Fuel Technologies (AFTC)
Low Cost Fuel Injection Equipment Has Been Used by Volvo Truck Corp. Since
Alternative Fuel Technologies
(AFTC) is a research & development organization engaged in the
design, development and prototype manufacturing of advanced fuel systems for
use with a new alternative fuel -- dimethyl either (DME).
has developed practical, low-cost fuel injection equipment for DME fueled
vehicles and currently provides complete DME fuel systems for testing and
research purposes in addition to retrofit systems that can be used with most
diesel engines. The company's ultimate goal is series production of DME fuel
systems for the global automotive market by 2011. The company’s highly
experienced specialists also anticipate increased prototype and military
sales in 2009 and 2010.
Powertrain has been demonstrating trucks and engines running in Sweden using
AFTC’s fuel technology for fourteen years. AFTC recently completed an
agreement to supply prototype fuel systems to Ford of Europe (Aachen,
Germany) for research purposes. The Company also recently announced it will
be doing a test project with the U.S. Army. It is developing an advanced
diesel fuel injection system for the military that will operate on jet fuel.
DME is a new ultra-clean diesel
fuel replacement that can be produced from abundant resources. These include
natural gas, landfill methane, coal and biomass. At current oil prices, DME
can be produced and distributed at 1/4 to 1/2 the cost of conventional fuel,
depending on the source. When burned in a diesel engine, all soot emissions
are eliminated and NOx emissions are lowered dramatically without the use of
expensive exhaust after treatment devices.
Recently completed an agreement to supply prototype fuel
systems to Ford of Europe (Aachen, Germany) for research purposes.
Volvo Powertrain has been demonstrating trucks and
engines running in Sweden using AFTC’s fuel technology.
Is developing an advanced
diesel fuel injection system for the military that will operate on jet
The company has experienced
significant success in selling their prototypes, which is evidenced by
its recent sales and ongoing relationships with entities as substantial
as the US ARMY and the Korean Institute for Energy Research (KIER),
which is a South Korean Government Agency.
With more then 5.8 million
diesel engines currently registered in Korea alone, the growth potential
into Asia is still in its infancy. DME production in China has
quadrupled from 2006 to 2007 and expected to steadily increase in the
Announced President and CEO
Jim McCandless has been invited back to Washington, DC to offer insight
on how his alternative fuel and related technologies are capable of
reducing fuel costs for the United States Military.
Announced that it has
received a Phase 1 SBIR1 from the United States Army to assess the
acceptability of running jet fuel (JP-8) in a very high pressure (30,000
psi) diesel fuel injection system.
Announced the Company has
successfully completed a Phase 1 SBIR (Small Business Innovation
Research) project and has submitted a draft final report.
the Company has successfully completed a Phase 1 SBIR (Small Business
Innovation Research) project for the Army and has submitted a draft
Announced that Volvo
Powertrain visited AFTC's offices recently to see the latest DME
and to discuss supplying Volvo with AFTC's new DME high pressure pump
for combustion and emissions development. Volvo already has six DME fuel
systems and has been working with AFTC since 1995.
Announced that after the
signing of a contract with Ford Motor Company to supply them with a DME
fuel system for a single cylinder alternative fuels/emissions research
project, the Company is on schedule to make delivery of the DME Fuel
System in August of this year.
News and Press Releases
Fuel Technology Successfully Completes Phase 1 SBIR Report
Fuel Technologies Provides Corporate Update and Recaps Recent Successes
Supplies DME Products to The Korea Institute of Energy Research
Fuel Technologies Inc. Procures Contract With the Korean Institute of Energy
Fuel Technologies Inc. Announces Test With Ford
Fuel Technologies Inc. Hosts Volvo Executives
Fuel Technologies CEO Has Accepted Invitation to Speak as a "Key
Expert" in Washington, DC
Fuel Technologies Inc. Announces Test Project With US Army
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has developed practical, low cost fuel injection equipment for DME fueled
vehicles. Volvo Truck Corp. (in Sweden) has been using AFTC's fuel systems
in field demonstrations and in laboratory research since 1995.
others have demonstrated DME fueled vehicles (in Japan, Korea and China),
the fuel injection systems used were converted diesel systems that are not
technically feasible for production.
an ultra-clean diesel fuel replacement that can be manufactured at low cost
from abundant resources, including stranded natural gas, coal and biomass.
Biomass sources include corn stover (corn stalk waste), switch grass,
prairie grass, black liquor (from pulp mills) wood wastes and others. Today,
the cost of producing DME1 is only ¼ to ½ of diesel fuel produced from
crude oil, depending on the feed stock used.
DME is an
extremely clean burning fuel that does not produce any particulate (PM)
emissions (black smoke). In 1998, the State of California identified diesel
PM as a toxic air contaminant based on its potential to cause cancer,
premature death, and other health problems. In addition to eliminating PM,
DME radically lowers emissions of NOx, HC & SOx. Preliminary test data
indicate that US 2010 exhaust emission regulations can be met without the
use of particulate traps or NOx catalysts. These devices add an estimated
$5000 to the cost of a heavy-duty truck and $2500 to a diesel passenger
lifecycle CO2 emissions (a green house gas that causes global warming) when
it is produced using biomass feedstock. If we could switch all internal
combustion engines to burn BioDME, we could significantly slow global
DME is a
multi-purpose fuel in that it can be used as a propane replacement for home
heating and cooking, a gas turbine fuel for power generation, and as a fuel
for diesel powered vehicles.
Because of its
low cost, abundant feed stocks, low emissions and versatility of use, DME is
rapidly being exploited in Asia. The Chinese, Japanese and Koreans are
investing heavily in DME, both in R&D and the construction of production
facilities. There are four major organizations in the world that are working
to bring DME to market as a diesel fuel replacement. These organizations
are: International DME Association ; Japanese DME Forum ; Korean DME
Forum ; and the Chinese DME Association.
major companies are members of these groups, including Shell Global
Research, Total, Volvo, Isuzu, Indian Oil Co., JFE Holdings, Korea Gas,
Lurgi, Haldor Topsoe, Methanex, XINAO, etc. Already China is producing more
than1 Million tons/year of DME for cooking and heating and plans are in
place and underway to produce 20 million tons/year by 2020.
AFTC is now
working on our 4th generation system that is intended for production in
2011. This “Production Intent” design has 1/3 fewer parts than previous
designs and can operate at 50% higher pressures. It has been designed to be
manufactured on flexible and low cost CNC equipment to minimize CAPEX and
maximize shareholder return.
DME Fuel System (Production Intent)
AFTC and many others believe that DME can and will:
Significantly reduce fuel costs
both engine exhaust and overall CO2 emissions
Improve global energy security.
Company is convinced that AFTC’s fuel system technology leads the world and will become a
successful and profitable product beginning in 2011.
McCandless - Chief
Mr. McCandless has been Chief Executive
Officer of Alternative Fuel Technologies from 2005 to the present. He
founded the company to further develop DME fuel system technology for
passenger car, medium and heavy-duty trucks & buses.
His accomplishments include:
Producing 6 DME fuel systems
for Volvo Truck.
Demonstrating Truck (Euro V)
intent” common rail fuel injection system.
Developed compact DME feed
pump to transfer fuel from tank to injection system.
Built & tooled CNC &
precision grind shop.
Started AVL’s first
engineering organization in the USA.
Invented and developed
advanced fuel injection system for DME.
Promoted DME around the
World…7 Countries, 50 presentations.
emissions and noise on both passenger car and heavy-duty truck diesel
engines burning DME.
Engineering 1986–1993 Navistar Engine & Foundry Div Melrose
Vice President Engineering
1982–1986 Kohler Co.-Engine Div Kohler, WI.
Division Chief Engineer
1968-1969 Teledyne Continental Motors (Military Diesel Engines).
1966-1967 US Navy Reserve-Swift Boat Combat Service, Vietnam.
Over 12 US Patents Awarded.
Lloyd L. Winthrow (SAE)
award for excellence in oral presentations.
Published numerous SAE
papers and made hundreds of technical oral presentations.
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