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Switching diesel trucks to CNG.

California firm has announced an agreement with a refuse collection company to convert 21 diesel trucks to run on compressed natural gas.

The firm, Omnitek Engineering Corp., said the project is being carried out under an experimental permit issued by the California Air Resources Board to validate the durability of the components used to convert the engines and to collect data on performance and emissions.

Omnitek develops natural gas engines and has designed the technology that it wilt use to convert the refuse collection trucks. Omnitek did not disclose the terms of the deal or the name of the refuse collection company.

Werner Funk, president of Omnitek Engineering, said the customer operates a fleet of more than 18,000 refuse trucks and plans to convert the entire fleet to run on natural, gas, by engine conversions and as it replaces trucks.

On its website, Omnitek says it can "convert any existing diesel engine to a clean-burning natural gas engine at a fraction of the cost of a new engine."

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Title Annotation:NEWS & NOTES; Omnitek Engineering Corp; compressed natural gas
Comment:Switching diesel trucks to CNG.(NEWS & NOTES)(Omnitek Engineering Corp)(compressed natural gas)
Publication:Mechanical Engineering-CIME
Article Type:Brief article
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Date:Aug 1, 2012
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