CLEAN AMERICAN INNOVATION

A series about America's propane technology leaders.

As more U.S. manufacturers strive to meet demand for powerful, environmentally friendly products, propane is emerging as a popular alternative fuel solution. Propane has impressed consumers with performance comparable to conventional fuels, while also reducing emissions and lowering operating costs. In this series, we meet a few of the American companies creating propane-powered appliances and equipment for a variety of markets.

 

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After recognizing the important benefits of propane for landscape contractors, Kohler developed the very first propane-dedicated small mower engine. With assistance from PERC, Kohler is working to grow propane’s market share within the commercial mowing audience with a closed-loop propane EFI engine.

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GENERAC
Generac has a legacy of producing propane-powered standby generators. These generators provide a longer runtime than diesel and gasoline generators, giving homes and businesses an extra sense of security.
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MARATHON ENGINE SYSTEMS
Seven years ago, this company began producing propane-powered combined heat and power (CHP) units. With assistance from PERC, Marathon now has 5 and 10kW CHP units for light commercial and residential markets.
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FREIGHTLINER CUSTOM CHASSIS
This commercial vehicle manufacturer, along with its partners, is producing trucks that are purpose-built to run on propane autogas, the world’s leading alternative fuel.
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ROUSH CLEANTECH
Roush CleanTech, a Ford QVM, engineers vehicles that run on propane autogas, including school buses, fleet vehicles, and a bobtail. PERC has been working with Roush CleanTech since 2006.
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POWER SYSTEMS INTERNATIONAL
PSI is one of the most diverse manufacturers of propane engines in the world. PERC is working with PSI to grow propane’s presence and reputation in a number of U.S. markets. The latest project is an advanced forklift engine for industrial applications.
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ORIGIN ENGINES
This engines manufacturer develops technology for a variety of markets, including industrial and agricultural. PERC is partnering with Origin to continue its success with propane-powered engines, including assisting with the EPA certification process. The result is a more affordable product for businesses and farmers around the country.
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KOHLER POWER SYSTEMS
Many factors have been driving demand for propane-powered mobile generators. PERC’s partnership with Kohler has helped define the market for these “portable power plants,” and develop the perfect product for their customers’ needs.
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KOHLER ENGINES
After recognizing the important benefits of propane for landscape contractors, Kohler developed the very first propane-dedicated small mower engine. With assistance from PERC, Kohler is working to grow propane’s market share within the commercial mowing audience with a closed-loop propane EFI engine.