SAE Presents Environmental Excellence in Transportation Awards

WARRENDALE, Pa. (June 22, 2005) -The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2004 Environmental Excellence in Transportation (E2T) Awards. The awards were presented at the Government/Industry Meeting on Tuesday, May 10 at the Lowes L'Enfant Plaza Hotel in Washington D.C.

The award, established in 2000, recognizes individuals who, through their ingenuity and dedication, make significant innovations in reducing the environmental impact caused by the transportation industry. These achievements may occur in motorized vehicles for land, sea, air and space and cover the areas of education, new methods and tools, energy and emissions, recycling and remanufacturing, process innovations, materials development and noise management. Nominees are judged based on their innovation and originality, along with their favorable impact on the environment, including improvement over existing technologies, methods, and public acceptance.

The winners were honored in the following categories:

Education, Training and Public Awareness

Winner (Tie)
SmartDriver for Forestry Trucks
Team Leader: Mark W. Brown, Forest Engineering Research Institute of Canada
Team: Jan Michaelsen, Yves Provencher, Andrew Hickman, Forest Engineering Research Institute of Canada

Facing rising environmental concerns as well as ever increasing fuel costs, the Canadian forest industry has researched and implemented tools and work methods that reduce fuel consumption and GHG emissions. SmartDriver for Forestry Trucks, developed with the support of FleetSmart, provides drivers and owners information on purchasing, operating and maintaining efficient forestry trucks.

Winner (Tie)
International Green Diesel Technology®
Team Leader: Patrick Charbonneau, International Truck and Engine Corporation
Team: Brian Whalen, Michele Smith, Bruce Harrison, Thomas Trueblood, Rodica Baranescu, Warren Slodowske, Dr. William Bunn, International Truck and Engine Corporation

Education of the U.S. EPA, ARB, legislators and environmentalists that a systems' approach of ultra-low sulfur fuel and "Green Diesel Technology®" (GDT) would result in near zero emissions from diesel vehicles. The result, International GDT vehicles in production today and all on-highway diesels in 2007 will achieve near zero emissions.

New Methods and Tools

Winner
Innovative Technologies for Reducing Vehicle Evaporative Emissions
Team Leader: Sam Reddy, General Motors Corporation
Team: Gregory Rich, Roy Giacomazzi, Greg Labus, Timothy McCarthy, General Motors Corporation

Modeling tools and innovative designs have resulted in improved evaporative emissions systems that reduce fuel evaporative emissions. Improvements were implemented that reduce emissions during extended operation at high temperature, eliminate emissions during extended engine-off periods, and diagnose small leaks in vapor control systems.

Runner-up
Emission Systems Architecture Engineering for GM's Portfolio Engineering
Team Leader: Frank Ament, General Motors Corporation

Providing exhaust emissions architecture design guidance that has resulted in robust, real-world emissions performance, with minimal impact on vehicle design attributes. The exhaust emissions technology process focused on developing and integrating close-coupled catalysts and exhaust manifold geometry for a Global Vehicle Platform design, and then providing advanced air injection and controls technology to accommodate Powertrain, Vehicle and Market variants. This method enabled a common exhaust architecture for a Global Vehicle Platform that met a broad range of emissions requirements with fewer exhaust components and low Precious Metals use. The emissions system technical requirements were converted to simplified, visual design guidelines for the Vehicle Engineers to perform design and packaging studies.

Mobile Energy and Emissions

Winner
A Success Story Towards a Clean City-Introduction to Alternate Fuel Vehicles in Delhi
Team Leader: Balraj Bhanot, Director, The Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI)
Team: Alok Rawat, Joint Secretary (Ministry of Shipping, Road Transport & Highways); Rajeev Talwar, Transport Commissioner (Govt. of NCT of Delhi); Sunita Narain, Director (Centre for Science & Environment - CSE);
Manohar K. Chaudhari, Sr. Dy. Director (The Automotive Research Association of India - ARAI)

Description of India's safety and environment related regulatory framework for gaseous fuels formulated by Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) under the leadership of Mr. Balraj Bhanot and enforced by Ministry of Shipping, Road Transport & Highways (MoSRTH).

Runner-up
Water Misting Intercooler
Team Leader: David L. Daggett, The Boeing Company
Team: Robert Hendricks, Christopher A. Snyder, Jeffrey J. Berton, NASA Glenn Research Center (GRC); David Eames, Rolls-Royce Corporation

Reduces airplane turbine engine NOx emissions 80% during takeoff with little to no performance or cost penalties. Smoke emissions may also decrease significantly.

Stationary Energy and Emissions

Winner
Air Injection Control System
Team Leader: Terrance A. Walter, Federal-Mogul Corporation
Team: Ray Quatrochi, Federal-Mogul Corporation; Tony Lafata and the Federal-Mogul Plymouth Technical Center Engine Test Staff; Del Rector, NTH Consultants, Ltd.

Provides effective control of CO and HC emissions from an engine test facility without addition of costly equipment or consumption of additional natural resources.

Recycling, Reuse and Remanufacturing

Winner
Vehicle Component Recovery
Team Leader: Robert Wells, General Motors Corporation
Team: John J. Bradburn, Sara Webb, Andy Visser, Maria Scherer, Allen Fisher, Casey Essary, Mick Johnson, General Motors Corporation; Tom Schram, Schram Automotive

This project provides an infrastructure for vehicle part remanufacturing and reuse that have entered into manufacturing salvage and obsolete part processes in North America. The project result is combined environmental performance and significant financial value with global applicability.

Runner-up
Sustainable Development at Delphi TVS Diesel Systems
Team Leader: N. C. Krishnakumar

An area of forestry and rainwater capture system that was developed near Delphi TVS Diesel Systems, Mannur India operations has enhanced sustainable development in the community and provided a model of sustainable development for other companies to adopt. These efforts have resulted in carbon dioxide sequestration and significant reductions in the amount of water withdrawn from community wells.

Process Innovations

Winner
Cost Savings Related to Optimizing Circuit Board Cooling
Team Leader: Dan Afseth, Delphi Corporation
Team: Tedd Armstrong, Stuart Longgood, Jim Romack, Dave Sedam, Kathy Burkholder, Mark Beach, Travis Hintz, Bill Hillman; Delphi Corporation

The implementation of an optimized circuit board cooling process resulted in reduced production line size, less lead waste generation, reduced labor for routine maintenance, decreased loads on air compressors, and reduced electricity consumption.

Runner-up
Zero Resistance Technology (ZRT) Harness Assembly Process
Team Leader: Andrew Gregos, Delphi Corporation
Team: Jeffrey Handel, Shao Hsieh, Kevin Howard, Deborah Bice, Mussie Pietros, Raman Chirvella, John Kightlinger, Aaron Monroe, Delphi Corporation

The ZRT assembly process eliminates solder use, reduces electrical harness mass and bundle size resulting in less insulation compound and copper use.

Materials Development and Usage

Winner
High-Strength, Wear-Resistant Aluminum Alloy
Team Leader: Jim Bonifield, Bombardier Recreational Products
Team: Patrick Tetzlaff, Serge Thibault, Bombardier Recreational Products; Molly Dix, RTI International; Sammy Nabors, Jonathan Lee, Po-Shou Chen, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center

Working together with NASA scientists provided BRP engineers with a technical solution to a material problem for a low emissions outboard engine. NASA's high-strength, wear-resistant aluminum alloy was easily introduced into BRP's standard manufacturing process and added only about 3% to the total cost of an outboard engine piston.

Runner-up
Development of Innovative Three-way Catalysts Involving Ceria-Zirconia Solid Solutions with Great Oxygen Storage-Release Capacity
Team Leader: Masahiro Sugiura, Toyota Central R&D Labs., Incorporated
Team: Takaaki Kanazawa, Hiroshi Hirayama, Juji Suzuki, Toyota Motor Corporation; Akihiko Suda, Tadashi Suzuki, Akira Morikawa, Hideo Sobukawa, Toyota Central R&D Labs., Inc.; Masakuni Ozawa, Nagoya Institute of Technology

Three-way catalysts involving the first, second and third generations of CZ (ceria-zirconia solid solution) have been put into practical use on a global basis. NOx emission and precious metal loading over the catalyst involving ACZ were reduced to 1/5 and 1/2 times larger than that involving pure ceria, respectively.

Noise Management Innovations
Winner
Broadband Sound Back-Up Alarms
Team Leader: Christopher P. Hanson-Abbott, Brigade Electronics PLC
Team: Henry Morgan, Brigade Electronics Inc., Deborah Withington, Jim Keane, Sound Alert Ltd.; Mark T. Coward, Yamaguchi Electric Ind. Company, Ltd.

Broadband sound (bbs-tek) back-up alarms provide a massive reduction in the noise pollution caused by conventional narrow-band back-up alarms together with providing a safer working environment.