Mark Ringen, Technical Director at Extreme Energy Solutions, works on retro-fitting a heavy duty diesel engine Credits: Jennifer Murphy
Mark Ringen (l) and Dave Pullis, Vernon DPW Director (r) discuss maintenance and upkeep of SMART Emissions Reducers Credits: Jennifer Murphy
Ringen installs SMART Emissions Reducer Credits: Jennifer Murphy
Vernon's Vehicles Enter Pilot Program
Saturday, August 25, 2012 • 1:39am
Vernon, NJ – Six vehicles in Vernon Township were retro-fitted today, with a device aimed at reducing emissions and increasing fuel efficiency, as part of a 90 day trial program to test the vehicles’ results.
Representatives from Extreme Energy Solutions, Inc., located in Ogdensburg, NJ, made a presentation last week to Mayor Vic Marotta, Business Administrator, Mr. Gerald J. Giaimis, Chief of Police, Mr. Roy Wherry, and Director of Public Works, Dave Pullis, to provide the opportunity for Vernon Township to enter into the program, using Smart Emissions Reducers.
After checking references to find out how other businesses and municipalities fared in similar trials, the Mayor reported that, “the people that we spoke to indicated to us that Extreme Energy Solutions staff had performed exactly as they represented they would and in fact, this particular emissions catalyst that they are putting on the market is a significant breakthrough.”
“Obviously, being able to reduce emissions is a very admirable objective,” he continued. “And this particular product, which is a fairly simple install on our vehicles, and a relatively inexpensive one, will definitely reduce emissions, and that is the primary benefit. From my point of view, although this is important, there seems to be a documentable increase in fuel efficiency. We, in Vernon Township, spend nearly $300,000 per year in gasoline for our vehicles. Based on the literature and experience that was presented to us, we can look for a reduction in the cost of the fuel, because fuel efficiency is definitely improved with the addition of the Smart Emissions Reducer.”
The six vehicles that were chosen for the testing include two police cars, two crew trucks, and two heavy duty diesel dump trucks. Close monitoring by the township will reveal exactly what the gain or loss in fuel cost will be, and what the condition of the oil is to see if we the amount of time between oil changes can be extended.
Marotta explained that “the places that have installed this apparatus before, find they can extend their oil changes from every three thousand miles to every five thousand miles, without doing any damage or affecting the warranty of the engines. We’ll be saving on filters, oil and the labor involved in doing those changes.”
“We will monitor the tests very closely," he continued. "If the tests run the way we think that they are going to, we will then begin to budget money to add the Smart Emissions Reducer to our entire fleet over time. It wouldn’t be wise for us to do it all at once, simply because of the economics of it, but we will set up a calendar and a time table to do a conversion, if the tests prove to be as good as they have been represented to us. I believe that they will.”
DPW Director Dave Pullis explained that it was too soon to say whether the device would show results.
“We’ll have to wait and see,” he said.
After he received instructions on the maintenance of the device, which requires cleaning after the first 1,000 miles and then again with every oil change, he was asked whether the required upkeep would create additional problems or burdens for the DPW mechanics, he replied, “No, it is very doable.”
“We maintain all the fire trucks, ambulances, police cars, the building inspectors, and all the heavy equipment," Pullis added.
He mentioned that it will be easier to see changes in the police cars and crew trucks which are heavily used. The large dump trucks are not always in service.
Samuel K. Burlum, CEO/President of Extreme Energy Solutions, Inc., commented. "We have been diligent in sharing the overall experiences and results that have been obtained by other government, business fleets, and community entities.”
According to Burlum, “The success of the SMART device means more than just helping the environment and saving money on fuel; it is a viable step in getting people back to work.”
“Every product that moves off the assembly line into the hands of our clients brings us closer to hiring more staff here in America, since all of Extreme's product lines are made in the USA,” he explained.
Burlum continued, “The success of other trial programs that later became rolling install productions have put over a dozen local residents back to work just in Sussex County alone. Vernon Township can be proud of the fact that not only are they potentially going to save the town money, they will be aiding in the future employment of staff who would service such accounts. It’s a win-win for many."
The devices were installed by Extreme Energy Solutions’ Technical Director, Mark Ringen, who explained that one of the benefits will be to the police officers and DPW road crew, “When they are standing behind the running vehicles, either directing traffic or fixing the road, they are not going to get all the hydrocarbons in their faces.”
He pointed out that the mileage gains may not impress the drivers of the vehicles, but most certainly, “they will care about what they are breathing.”
Ringen further commented, “I am happy to be installing another township’s vehicles. I’ve just returned from Douglas County, Oregon and Winnebago County, Illinois, and they were extremely pleased with the results.”
The entire trial program is at no cost to the community.
Marotta clarified, “There is no cost to Vernon Township, and that always indicates to me that you are dealing with a reputable company. When they are willing to make the kind of investment that they are making to run this pilot program, it tells me that they believe in their product. I have every reason to believe that the results will be as they have represented to us.”
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