move. To comply with Euro VI regulations on emissions reduction, new commercial vehicles must now be fitted with a diesel particulate filter (DPF) to capture harmful particulates that contribute to the degradation of air quality.

DPF Protect reduces the temperature at which the onboard DPF activates for regeneration. In stop-start traffic DPFs often struggle to achieve a high enough temperature to start clearing soot. DPF Protect reduces this temperature from 550˚C to just 400, reducing emissions and improving fuel economy.

"The environmental impact of emissions and fuel economy is currently in the public eye, in light of the recent emissions scandal," continued Burnett. "Simply adding one litre of DPF Protect every six months to heavy commercial vehicles and half a litre for light commercial vehicles is all that's needed to see drastic changes."

The third product NCH Europe will be exhibiting at Solutrans, is the Screen Clean tablet. Replacing the need to store large quantities of liquid screen wash, NCH has developed a concentrated tablet which dissolves in water to produce five litres of screen wash.

"Because it's a small tablet packaged in a simple card blister pack, we've calculated that Screen Clean tablet could save 1,278 metric tons of plastic per year," explained Burnett. "Drivers no longer need to carry heavy bottles of screen wash and, because it dissolves in water, the solution doesn't contain alcohol. A common solvent used in the screen wash industry, alcohol contributes heavily to the deterioration of rubber in windscreen wiper blades."

Visitors to Solutrans can learn more about these and other NCH maintenance products including X-Rust 7, a rust removal solution, as well as how to improve fuel economy, reduce harmful emissions and save on maintenance costs by visiting NCH Europe on stand 3F'148 from 17-21 November.

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