NY Clean Diesel Technology Evaluated

Southern Research Institute today announced that it has completed the first round of installations and testing of clean. diesel technologies

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. and MORRISVILLE, N.C. -- Southern Research Institute today announced that it has completed the

first round of installations and testing of clean diesel technologies for the Clean Diesel Technology/Off-Road Field-Testing Program at the New York City Department of Sanitation in Maspeth, Queens, NY.

The demonstration and in-use testing of a variety of passive, active, and flow through diesel particulate filters, diesel oxidation catalysts, and a selective catalytic reduction system on the DSNY non-road construction equipment will provide needed information on the effectiveness of these technologies in novel applications, in addition to providing

significant reductions in emissions from the DSNY fleet.

Under a three-year contract with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), Southern Research has developed and assembled a testing protocol and is also managing the testing efforts for the project with the goal being to reduce air pollution in New York State. This universal testing protocol can be adopted and utilized by other state and federal agencies for in-use emission testing.


The purpose of the program is to evaluate and improve diesel emissions from off-road equipment, generate emission factors with and without control technologies and assess the performance of the control technologies tested using a standard in-use testing protocol developed under the program.

The focus is on off- road vehicles, typically used in construction, is an important element in understanding how emission-control technologies can play a role in improving air quality in the New York City Metropolitan Area and statewide. We are pleased to cooperate with several government agencies in this project.

"This is an important initiative to help control air pollution caused by emissions from existing diesel engines," said Stephen Piccot, director of Environment and Energy Research at Southern Research Institute. "Our collaborative approach will provide important performance, economic, and operational information that will be invaluable in designing future diesel retrofit programs, not to mention developing better air quality policies and equipment usage guidelines."