Tiny particles yield big results
Fuel costs are on the rise again and while this may not be the biggest ticket item in a yacht’s operation, fuel efficiency still is a big deal for both private and charter yachts. In addition to economy, the yachting industry is also looking for ways to be more environmentally friendly and is experimenting with solutions like alternate fuels, hybrid engines and new types of propulsion. While none is widely available for most of the existing fleet, Rochester, NY-based Cerion Energy has a solution that is. Its answer is a liquid fuel additive. The company’s innovative product improves engine efficiency and reduces environmental impact without requiring any changes to the engine room. The additive contains a nanoparticle catalyst that improves efficiency and reduces emissions by improving the distribution of oxygen in the engine’s combustion chamber, resulting in higher mechanical efficiency. The wide-roaming McMullen & Wing Big Fish, the 2003 Codecasa Apogee and motoryacht Nero, among others, reported good results when they added the GO2 Diesel Fuel Optimizer to their usual diesel. Early reports show that the liquid additive can reduce fuel consumption from 8 to 14 percent and significantly reduce soot (up to 40 percent) and fumes (by as much as 70 percent). Fewer traces of soot on the hull exterior also results in less maintenance during and after crossings. Independent tests have shown that the additive does not make significant changes to the fuel properties, which means most engine manufacturers probably won’t protest its use. Based on these great results, Cerion is developing an international network of authorized dealers. Currently, Palma-based ECOsuperyacht is an exclusive distributor in Europe.
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