Nanotechnology to cut emissions and extend engine and transmission life 11 February 2010

Technology firm Nanolia reckons its product enables virtually any engine to run more efficiently, reducing fuel costs by up to 11% and emissions by 60%.

And it has proof. Tests around the world in the last 12 months include solving problems on everything from VW taxis to Volvo trucks with Cummins ISX engines, an ageing Volvo B7R coach and a Freightliner Century Class with a Cummins M11 and 641,000 miles on the clock.

Based on German 'nanotechnology' this product is not a fuel or oil additive, but a friction reducer – depositing a so-called 'smart nano coatings' that "prevent metal wear so that gears, pistons and bearings become almost maintenance-free".

Apparently, it works by modifying the surface texture of hot metal parts, building a smooth metal silicate coating that reduces friction and helps lubricant adhesion, especially in older engines and transmissions.

In the abrasion area, the metal silicates react, due to high temperature and/or pressure, and conjoin with the metal surfaces, filling tiny pores or micro cracks to form a smooth, robust metal silicate layer.

"Due to optimisation of compression pressure in engines, oil and fuel consumption, and emissions are reduced," says a spokesperson.

Nanolia also says the product is only added once to engine and/or gearbox oil – and that fleet managers can expect to cut maintenance costs and extend the lives of their fleets.

One application, the company says, is good for 100,000km, even if the oil is changed many times during that period. And after 100,000km, says the firm, it can simply be reapplied.

Brian Tinham

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