Port’s Technology Advancement Program Supports Newest Breakthrough

SAN PEDRO, Calif. — May 7, 2014 — With the help of the Port of Los Angeles, new rail technology for locomotives to meet the nation’s strictest clean air standards has been approved by the California Air Resources Board (CARB). The system developed by Johnson Matthey recently earned CARB verification, confirming the technology meets the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s highest standards required for all new locomotives effective Jan. 1, 2015.

The Port of Los Angeles supported testing and verification of the Locomotive Catalyzed Continuously Regenerating Trap (L-CCRT) diesel particulate filter, through its Technology Advancement Program (TAP). A vital component of the San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan jointly funded by the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, the TAP supports the development, demonstration, and regulatory certification of new, clean air technologies to accelerate pollution reduction associated with port-related sources.

“CARB verification is a victory for clean air and the goods movement industry and another feather in the cap of our pioneering Technology Advancement Program,” said Port Interim Executive Director Gary Lee Moore. “Johnson Matthey’s new technology is a great example of the kind of innovative solutions we are proud to support to make our harbor and our industry cleaner and more sustainable.”

“Technology that passes muster of the California Air Resources Board meets the gold standard for cutting pollution,” said Jeff Sherman, President of Stationary Emissions Control LLC of Johnson Matthey, a global leader in sustainable technologies. “We are grateful to the Port of Los Angeles and all our partners for their role in helping us reach this milestone to ready our product for market.”

Over the last four years, Johnson Matthey and the Port of Los Angeles have partnered with Union Pacific, the California Air Resources Board, the South Coast Air Quality Management District and the Port of Long Beach to evaluate the L-CCRT. The system, made up of multiple components that trap particulate matter (PM) and other pollutants, was tested on switch locomotives that are used to build and break down longer trains and are essential to cargo operations in the nation’s busiest harbor complex.

The testing involved mounting the L-CCRT DPF system on the smokestacks of a Tier 3 genset switch locomotive. After 3,000 engine hours in accumulated service over two years of field testing, CARB found that the L-CCRT DPF cut PM emissions to an average of 0.021 grams per brake horsepower-hour (g/bhp-hr), which is under the Tier 4 threshold of 0.030 g/bhp-hr. The system also reduced emissions of carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons 99 percent and 90 percent respectively.

The L-CCRT DPF system, which earned CARB verification in late February, is an after-treatment device made of multiple diesel oxidation catalysts and catalyzed soot filters. Johnson Matthey Stationary Emissions Control, a unit of the corporation’s Emission Control Technologies group, developed the technology.

Johnson Matthey is a specialty chemicals company focused on its core skills in catalysts, precious metals, fine chemicals and process technologies. The $19 billion company employs approximately 11,000 people in more than 30 countries.

The Technology Advancement Program, or TAP, is a jointly created and funded initiative between the Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach to accelerate the commercialization of port-related emission reduction technology. TAP focuses on identifying, demonstrating and evaluating new and innovative technologies that have significant potential to reduce air pollutants, including diesel soot, nitrogen oxides and sulfur oxides. Since the program was created in 2006, the Port of Los Angeles has invested more than $3 million in TAP grants for projects ranging from the development of hybrid tugs and yard tractors, to filter systems for locomotives and harbor craft, to the testing of electric trucks and emissions reduction technology development for ocean going vessels at sea or in port.

The Port of Los Angeles is America’s premier port and has a strong commitment to developing innovative strategic and sustainable operations that benefit the economy as well as the quality of life for the region and the nation it serves. As the leading seaport in North America in terms of shipping container volume and cargo value, the Port generates more than 830,000 regional jobs and $35 billion in annual wages and tax revenues. The Port of Los Angeles – A cleaner port. A brighter future.