With our industry united in seeking solutions to reduce the environmental impact of the sector as well as keen to find potential cost savings at a time when margins are seriously squeezed it is exciting to hear of a product that can achieve both. We talk to Gwyn Lewis, the founder of Shrewsbury-based company, ElimiNOX Limited, to find out more about their fuel conditioner and how it could assist farmers and contractors in making the transition to clean fuels as well as contributing to the bottom line – an appealing combination!
ElimiNOX Eco™ is a pre-combustion fuel conditioner that can be added to fuel storage tanks prior to vehicle filling or directly into the vehicle fuel tank. The product has made a major breakthrough in the reduction of harmful emissions from diesel fumes and can also save users money. As Gwyn Lewis, the founder of ElimiNOX states:
“Now that users can save money and our planet at the same time - why wouldn’t they? In fact, this news is a game-changer for all diesel and petrol users throughout the globe.”
Ahead of the major climate change conference, COP26, which is taking place in Glasgow in November, Gwyn considers this to be a story of global importance. A bold claim to make perhaps, however, the product has been rigorously and successfully tested by world-renowned laboratories giving ElmiNOX the research to back up their bold statements about its efficacy. The test results have been declared to be ‘game-changing for the diesel engine, environmental pollution and the health problems associated with diesel engine pollutants. ElimiNOX Eco™, which incorporates the technology of SulNOx Group Plc and is manufactured by one of the world’s leading specialty chemical manufacturers, Nouryon, dramatically reduces all the environmental pollutants produced by diesel engines.
Gwyn outlines the benefits of using the fuel conditioner:
“Not only does it dramatically reduces all the environmental pollutants produced by diesel engines but is also enables the engines to perform far more efficiently thus reducing fuel usage and saving money. An additional benefit of use is that ElimiNOX Eco™ cleans fuel when added to fuel storage tanks, and ensures diesel bug is both eliminated and prevented.”
The claims are bold, but one forward-looking company, Besblock Ltd of Telford, which runs a fleet of 27 Euro 6 trucks and is keen to reduce its carbon footprint, has already been using ElimiNOX Eco™ and reports extremely encouraging results. As Mervyn Smith, transport manager comments:
“After using ElimiNOX Eco™ since May, we have been pleasantly surprised with the results with an 8% improvement in MPG and an extended period of the particulate warning light not illuminating or reverting to limp mode, which confirms a reduction in PM emissions.
“As a forward-looking innovative company, we believe ElimiNOX Eco™ will undoubtedly reduce our carbon footprint. The fleet of 27 trucks are all running extremely well during the period, and not suffered any usual fuel related problems.”
Mr. Andrew Huxley MD of Besblock said, “Not only does ElimiNOX Eco™ fit in with our wider sustainability plans and will help to reduce our carbon footprint but it has also saved us money. With that, alongside the fuel filter replacements and maintenance costs of our fleet reduced, we’re looking at 9-10% savings per year“
· Fuel savings of 8%
· Fuel filter replacements and maintenance costs reduced (vehicle downtime decreased)
·A potential saving in the region of 9-10% per annum
Significant emissions reductions
Independent tests have also shown that toxic exhaust levels drop significantly and ElimiNOX have provided us these reduction figures, based on tests carried out by leading testing laboratories.
CO -72.8% CO2 - 31.06% PM 2.5 - 61.43% PM 10 - 52.48%
The reduction in particulate matter being significant as it is the most harmful pollutant.
Decarbonisation and the quest of Net-Zero 2050 is of primary importance to ElimiNOX. Emissions of PM2.5 and PM10 from marine fuels are higher than any other fuel type and the climate-warming effect is estimated to be up to 3,200 times stronger than carbon dioxide on a 20-year timescale. Our PM reductions of up to 60% is huge step in helping companies work towards decarbonisation goals and the quest of Net-Zero 2050
A recent test with HVO resulted in a further reduction of 22% in Particulate Matter.
Another ElimiNOX customer uses ElimiNOX Eco™ in his own diesel Mercedes Car and shared with us an unexpected outcome in his recent MOT results. When the emissions were taken as a part of the test, they recorded zero.
Mr Llewellyn who undertook this MOT commented: “In my 30 years doing this job, I have never seen a result like this. It is truly extraordinary.”
ElimiNOX Eco™ not only works with diesel and petrol engines but also with kerosene in-home fuel applications ensuring household boilers run more smoothly, more efficiently and with fewer nasty pollutants being generated. ElimiNOX Eco™ also prevents diesel bug growth in fuel to keep it in pristine condition, by emulsifying free water into the fuel, giving a cleaner more powerful burn rate. Other additives demulsify water, leaving it at the bottom of the storage tank, providing a breeding ground for diesel bug, rust and other contaminants.
Recent trials with HVO show a decrease of over 22% in particulate matter which is highly significant.
As a further endorsement of the product, Bureau Veritas has certified that fuel treated with *ElimiNOX Eco™ retained EN590 compliance. Additionally, they measured over 30% improvement in lubricity following dosing the fuel to the recommended 1:2000 ratio, which ensures a longer life for injectors, turbos and fuel pumps
We asked Gwyn what he sees next for this promising product.
“Currently we are working with a number of major oil companies in the UK to roll ElimiNOX Eco™ out as a premixed fuel,” he answered. “Being members of UKIFDA we are keen to work with the liquid fuels industry to provide a practical solution that gives instant results in order to extend the life of carbon fuels and play a key role in enabling the transition to clean fuels to net zero over the next decade or so.”
ElimiNOX Eco™ is available online and several retail outlets now and we are looking for additional distribution partners in the farm machinery community.
“We look forward to sharing further updates with the readers of The Farmer.”
*All references, quotes & statements are with kind permission from SulNOx Group Plc