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June 27, 2016

A trio of innovative Canadians have come up with a novel approach to dramatically reducing internal combustion engine emissions (reductions between 33 and 90 per cent have been achieved in testing). Anthony Hardenne, President and CEO of Advanced Technology Emission Solutions Inc. (ATES) spoke with CAF about its Smart Induction Catalytic Converter (SI-Cat) technology which uses heat to get the system working faster, in turn reducing harmful emissions.

CAF: A lot of attention is being paid today to technologies such as electric, hybrid, CNG and others. That being said, the majority of vehicles today use internal combustion engines. Your device, the SI-CAT, promises to help ICE technology reduce emissions further. How does it work?

HARDENNE: Our smart induction catalyst (SI-Cat) electrically heats the ceramic substrates that are commonly found in today’s modern emissions after treatment systems. This enables the powertrain engineers to thermally manage the emissions system via the vehicle’s ECU. This transformative changes makes the emission system dynamically respond to the real world driving conditions of the vehicle. The net result is the emission system gets up to optimal operating temperature rapidly and is maintained through our smart induction catalyst technology.

CAF: How did the SI-CAT come to be?

HARDENNE: In 2012 we identified a challenge facing the industry as a result of the global harmonization of emissions regulations that continue to reduce the permissible limits of internal combustion engines and thought there must be a novel method of enhancing the performance of the existing components within the current design of emissions after treatment systems. After a lot of hard work, research and development, our technology team lead by Rob Crawford and John Douglas identified an incremental change that could result in dramatic performance enhancements. The novel idea was to add induction heating to the ceramic catalysts.

CAF: Is this a device that would need to be installed at the production stage of the process, or as an aftermarket part?

HARDENNE: This is a production stage technology. It must be optimized for each vehicles specific heat signature and managed by the ECU therefore it is most suitable for production vehicles.

CAF: Do you have any OEM or part manufactures that have signed up to use the device.

HARDENNE: There is a lot of interest from the OEM’s and their Tier 1 suppliers. We are working with many of them to identify the most appropriate path to commercialization our smart induction catalyst technology.

CAF: When can consumers expect to see this product in operation.

HARDENNE: Current estimates suggest that consumers will see our technology in model year 2020 vehicles.

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