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2018-02-01 08:50

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Sydney - The 30-litre portable D-Carb Global machines take 30-60 minutes to clean an engine and can be used on up to three engines – such as passenger cars – simultaneously, significantly reducing labour costs.

While the device can be used to treat any internal combustion engine, it is extremely effective on diesel motors, which can quickly build up with carbon, causing black smoke, particulates and unspent fuel to spew into the atmosphere.

Engines that are free of carbon build up deliver greater power, torque and fuel efficiency and are less likely to break down because they are not forced to work as hard.

The technology has been developed in Adelaide, South Australia, and the exclusive global licence has been secured by South Australian company D-Carb Global.

The mobile machine initiates electrolysis that creates hydrogen and oxygen vapour. The vapour is then piped through the engine via a hose attached to the air filter, effectively oxidising the carbons and pushing them out of the vehicles exhaust.

D-Carb Global CEO John Stewart said 200 units would be manufactured in the first production run.

He said the portability and cost effectiveness and short treatment times the units allowed meant they were ideal for automotive outlets, vehicle dealerships, transport companies, mining operations, fishing fleets, public transport providers and mechanical workshops.

“There’s a significant environmental benefit and cost benefit so anyone who puts it in is not just saving the world, (through reduced carbon emissions), they’re saving money as well,” Stewart said.

According to Stewart, tests and modelling at a transport company with a fleet of 100 trucks that were treated with the machine as part of regular servicing led to initial fuel savings of 7.8 per cent and net savings of $100 000 a year.

“What we’ve got here is an opportunity for continuous carbon reduction. It reduces all forms of toxic emissions – nitrogen oxides, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons,” he said.

Stewart said the first units would likely be sold in March with strong early interest coming from China, Canada and Australia.

He said he was also working on a number of classified projects which would elevate the D-Carb system both in terms of carbon reduction and data management. Both will be ready for commercial release mid-year.

D-Carb Global is working with a local manufacturer in Adelaide to ensure production can be scaled up quickly. It is also looking for distributors in international market, particularly the United Stated and South East Asia.

“Transport companies are a huge potential market – they are prolific users of fuel and are based in every country throughout the world, this combined with that they run their trucks pretty much 24/7 indicates the fuel savings would be massive. A similar scenario exists in the mining industry which we have also flagged as a great opportunity,” Stewart said.

“We can save between 4 and 7% guaranteed, that’s a huge saving considering that their trucks, generators and a lot of their machinery run on expensive diesel.

“If we can reduce the amount of emissions of vehicles going underground, we are improving the working conditions for the miners too.”

D-Carb Global will initially target companies with high truck usage such as heavy transport, mining and agriculture.

Stewart said there was a global focus on environmental improvement as well as reducing consumer costs.

He said his units were also well suited to passenger vehicles because they could be easily adjusted to deliver an exact amount of hydrogen and oxygen depending on engine size and could treat multiple engines at one time.

“It’s a mobile unit, so it can be used on any application, anywhere and it’s cost effective.

“The units can also be used to generate carbon credits so a big emitter of carbon might look at this as an opportunity and say ‘let’s own them, lease them out and generate carbon credits to offset our other operations’.”

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