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
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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 Energy Company decides to go forward with the second system after a year of successful operation on the first unit.
Aggreko expands its sites using dual fuel with another system.
A new spark ignition switcher project is underway at ECI, July 2013
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
Pearl Energy in the Gulf of Thailand is visited by a ECI service technician to commission the dual fuel system to one of their KTA50 G9 generators on oil platform
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.
Puerto Plata power generation in Dominican Republic has four 20-645 EMD Dual Fuel systems commissioned with LNG fuel supply.
May 2011 ECI with its customer in Dominican Republic commission two Wartsila 18V32 7.8 Mega Watt generators.
April 2011 Brazil, ECI with support of Ameco commissions two more GE Dash 9 locomotives making a total of 4 GE conversions for VALE.
Jan 2011, Sidunor in Barranquilla Columbia. ECI worked with Sidunor service technicians to apply new Economizer technology to vintage dual fuel Worthington diesel generators.
In Pakistan Dec. 2010 ECI revisits its customer site PTA to tune up the operation of their Cat 3608 BLG.
October 2010 with support from our distributor SEN, ECI commissions another system in Indonesia. In Jakarta we have converted a Mitsubishi S16N PTAA 1975kw
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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