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Study provides strategic observations on 2010 EPA compliance

As Heavy-Duty truck manufacturers work to position themselves as global leaders in green technology, there have been concerted efforts to develop innovative diesel engine emission reduction technologies and solutions to address a variety of regulations.

A new study from global growth consulting company Frost & Sullivan, Strategic Analysis of Emission and Idling Reduction Technologies for EPA 2010 and Idling Reduction Technologies, observes: “As global emission regulations tighten in an effort to reduce global warming and fossil fuel reliance, the market for emission and idling reduction technologies will experience considerable growth.”

“Stricter environmental regulations, growing generic competition, and spiraling R&D costs have caused the North American heavy-duty truck industry to pay closer attention to the impending emission and idling reduction regulations,” notes Frost & Sullivan's Program Manager Sandeep Kar. Idling regulations directly affect the more than 2.5 million heavy-duty trucks used for long-haul purposes.

The implementation of these regulations will offer opportunities to companies to offer innovative emission hardware reduction solutions at attractive price-points, he says, as well as services and applications that enable regulation compliance monitoring.

The analysis concludes that escalating fuel efficiency concerns, foreign oil dependency, air quality deterioration, global warming, and noise pollution concerns will continue to spur regulations, along with the demand for emission reduction technologies.

Among the technologies covered in the Frost & Sullivan's research: Lean-NOx trap (LNT), selective catalytic reduction (SCR), exhaust gas recirculation (EGR), and cooled EGR aftermarket treatments; turbochargers; auxiliary power units; thermal energy storage systems; and truck electrification systems.

“The current situation demands concerted efforts by all stakeholders to develop standardized technology platforms that can spawn innovative and cost-effective emission reduction solutions,” says Kar. “The development and introduction of harmonized engines, aftertreatment systems, and idling reduction solutions will likely benefit end users by providing an attractive return on investment for regulatory compliance technologies.”

In addition, the analysis finds: “Industry participants and consumers must act collaboratively to ensure collective action aimed at increasing adoption of emission reduction technologies. Vertical integration activities, such as OEM partnerships for the development and introduction of advanced emission reduction technologies, will also increase adoption.”

For a virtual brochure that provides an overview of the Strategic Analysis of Emission and Idling Reduction Technologies for EPA 2010 and Idling Reduction Technologies study, send an e-mail to Frost & Sullivan's Sara Villarruel at [email protected]. Include your full name, company name, title, telephone number, company e-mail address, company website, city, state, and country. Upon receipt of this information, the overview will be e-mailed.

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