Tecogen forms Ultera Technologies Inc. to develop propane engine technology

December 19, 2017 By    

Tecogen Inc. formed Ultera Technologies Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tecogen, which will develop and commercialize a prototype of Tecogen’s Ultera emissions technology for non-stationary vehicle applications, specifically spark-ignited engines powered by propane and other fuels.

Additionally, the company reports, Ultera will assume responsibility for the development of the technology for propane-powered fork trucks, which is sponsored by a grant from the Propane Education & Research Council.

Tecogen says Barbara Ann Bernard will chair a five-person board for Ultera Technologies. Benjamin Locke will serve as CEO and Robert Panora will serve as president.

“I am honored to take the wheel because I wholeheartedly believe that, as Tecogen shareholders, our contribution to the world will be dramatically improved air quality; and as a result, substantial shareholder value will be created,” Bernard says. 

Bernard says the need for Ultera’s technology has never been greater.

“Today, in cities such as New Delhi, the air is poisonous. Pollution is 30 times the levels considered safe by the World Health Organization,” Bernard says. “Such toxic air is equivalent to smoking more than two packs of cigarettes per day.”

Bernard highlights independent testing in a lab setting proved that Ultera’s technology is effective in nearly eliminating carbon dioxide (CO), nitrogen oxide (NOx), and non-methane hydrocarbons (NMOG) emissions.

“The goal now is to have our technology incorporated into an automobile so that we can test it in real world driving conditions,” Bernard says.

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