Westport’s New High Pressure Direct Injection System

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Earlier this week Westport Fuel Systems (WPRT:  Nasdaq) announced a technology breakthrough with its high pressure direct injection system for truck engines using natural gas as a fuel.  A new cryogenic pump has been development for high-horsepower applications and integrated into Westport’s fuel system, which has apparently been demonstrated at higher cylinder pressures.  The company apparently plans to load the innovation, which it called Westport HPDI 2.0, into next generation diesel engines.

Investors interested in renewable energy or focused environmental improvements are probably wondering why this little company outside Vancouver, Canada could be important. 

The uncomfortable truth is that the world’s addiction to fossil fuel will not be beaten easily.  Great swaths of our global economy are highly dependent upon low-cost fuels for transport and power.  The transition to more environmentally-friendly energy sources such as solar or wind cannot happen overnight.  (Indeed, many are still concerned that with all renewable sources piled together, energy production will still fall short of the full force required to eliminate fossil fuels.)  In the meantime, greater efficiency in the use of fossil fuels can make a contribution alleviating the harmful effects of greenhouse gases released by combusting oil, gas and coal.

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