Field Reports

BC construction company saves $2,000 a week
on fuel costs for one power generator

Vihar Construction Crushing Plant

June 26, 2015 – Vihar Construction Ltd. operates several rock crushing plants in north-central BC, producing a wide range of gravel products, largely for road construction in the Bulkley Valley region of the province.

The company’s fuel bills for the diesel powered generators in these plants are high, and any opportunity for savings is carefully examined.

In June, 2014, Vihar purchased a dual cell Empire Hydrogen Fuel Enhancement System, which was installed by an Empire-trained technician on a 12.5-litre John Deere Power Tech generator. One year later, the company reported a reduction in fuel costs of 19%, amounting to weekly savings of almost $2,000.

According to Vihar Construction president Greg Burns, the company has monitored fuel consumption at this plant for several years. Historical records show that the generator has normally burned an average of 78.74 litres of diesel fuel per hour. With the Empire Hydrogen Fuel Enhancement System installed, and operating under the same conditions, the plant now consumes 63.78 litres per hour.

Greg Burns reports, “This represents a 19.0% reduction in our fuel costs. Our current cost of diesel, before taxes, is $0.90 per litre. This equates to an hourly savings of $13.47.”

During the construction season the plant operates 24 hours a day, 6 days a week. With weekly fuel savings working out to $1,940, the Empire system paid for itself in about a month. The plant is typically used nine months of the year. If it operated for the full year, the annual fuel savings would be over $100,000 per year.

Greg Burns is very impressed with the unit’s performance. He says, “We will be installing additional Empire Hydrogen Fuel Cells on other pieces of heavy equipment within our fleet.”

The full text of Greg Burns’ letter of June 26, 2015 may be read here:

Vihar Construction Letter

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For further information, please contact:

Sven O. Tjelta
Chairman & C.E.O.
Empire Hydrogen Energy Systems Inc