Tennessee: Da Vinci Fuel-in-Oil Reduces Emissions, Wins R&D 100 Award

Project Overview
Positive Impact: Da Vinci Fuel-in-Oil increases fuel efficiency, lowers greenhouse gas emissions. DAFIO receives 2013 R&D 100 Award.
Location: Tennessee
Partners: Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Da Vinci Emissions Services Ltd., Cummins Inc.
EERE Investment: $150,000 over three years
Clean Energy Sector: Sustainable transportationPDF

Developed jointly by Da Vinci Emissions Services Ltd., Cummins Inc., and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), the Da Vinci Fuel-in-Oil (DAFIO™) technology uses a fiber optic probe to obtain real-time measurements of oil in an operating engine to quantify the fuel dissolved in the lubricant oil. During advanced combustion techniques for improved fuel efficiency and emissions control, fuel can enter the lubricating oil, which is a concern for engine durability. The technology enables combustion engineers to rapidly assess any issues related to fuel dilution of oil during development of efficient, clean, and reliable engines. Thanks to its usefulness and technical significance, the DAFIO technology was a recipient of a 2013 R&D 100 Award. The technology is in line with President Obama’s Climate Action Plan—helping to move our economy toward cleaner, more efficient forms of energy that will cut our reliance on foreign oil.

The Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO) develops and deploys efficient and environmentally friendly highway transportation technologies that will enable America to use less petroleum. These technologies will provide Americans with greater freedom of mobility and energy security, while lowering costs and reducing impacts on the environment.

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