Emissions Control Technology: An industry inside look with SAE 2014 Light Duty Emission Control Symposium Organizer Timothy V. Johnson
SAE sat down with Timothy V. Johnson, Director of Emerging Technologies and Regulations at Corning Inc., to get an inside look at the latest industry-changing regulations and to find out what's on the horizon for emissions control technology.
So Tim, your paper "Vehicular Emissions in Review" was one of the top sellers at this year's SAE 2014 World Congress. Can you provide some key highlights?
Tim: Much of the technology in our industry is driven by regulations, and we have had some very significant changes occur to regulations in March 2014 that were summarized in the paper. Light duty emissions regulations entered one more round of tightening in California two years ago and by the US EPA this year. Historically, these kinds of developments have eventually extended to other regions of the world and into the heavy duty and non-road sectors.
How important is it to have a FULL understanding of these regulations to be competitive in the marketplace?
Tim: As the regulations get tighter and tighter, they become more difficult to meet - the role of understanding the regulation becomes even more significant. Within the emission control industry, we need to know what's coming so that we can develop the appropriate technologies and get them into the market in a timely manner.
How long have you been involved with the SAE Light Duty Emissions Control Symposium?
Tim: I think for perhaps 10 years. It's always been a very impressive symposium. SAE symposia tend to attract world-renowned speakers and it's a good opportunity for the speakers to present the latest and greatest. It's a more informal setting, where developments that might be only a week old can be presented.
Is there a particular talk or a technology that you're looking forward to seeing at the symposium this year?
Tim: Well, there are several. We have discussions on the regulatory issues and we'll hear from the US EPA and others on this. We'll hear from executive level people from the OEMs on how they're putting together their portfolio to meet the emerging requirements. There's talks on integration of components. There are talks on the SCR catalyst for NOx control, the diesel particulate filter, three-way catalysts, and on the gasoline particulate filter. We have talks on OBD, durability, system design and control. All the major issues and all the tools that will be used to meet these tighter, light-duty regulations will be covered in the symposium. It's an excellent one stop shop for the engineer to get a broad perspective on all the major issues.
What will the attendee gain from being in Troy this December 9-10, 2014?
Tim: It's in the Detroit area, so it's easily accessible by the practitioners in the region. This includes not only the auto companies, but the supply chain as well. I think this is an excellent symposium for middle managers and technical managers because it's a broad symposium that will cover a lot of different topics.
We're also 'deep diving' for the practitioner - for the engineer that needs to know the latest information and how to apply it. With a generous Q&A period, there is a good opportunity for the practitioner to ask detailed questions and get answers from the experts.