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Alternative Fuel Project (2013)

posted 30 Jul 2014, 20:51 by OC Web   [ updated 30 Jul 2014, 20:54 ]
Innovative project links new technology, a bus company and a college. 
A highly innovative project is underway that involves a local bus company, the developers of new fuel technology, and senior students from Ōtaki College. Blended Fuel Solutions (BFS) is based at the Clean Technology Centre, Ōtaki. It is developing new technology that improves engine efficiency, reduces noxious diesel emissions and extends the life of old engines. 

BFS is entering into an agreement with the UZA Bus company owner Madge Coachlines to supply blended fuel for a six month trial starting early August. UZA Bus operates on the Ōtaki-Waikanae 290 route. It also provides a school bus service in the area. Agreement has also been reached with Ōtaki College for Year 12 chemistry students to study blended fuels as part of their curriculum. The course will be worth three credits. 

The team that will oversee the project involves Justin Allan (UZA Bus Company), Leigh Ramsey (BFS), and representatives from the Ōtaki College and the Kāpiti Coast District Council. BFS has already successfully trialed its product in large motor mowers run by Council. This will be its first trial on a wider scale involving public transport. “We are very excited by this development,” said BFS representative Leigh Ramsey. “The college is also talking about using our new technology in their van and tractor.”
Ōtaki College Principal Andy Fraser hailed the project, saying it would enable students to work with the Clean Technology Centre (CTC) at the “cutting edge” of new green environmentally friendly technology. “We’re focusing on aligning what we are doing here at the college with the CTC and also tertiary providers so that we can create vocational pathways for our students – to give them marketable skills in clean and environmentally friendly technologies whether they go on to become architects or engineers or trades people.” 

Ōtaki College Head of Science Bruce Anderson said students would look at the theory behind emulsified fuel, its practical application, and benefits. “We are the only school in New Zealand doing this,” he said. “It brings the science alive.”