Ethanol Diesel Nudges Closer to Market

ClearFlame Partners with North America's Largest Diesel Engine Remanufacturer


By Todd Neeley, DTN/Progressive Farmer 



LINCOLN, Neb. (DTN) -- ClearFlame Engine Technologies announced on Tuesday a handful of what the company said are key partnerships to help the company meet its goal of commercializing its ethanol-diesel engine technology by the end of 2023.


ClearFlame signed memorandums of understanding with Reviva and Vander Haag's, Inc., to integrate the technology into a Class-8 truck, according to a news release. In addition, ClearFlame launched its first pilot fleet trial with Beck's, the largest family-owned retail seed company in the U.S. and third-largest seed brand.


Also, a coalition including Central Indiana Ethanol, CountryMark and Co-Alliance Cooperative Inc. have partnered to sell E98, a 98% ethanol blend, to Beck's to fuel the pilot. The ClearFlame engine can run on 98% ethanol straight off the rack or even on E85 so long as the fuel is close to 85% ethanol.


As part of ClearFlame's agreements for engine modification, Minneapolis-based Reviva will be integrating ClearFlame's kit into existing Cummins X15 engines that will carry two-year warranties.


Reviva is the largest privately held diesel engine remanufacturer in North America and its engines are available at most aftermarket truck component suppliers and large truck dealers in the U.S. and Canada. Vander Haag's, Inc., with nine locations throughout the Midwest, will be reinstalling the ClearFlame engines into Class-8 trucks.


During the pilot, ClearFlame said the truck is accumulating miles and driving long distances in a range of operating conditions. That includes short-haul routes between the company's Indiana locations, with a variety of different load types.


ClearFlame said it will be conducting "several other pilots" through the end of the year...