Natural Gas Alternatives
Energy Conversions Inc. (ECI) designs and manufactures natural gas and dual fuel or bi fuel systems for diesel engines common to power generators, offshore drilling, industrial and locomotive industries.
In the early 1990's, Energy Conversions was the first to commercially demonstrate a natural gas powered locomotive. The ECI retrofit system, which converts a General Motors EMD diesel engine to dual fuel operation (some call Bi fuel), uses electronically controlled direct fuel injection and is capable of full horsepower high fuel replacements (90%) while substantially reducing emissions. Now offering spark ignition for EMD engines and the Economizer systems for a more simplified conversion of four stroke diesel engines
Today, ECI continues to develop and implement their natural gas systems for power generators, locomotives and various power applications worldwide while researching new avenues of alternative fuel use.
Other alternative fuels that ECI has interest in, DME and Hydrogen both demonstrate very clean alternatives to today's fuels. Development in infrastructure and fuel cost will be the determining factor
Products & Services - Systems to operate your engines with natural gas. Also includes a description of ECI's capabilities as a research facility for engine development.
Applications - ECI's natural gas systems are used in a range of industrial applications including Locomotives, Power Generation, Marine, and Offshore Drilling uses.
Performance Specifications- Power ratings, fuel consumption, and emissions data for ECI conversions systems.
Publications- Articles, technical papers, and testimonies written about ECI engine products.
News - ECI's recent contributions in the field of natural gas use. Includes industry links.
Emissions- Discussion of the emissions advantage on of an ECI conversion.
Picture Gallery- Just pictures of ECI conversions.
Economizer ECI's latest product development
EMD CONVERSION SYSTEMS
ECI Dual Fuel Source book- An essay on Natural Gas and its use as a fuel source for locomotives and power generation. This publication has been around now for a while but is still a great resource for facts about Natural Gas as an alternative fuel source.
Thailand: with the help of our distributor Precision Power Services, ECI is commissioning the second Cummins KTA50 generator set on Mubadala Ban-Yen platform 3/25/14
A new spark ignition locomotive switcher project is underway at ECI, the project is coming together. commissioning in Altoona is anticipated April, 2014
GES in Dominican Republic has their fourth 3516 generator system commissioned and the other 3 units tuned up for optimum operation
Heartland Mill commissions its Cat 3406 generator reaching over 70% diesel replacement. The date 10/11/12 will go down in infamy (at least for us) :) Thank you Heartland Mills
Canadian National is making application of the ECI EMD conversion system to 2 of their SD40-2 locomotives. The systems delivered earlier this year have been commissioned and placed in revenue service end of October 2012.
Indian Railroad commissions the first of 10 DEMU passenger locomotives for dual fuel. ECI with the help of our distributor CLH in New Delhi has delivered our order for two units and have completed the first step in the program in record time. June 2012
January 2012, Laesa applies conversion systems to two more of the mighty Wartsila 18V32's making a total of four. Fuel supply is LNG based.
Napa Valley Railroad continues to operate one of its locomotives with 100% gas. Now with the increasing price of diesel, operation with gas is more than just cleaner its a lot cheaper.
ECI tests dual fuel operation with bio diesel proving identical operation while blending alternative fuels
Global warming on your mind? Natural gas is a perfect midterm solution. Natural gas is the highest hydrogen to carbon ratio fuel. Engines running natural gas with diesel typically have 20 to 30% less CO2 emissions. When you are talking about the single largest pollutant from exhaust, 20% is a huge number.
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