Loughborough University probably has found a true clean diesel breakthrough.
According to a British research team at the Loughborough University in Leicestershire, England, claims that it has a new system for the reduction or possibly eliminating the dangerous NOx emissions from diesel engines moreover the team states that with a proper financial support the technology could possibly reach the market in 2 years.
The system is called ACCT (ammonia creation and conversion technology), it converts AdBlue (readily available so-called diesel exhaust fluid customarily used by most of the diesel vehicles) into an ammonia rich solution which deconstructs the oxides of nitrogen leaving behind harmless nitrogen and water. In a nutshell, ACCT is capable of working at lower temperature whereas AdBlue requires a normal temperature in order to work properly.
Based on a study of Skoda taxis, the preliminary reports suggest that it can capture about 98% of NOx as compared to the current system with 60%.
One of the study's leaders, Professor Graham Hargrave says that the NOx is just initiative but it is a serious problem and it's really a point source issue. He further added that it's only a matter of a tiny minority of location; if we solve it we can get a reduction in carbon dioxide which holds significance everywhere.
The team says that they would like to partner with some major suppliers on this aspect in order to speed up the proliferation. The research is, however, considering several cities and countries trying to figure out a way to clean the air. Rome, Paris, Madrid, Mexico, Athens and Greece are planning on banning diesel within the city borders or centers. Porsche is still sticking with the fuel for at least another generation of Cayenne's whereas FCA is planning to ditch it by 2022. On the other hand, Ford has just added a new power stroke v-6 to its f-150 lineup. Still, all the manufacturers will be paying attention to the issue.