CBTF 2015 Funding Clears the Way for Eminox SCRT

14/09/2015 - Eminox

Eminox supports all bidders and local authorities in submitting tenders for the recently announced Clean Bus Technology Fund (CBTF) 2015. Eminox SCRT technology reduces harmful diesel exhaust gases. It works efficiently in urban operating conditions and is the best way for local authorities to protect the health of the population from the damaging effects of NO2.

With elevated levels of air pollution remaining a challenge for many cities across the UK, the Department for Transport (DfT) has announced funding to help local authorities reduce nitrogen dioxide (NO2) emissions from local buses. The total fund available for this scheme is £5m. Local and transport authorities must submit their funding applications to DfT by Friday 30 October 2015. Funding is available for technology that achieves 50% or more NOx emissions reductions from the tailpipe, and impacts on other emissions including CO2 per vehicle.

CBTF 2015 supports those technologies that are able to provide vehicle emission testing evidence demonstrating high levels (at least 50%) of NOx reducing capabilities from the tailpipe, under driving conditions that are representative of the normal operation of the vehicle. This must be achieved while not significantly increasing the NO2/NO ratio. The evidence must be independently verified.

Gainsborough-based Eminox has developed SCRT technology, which has been retrofitted to more than 3,000 buses in Europe. The technology has been independently tested on the MLTB cycle, which simulates urban bus operation and reduces harmful NO2 emissions by 96.7%, along with NOx (95%), PM (98.8%), HC (98.1%) and CO (96.5%). In field data supports this with consistent reductions in excess of 95%.

Recent tests carried out by Kings College showed that retrofitting Eminox SCRT systems to 100 buses operating on Putney High Street achieved a sustained decrease in roadside NO2.

“Local authorities that apply for CBTF on the basis of SCRT-type technology will have taken a major step forward in tackling air pollution from bus exhausts in built up areas,” said Dr Martin Ott, Head of Retrofit at Eminox.

“Our SCRT technology is proven to work in the real world and is capable of virtually eliminating NO2 emissions from bus exhausts. It is ideally suited for those bidding for the CBTF grant. It is also significantly lower cost than buying new buses, so it represents good value and can deliver a greater impact for the funding available. Upgraded buses can also meet even tougher standards such as the new London Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) limits, which will come into force in 2020”.

Air pollution is estimated to cause 29,000 premature deaths in the UK each year, making poor air quality one of the most serious public health risks facing us today.