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Back To Diesel Products>Environmental Solutions Worldwide Inc: Xtrm Cat™ Diesel Oxidation Catalyst Selected for $2 Million EPA Emerging Technology Grant Award

By: Business Wire

Nov. 19, 2009 01:08 PM

Environmental Solutions Worldwide Inc. (OTCBB: ESWW) (Frankfurt Stock Exchange FWB: EOW) announced today that its wholly owned subsidiary ESW Canada Inc. (ESWC) received notification from the Mississippi River Corridor –Tennessee (MRCT) that the Company’s Xtrm Cat™ High Performance Diesel Oxidation Catalyst (DOC) Marine/Locomotive catalyst technology has been selected by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for a $2 million dollar funded grant program. This program is part of ‘The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009’ $300 million dollar Stimulus Fund directed towards the deployment of diesel emission reduction retrofit technologies.(1.)

This grant award was made possible by the collaboration and efforts of the MRCT, the Ingram Barge Company, Emisstar LLC and ESWC, and will result in the retrofit installation of 13 Xtrm Cat™ DOC’s on six vessels owned and operated by Ingram Barge Company. Ingram Barge, a Tennessee based corporation, is the one of the largest barge companies in North America, with over 130 motor vessels and approximately 4,000 barges operating throughout much of the nation’s inland waterway system including the Mississippi River. (2.)

The diesel engine emission reductions from the application of the Xtrm Cat™ DOC’s on Ingram’s vessels is projected to be in excess of 94.3 tons of Particulate Matter (PM) over the 5-year project life. This significant amount of PM reduction is equivalent to removing over 200 diesel powered highway trucks from local highways. With anticipated completion in the 1st quarter of 2010, this application will represent the largest single deployment of emissions retrofit devices on vessels operating on inland waterways in North America.

In October of 2008 the Company’s XTRM CAT™ Marine/Locomotive high performance DOC became the first, and remains the only technology to be listed by the EPA as an ‘Emerging Technology’ for marine 2-stroke, Tier 0 and Tier 1, turbocharged EMD model engines. This listing provides a platform for the Xtrm Cat™ to be funded in showcase programs as the technology moves through the process of achieving EPA verification/certification. Currently there are approximately 20,000 of these types of diesel powered engines in service in marine vessels within North America waters. (3.)

In March 2008, EPA finalized a three part program that will dramatically reduce emissions from marine diesel engines below 30 liters per cylinder displacement. These include marine propulsion engines used on vessels from recreational and small fishing boats to towboats, tugboats and Great Lake freighters, and marine auxiliary engines ranging from small generator sets to large generator sets on oceangoing vessels. The rule will cut PM emission from these engines by as much as 90 percent and NOx emissions by as much as 80 percent when fully implemented. (4.)

David J. Johnson, ESW's President and CEO commented “A project of this significance could not be accomplished without key partnerships representing local non-profit, environmental consulting; private-sector transportation coupled with ground breaking technology. We are very proud of the coalition that was formed to bring this project to fruition and believe the sheer magnitude of in excess of 94 tons of PM reductions will represent significant benefits to communities along the Mississippi River. We applaud and support Ingram’s leadership in the waterway industry as we enter a new era in corporate environmental responsibility.”

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