PERC’s product-development partnerships with manufacturers cover virtually every market that propane serves.
Take agriculture, for instance. PERC and Origin Engines recently announced an emissions-certified, 9.1-liter propane irrigation engine designed provide producers with a cost-effective alternative to expensive Tier 4 diesel models. It’s the third engine that Origin has developed in its partnership with PERC.
"The need for efficient, emissions-certified, propane engine options has grown as Tier 4 diesel engines have become more expensive. One of PERC's priorities is developing new technologies that advance energy efficiency in ag," said Cinch Munson, PERC's director of agriculture business development. "By working with leading engine developers like Origin, we can help ensure that farmers' power needs are met as cost-effectively as possible."
PERC worked with Kohler to develop a new generator for residential and commercial use, the 30REZGT. It’s the fourth in the line of the company’s propane-powered mobile generators.
According to Bridget Kidd, PERC's director of residential and commercial programs, Kohler's mobile generator product line allows consumers and professionals in a wide variety of markets to experience American-made propane's many unique benefits.
"These mobile generators can provide the rental, commercial, construction, and utility sectors with reliable back-up power in virtually any situation," Kidd said. "And, because the generators can run on clean, cost-effective propane, they also offer optimum performance and power while ensuring a cleaner, safer environment."
On-road transportation remains a top investment target for PERC’s R&D program. PERC recently helped celebrate the 10th anniversary of the propane autogas school bus program. Since the first meeting of autogas bus advocates in 2005, all three major school bus manufacturers now offer propane-autogas-powered buses.
More than 400 school districts throughout the United States are operating more than 7,000 propane autogas school buses on a daily basis. In all, more than half a million children ride propane autogas school buses to and from school.
“More and more school districts across the country are facing tighter transportation budgets and they must use their resources more wisely,” said Roy Willis, president and CEO of the Propane Education & Research Council. “Propane autogas school buses help districts lower their fuel budgets, but the benefits don't stop there. Propane school buses improve passenger safety and reduce harmful emissions compared with their diesel bus counterparts, too.”
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