Data, Science, and Reducing GHGs

As noted in our last blog post, Blutip's SmartRFuel management platform works by modifying the timing of fuel injection to diesel engines. How does this help save fuel AND protect the environment? 

Blutip's SmartRControl algorithm causes more fuel combustion to occur within the engine itself, increasing fuel efficiency, lowering boost pressures, and reducing exhaust gas emissions into the external atmosphere.  Here's a snapshot of data from recent dynamometer testing:

Recent test results from the Blutip dyno, showing reduced fuel burn and engine boost pressure, as well as reduced exhaust gas temperatures.

Recent test results from the Blutip dyno, showing reduced fuel burn and engine boost pressure, as well as reduced exhaust gas temperatures.

Blutip's SmartRControl is active in the middle of the chart (white line), where we can see roughly a 5% drop in the instantaneous fuel rate (orange line), and a reduction in engine boost pressure (yellow line) and exhaust gas temperatures (green line). Reducing the fuel burn rate helps the typical large mine save millions of dollars annually on one of their largest operating expenses. Mines can achieve a 4-8% fuel savings through use of SmartRControl. 

But what about the environment, and mines' commitments to reduce greenhouse gases ("GHG")? First, a short primer on GHGs.

The primary greenhouse gases are CO2 (carbon dioxide), methane, N2O (nitrous oxide) and fluorinated gases. Nitrous oxide has a 300X greater impact on global warming than CO2.  N2O should not be confused with NOx. NOx is a family of various gases (such as nitric oxide or nitrogen dioxide) formed when fuel is burned at high temperatures. NOx is not commonly considered a major contributor to climate change. 

When SmartRControl is leveraged to improve engine efficiency, the results typically include a dramatic reduction in particulate matter emissions, a reduction in CO2 similar in magnitude to the fuel savings percentage, and a measurable increase in NOx.  Particulate emissions are hazardous to those in the vicinity and are known to be carcinogenic, CO2 is the most abundance greenhouse gas in our atmosphere and a major contributor to global warming, and NOx gases are respiratory irritants that are typically short-lived in the atmosphere and are smog-forming.

SmartRControl lowers exhaust gas temperatures (EGTs) and reduces particulate emissions by up to 70%. Partnering with mining companies such as Newmont, we've also proven that Blutip technology has the potential to reduce GHGs by 2% or, in some studies, even more. How? By causing more combustion to occur in the engine chamber itself, fuel is burned more efficiently, reducing CO2 accordingly. This approach also dramatically reduces the particulates released outside the engine. 

In some countries, notably the USA, the addition of after-market emissions control equipment such as SmartRControl is restricted by regulations. However, in those instances, Blutip's SmartRView data telematics system can still be used to assess the fuel efficiency and environmental impact of a fleet of trucks, or even when considering the purchase of trucks from competing manufacturers. Our "always-on" portal allows easy access to the data you need for purchase decisions, environmental compliance analyses, or fleet retirement assessments.

But don't take our word for it. Contact us today and we'll send you our full test data results, showing the reduction in fuel burn, EGTs, and boost pressures at various RPMs and loading factors. If that data is intriguing - and we think it will be - we can talk about starting a risk-free trial at your mine site. After all, the most compelling data is your own.

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