New Study on Clean Diesel Technology Affirms Near-Zero Emissions, No Significant Health Impact

WASHINGTON, Jan. 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — The Diesel Technology Forum issued the following statement today regarding the multi-year Advanced Collaborative Emissions Study (ACES) conducted by the Health Effects Institute (HEI).

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HEI conducted the independent study of new technology diesel engines to determine whether the engines achieved the expected emissions reductions, thereby improving air quality for public health, as well as whether the new technologies resulted in any unintended increases in emission components.  The study concluded that exposure to new technology diesel exhaust does not cause any increase in the risk of lung cancer or other significant adverse health effects in study animals. 

“The significance of this study and its conclusions cannot be overstated,” said Allen Schaeffer, the Executive Director of the Diesel Technology Forum.  “The results of this new study verify the environmental benefits of the new clean diesel technology, which have near-zero emissions for nitrogen oxides (NOx), hydrocarbons (HC) and particulate matter (PM).  And while this study focused on heavy duty truck emissions, the new clean diesel technology has the potential for impacting all sectors, including passenger cars, agriculture, construction, maritime and transportation.

“As other countries embrace cleaner diesel fuels, they will also be able to reap the benefits of cleaner air with new clean diesel technology engines manufactured in the United States.  Today, one in four advanced clean diesel engines produced here is exported internationally.

“The comprehensive nature of this study by such an authoritative body as the Health Effects Institute is extremely significant.  It’s also important to highlight that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the California Air Resources Board, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Federal Highway Administration are sponsors of this study in conjunction with the manufacturers of emissions control equipment.”

The ACES effort has been guided by an independent Oversight Committee comprised primarily of academic scientists.

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“The findings of the ACES study are extremely important because diesel engines are the technology of choice that drives 15 sectors of the global economy―from agriculture to goods movement, from construction to warehousing.

“In the U.S., clean diesel technology has reduced particulate matter and NOx emissions by 98 percent compared to 1988 vehicles. Diesel technology has undergone a complete transformation beginning with a move to ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel in 2006 that reduced the fuel’s sulfur content by 97 percent. This cleaner fuel then enabled refinements in engine technology and the use of emission controls and reduction strategies that are now deployed throughout a wide range of industry, engines and technology.”

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Messer’s Combustion Technology Helps Improve Energy Efficiency and Emissions Reduction

SHANGHAI, Aug. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Messer, the German expert in oxy-fuel combustion technology, has recently signed contracts with more than 10 manufacturers in the fields of glass, scrap copper, frit and rockwool to provide its oxy-fuel solution. The tailor-made solution helps to reduce fuel consumption as well as to significantly decrease emissions.

With the Chinese government continuously tightening the policies on energy efficiency and emission reductions, manufacturers are facing big challenges and require cost efficient solutions. Messer’s oxy-fuel solution utilizes oxygen firing to replace conventional air firing, bringing the customers considerable environment and economic benefits.

CDGM Glass Co., Ltd., one of the largest optical glass manufacturers in China, has adopted Messer’s technology to improve its furnace combustion technology, resulting in a 60 percent reduction in fuel consumption. Chengdu Yingfeng Copper Co., Ltd. , a leader in scrap copper recycling in Sichuan province, not only reduced its energy consumption by 60 percent but also decreased its exhaust emissions by up to 80 percent with Messer’s oxy-fuel technology. In the frit field, Messer helped Lifa Frit Technology Co., Ltd., a well-known frit manufacturer in Hunan province, to achieve a 50 percent saving in fuel consumption as well as an 85 percent reduction in exhaust emissions.

“Messer’s patented oxy-fuel burner is an advantage that our customers are interested,” said Davor Spoljaric, Application Director of Messer Group, Metallurgy and Combustion. “Compared with our competitors, Messer’s burner is tailored case-by-case according to the different products and different furnaces of the customers. The special flame of the burner can not only help to save energy but also protect the inner wall of the furnace. In addition, the controlling system is designed based on the European safety standards and years of practice. It proves to be safe, reliable and easy to operate.”

Messer, with a rich history of more than 100 years of expertise in industrial gas, has dedicated in combustion technology for dozens of years. In its R&D centre for metallurgy and combustion technology in Austria, Messer is continuously improving its application technologies according to the customers’ needs. In each customer case in China, Messer’s Chinese technical team cooperates closely with its European experts to provide a complete solution, including the project planning, computational simulation, commissioning and optimization, maintenance and training.

About Messer

Messer is one of the leading industrial gas companies. Messer employs around 5,400 people in over 60 locations in more than 30 countries. Messer started investing in China in the middle of 1990s and so far has 22 companies located in Shanghai, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Hunan, Guangdong, Fujian, Sichuan, Chongqing and Yunnan provinces with a total investment of $1,000 million. Headquartered in Shanghai, Messer China has nearly 2,000 employees. The steady and successful developments have allowed Messer to join the ranks of the major foreign industrial gas providers in China. From acetylene to xenon, the Messer Group has one of the most diverse product portfolios on the market – it produces industrial gases such as oxygen, nitrogen, argon, carbon dioxide, hydrogen, helium, shielding gases for welding, specialty gases, medical gases and many different gas mixtures.

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Interush Launches iRush Help ‘Yunnan China 2014’ in the Aftermath of Devastating Quake

IRVINE, Calif., Aug. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — When a 6.1 magnitude earthquake struck the province of Yunnan in China on August 3rd, thousands of lives were severely impacted. The intense quake was followed by hundreds of aftershocks that emanated from the epicenter in Longtoushan Township, claiming hundreds of lives, injuring more than a thousand people and leaving survivors without food, shelter, transportation, and other basic necessities. Approximately 210,000 households and a million residents were reportedly affected.

In response to the tragedy, Interush has launched the iRush Help “Yunnan China 2014″ program to quickly address the crisis and provide immediate aid to the survivors. The program also aims to raise awareness and emphasize the need to get involved.

“The loss and devastation that resulted from the Yunnan earthquake is deeply troubling, and we will do what we can to better the rehabilitation and transition of the affected individuals and families,” said Martin Matthews, Chairman and CEO of Interush, Inc. “Every ounce of help is significant, so we must work together to make the biggest impact.”

Interush Affiliates and all those concerned may now send in their donations. To double the effect of financial assistance provided, Interush will match donations from Interush Affiliates until September 30, 2014.

Yunnan China 2014″ proceeds will go to ONE FOUNDATION, a non-profit organization that is continuously active in and dedicated to assisting those in need.  The charitable group was founded by film actor and Chinese Red Cross ambassador Jet Li in 2007, and also takes part in other disaster relief initiatives and children’s welfare.

As a token of appreciation and to further increase awareness, Interush will also give out iRush Help Shirts to the first 1,000 affiliates worldwide who send donations by September 30, 2014.

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Interush Responds to Kaohsiung Gas Explosion Tragedy with iRush Help ‘Kaohsiung Taiwan 2014’

IRVINE, Calif., Aug. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — In an unfortunate tragedy that left the city in deep crisis, massive gas explosions hit the city of Kaohsiung in Taiwan on July 31st. The explosions incurred enormous damage both to the lives of city dwellers and the area’s infrastructure, claiming approximately 30 lives, injuring hundreds, and negatively impacting an estimated 84,000. The city continues to be in a state of rehabilitation, and the Taiwan public has responded with a tremendous outpouring of generosity.

To contribute to the continuous recovery of the city, iRush Help has formed the “Kaohsiung Taiwan 2014” program. iRush Help was originally created to provide an avenue where concerned individuals can “rush to help” survivors of natural disasters, and new programs are created when tragedies of great magnitude arise.

Interush Affiliates and concerned individuals may now send in their donations. To increase the impact of the program on those in need, Interush will match donations from Interush Affiliates until September 30, 2014.

Taiwan desperately needs aid at this time and iRush Help is open to those who would like to help,” said Martin Matthews, Chairman and CEO of Interush, Inc. “We all must work to spread awareness and increase involvement, so that Kaohsiung may be able to rebuild the lives of the survivors in the aftermath of this tragedy.”

“Kaohsiung Taiwan 2014” proceeds will be transferred to the Social Affairs Bureau, an organization of the Kaohsiung City Government that runs welfare programs for children, teens, women and seniors, as well as social assistance and community development programs. As of August 4, the bureau has received 9,000 donations from a variety of large groups, including major corporations, governmental organizations, religious groups and concerned entertainers.

To express gratitude and appreciation to those who provide assistance, Interush will also give out iRush Help Shirts to the first 1,000 affiliates worldwide who send donations by September 30, 2014.

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Frost & Sullivan: Increased Conventional and Unconventional O&G Explorations Drive New Investments in Latin American Positive Displacement Pump Market

– Brand awareness campaigns and training programs on the applications of positive displacement pumps are vital for market success

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina, July 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Strong investment in the oil and gas (O&G) and petrochemical industries in Latin America is fueling the demand for positive displacement pumps in the region. The development of the infrastructure and food and beverage manufacturing industries to meet the accommodation and consumption needs of the expanding population, is also adding momentum to the market.

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New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Analysis of the Latin American Positive Displacement Pump Market, finds that the market earned revenues of $464.5 million in 2013 and estimates this to reach $626.7 million in 2020. Although Latin America’s gross domestic product is expected to decelerate to an average of three to four percent, the demand for positive displacement pumps will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 4.4 percent mainly due to new applications in the O&G and petrochemical industries. The study covers rotary, reciprocating and peristaltic pumps.

“With the mining industry in Latin America garnering major interest from state governments and international companies, opportunities for positive displacement pump manufacturers are also emerging in this space,” said Frost & Sullivan Industrial Automation & Process Control Research Analyst Aida Paola Conti.

However, the price sensitivity of end users and their limited awareness on the advantages of positive displacement pumps and alternative technologies have been major obstacles to market development. In addition, the unstable economic condition in some leading Latin American countries has dampened consumer confidence and led to project delays. Along with the expected decrease in foreign direct investment, these factors are challenging positive displacement pump manufacturers.

“In this scenario, successful brand awareness campaigns are critical to gain market acceptance and differentiate products from the competition,” stated Conti. “Training programs on the current and new applications of positive displacement pumps are also important to attract end users across Latin America.”

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Analysis of the Latin American Positive Displacement Pump Market is part of the Industrial Automation & Process Control ( Growth Partnership Service program. Frost & Sullivan’s related studies include: Global Sanitary Pump Market in the Food and Beverage Industry, Global Pumps Market in the Chemicals Industry, Pumps and Valves in the North American Shale Industry, and Global Metering Pump Market. All studies included in subscriptions provide detailed market opportunities and industry trends evaluated following extensive interviews with market participants.

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Meridium Announces Strategic Investment by GE Measurement & Control

ROANOKE, Va., July 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Meridium®, Inc. (, the global leader in asset performance management (APM) software and services, announced today that GE’s Measurement & Control business has made a strategic minority equity investment in Meridium, and will enter into a new, non-exclusive alliance and distribution agreement that interfaces Meridium’s APM software and GE’s Bently Nevada System 1™ Asset Condition Monitoring (ACM) software. The combined offering will enable condition-based maintenance and real time management of equipment downtime and production risks for customers in oil and gas, power generation, hydrocarbon processing, and other asset-intensive industries, maximizing operational effectiveness and preserving and extending the life of capital assets.

The investment in Meridium aligns with GE’s focus on the Industrial Internet and its commitment to connect human insight with machine intelligence and advanced analytics to drive increased productivity in global industries. According to Art Eunson, General Manager of GE’s Bently Nevada, “The way we do business is being dramatically altered in the era of the Industrial Internet. We are realizing the increased productivity and efficiency gains from big data and analytics delivered in real-time. The partnership with Meridium will increase value for our customers, allowing them to quantify risk in a near real-time manner. We are unlocking the value of condition based maintenance, which will lead to reduced maintenance costs, increased mechanical availability and less downtime for our customers.”

The combination of Meridium APM and GE ACM into a unique software offering will provide a more holistic view of plant operations, connecting sensors to business impact and plant systems. Together, Meridium and GE provide an unparalleled solution for customers to quantify the value of condition monitoring while managing the reliability, strategy, and operational risk of their assets.

“Working with GE across mutual clients over many years taught us that together we could produce additional significant tangible value through collaboration and interfaces,” said Bonz Hart, Meridium’s Founder and CEO. “As we looked at the strengths of each company and our rapidly expanding global markets, working closer together made sense for our clients and to better serve our markets. GE’s Bently Nevada operates in a multi-OEM and multi-system world, as does Meridium, so we’re also tightly aligned on strategy. GE’s minority investment allows Meridium to stay focused on innovation and support our global growth.”

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Noble Group and EIG Form New Energy Company

HONG KONG and WASHINGTON, July 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Noble Group Limited (SGX: N21) (“Noble”) and EIG Global Energy Partners (“EIG”) today announced the formation and commitment to capitalize Harbour Energy, Ltd (“Harbour Energy”), a company that will own and operate upstream and midstream energy assets globally. Harbour Energy will seek to own high quality assets that provide exposure to key supply trends while capturing value up-lift associated with control of offtake, logistics and supply chain management. Noble will be preferred offtake and marketing partner of Harbour Energy, while EIG, together with the company’s internal management team, will serve as manager of the company and oversee the acquisition of assets. Harbour Energy’s capitalization will be funded solely through balance sheet capital of each of Noble and EIG.

EIG also announced today that Linda Z. Cook has been appointed a Managing Director of EIG, a member of EIG’s Executive Committee and CEO of Harbour Energy.

“The creation of Harbour Energy gives us the exciting opportunity of joining with an industry leader such as EIG to exploit the tremendous opportunities that the changing global energy markets are presenting,” said Yusuf Alireza, Chief Executive Officer of Noble. “This transaction represents a significant milestone in the continued implementation of Noble’s ‘asset light’ strategy, exploiting our best in class expertise in logistics and supply chain management, while partnering with market leading asset managers and owners.”

R. Blair Thomas, Chief Executive Officer of EIG, said, “New sources of supply, together with demand growth in Asia, are driving fundamental changes in the energy sector and related trade flows. By partnering with Noble, we believe Harbour Energy will be uniquely positioned to benefit from the established global platforms of each of our firms and capture value both through the ownership and operational improvement of assets and the flow business those assets generate. We couldn’t be more pleased that someone of the caliber of Linda Cook has agreed to join EIG and serve as CEO of Harbour Energy. She is an extraordinarily accomplished senior executive with deep operating and management expertise across all facets of the global energy industry.”