Natural Gas Powered Turbine Tests Reveal Positive Results
DeLand, Florida | March 18, 2009
Turbine Truck Engines, Inc. (TTE) (OTCBB: TTEG) announced today that monitored test runs of its Detonation Cycle Gas Turbine (DCGT) engine, utilizing Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) as a fuel source, yielded very positive results.
“The results, although not surprising, underline the green aspects of our engine design. Compressed Natural Gas produces fewer greenhouse gas emissions than conventional fuels such as diesel, gasoline or propane, but its use did not adversely affect our engine’s performance,” commented Mr. Michael Rouse, CEO of TTE. “These ongoing tests, using various alternative fuels, demonstrate that our technology can deliver higher efficiencies with any fuel, and all without any modification whatsoever to the engine,” he added.
The implications of this finding are significant. Currently, for instance, port authorities in Australia and the United States are requiring that vehicles entering their ports conform to higher emissions standards than vehicles elsewhere. Trailer loads often approach these ports using a widely available fuel, such as diesel, and must then be switched to other tractors (such as those powered by CNG) which meet port authority entrance requirements. “Because the DCGT engine can run on a variety of fuels, a rig can carry multiple fuel tanks, allowing its operator the flexibility required to meet both local emissions requirements and fuel availability constraints. This will improve operator’s bottom lines while positively impacting our environment,” explained Mr. Rouse.
In 2008, T. Boone Pickens unveiled The Pickens Plan, a comprehensive approach to national energy policy intended, in part, to reduce America’s dependence on foreign oil by investing in clean, renewable energy and transitioning the country’s transportation fleet to cleaner burning, domestically produced, natural gas. The Pickens Plan proposes that by modernizing the nation’s electrical grid and implementing wind and solar power strategies on a massive scale, the natural gas which is currently being consumed to generate 22% of the nation’s electricity can instead be used to power America’s entire truck and bus fleets. Since the DCGT engine can run efficiently on compressed natural gas, TTE technology could potentially benefit from the success of the Pickens Plan.
About Turbine Truck Engines, Inc.
Turbine Truck Engines, Inc. is a technology company focused on the development, manufacture and testing of its New Energy and Environmentally Efficient Truck Engine intended for mass market distribution in the United States and abroad. The new engine can utilize any known fuel source (gasoline, diesel, propane, natural gas, hydrogen, methanol, ethanol or LPG) or fuel mixture, yet needs zero coolant, lube oil, filters, or pumps. Its unique, lightweight turbine design has few moving parts, significantly reducing maintenance costs. The innovative cyclic detonation process produces a complete combustion of fuel-oxidizer mixtures, resulting in greater fuel economy and fewer harmful exhaust emissions. For more information concerning Turbine Truck Engines, Inc., visit www.ttengines.com.
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