Aether Catalyst $ATHR is working on a catalytic converter that does not use precious metals – palladium, platinum or rhodium – uses base metals and could save OEMs billions and help stop theft!
Aether Catalyst Solutions, Inc. (CSE: ATHR) (“ATHR” or the “Company”), is pleased to announce that the City of Burnaby is working together with Aether on the Urban Small Motors Emissions Abatement Project to evaluate Aether’s emissions abatement technology on select pieces of their equipment employing small motors,
Small motors contribute significantly to urban air pollution: “Today, operating the best-selling commercial lawn mower for one hour emits as much smog-forming pollution as driving the best-selling 2017 passenger car, a Toyota Camry, about 300 miles – approximately the distance from Los Angeles to Las Vegas. ” (California Air Resource Board [arb.ca.gov] Small Engines in California Fact Sheet). Currently, emissions from these small motors are not subject to any emissions abatement technology. Thus, these machines are responsible for considerable volumes of urban air pollution, causing significant amounts of smog, and greenhouse gas emissions.
The common argument used to justify current emission requirements for small motors has been the cost of precious metal-based catalytic converters being too high for consumers. However, with Aether’s low- cost emission reduction technology, the cost argument will no longer be valid.
Under the terms of the MOU entered into between Aether and the City of Burnaby, the parties will cooperate to select appropriate pieces of equipment on which to install Aether’s catalysts, and Aether will utilize the data generated to further optimize its small motors catalysts. Overall, the project will eva
luate the use of Aether’s catalysts as an effective emissions abatement solution for the City of Burnaby’s municipal equipment.
Taylor Procyk, Chief Operating Officer of Aether commented “We are thrilled to begin this project with the City of Burnaby. This is the first step to show how we can contribute to building a cleaner and healthier city for our friends and family.”
“The City of Burnaby is committed to transitioning to zero-emission vehicles and equipment as part of its overall commitment to becoming carbon neutral by 2050, and this project with a local Burnaby company is an opportunity to reduce carbon emissions within existing equipment until they are replaced with zero-emission alternatives,” said Burnaby City Councillor Joe Keithley.
ABOUT THE CITY OF BURNABY:
The City of Burnaby is a vibrant city at the geographic centre of Metro Vancouver. It has an amazing natural environment, a strong cultural mosaic and thriving town centres. To meet the aggressive carbon reduction targets established by Burnaby City Council, a framework called This is Climate Action has been developed to guide how the City will put into action its commitment to be “carbon neutral” (no longer contributing to the carbon emissions that accelerate climate change) by 2050.
ABOUT THE COMPANY:
Aether Catalyst Solutions, Inc. is focused on providing an order of magnitude cost reduction in automotive catalytic converter catalyst, while meeting, or exceeding government emission standards. Aether is working to quickly advance its technology through rapid screening of new materials directed at enhancing end of life conversion levels after accelerated aging. While Aether’s primary focus has been automotive applications, the company is also developing catalysts to address small motors emissions – a significant contributor to urban air pollution.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
Aether Catalyst Solutions, Inc.
Tel: 604 690-3797
CSE’s Anil Mall was joined by Paul Woodward, President, and Greg James, COO of Aether Catalyst Solutions, Inc. (CSE:ATHR) to share how the company is progressing its research in developing a low-cost, high-performance, three-way catalyst to replace the costly precious metals currently utilized in automotive catalytic converters.
In this three-way conversation, Paul and Greg explain the cost ramifications of developing a base metal catalyst (2:39), how Greg is applying his 20 years of experience from Ballard Power (7:21), and why OEMs like Ford and Volkswagen are looking for a lower cost catalytic converter (13:56).
Listen until the end to learn about the chemistry of what happens in a catalytic converter, why their company doesn’t need a marketing department, and why 90% cost reduction for catalytic converters is the ultimate goal.
That innovator is Aether Catalyst Solutions Inc. (CSE:ATHR,Forum), which has quietly been working for several years on a prototype for a catalytic converter that doesn’t use any precious metals. Designed and tested by an experienced crew with engineering and business success, the Company has gone from a promising design to a fourth-generation prototype that has already overcome many of the obstacles those behind them could not.
Brussels, 19 June 2019
The European Commission has found German plans to support the retrofitting of municipal and commercial diesel vehicles to be in line with EU State aid rules. The measure should contribute to reducing nitrogen oxides emissions by 1,450 tonnes per year, while limiting distortions of competition. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “Tackling air pollution is one of Europe’s greatest challenges. So these three schemes provide a good incentive for vehicle operators in Germany to invest in cleaner vehicles in the most polluted German cities. This is a good example of how Member States can work to introduce measures that reduce air pollution, in line with both our rules and our common European objective of cleaner air for all.”
The three support schemes that Germany intends to set up, with an overall budget of around €431 million, will support the retrofitting of municipal and commercial vehicles (such as cleaning vehicles, garbage trucks and delivery vehicles) equipped with diesel engines. The public support will be available in over 60 municipalities (German Kommunen) where national limits for nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions were exceeded in 2017, and will cover the costs of both the retrofitting systems and their installation.
The measures are part of the German Federal Government’s “Immediate Clean Air Programme for 2017-2020” (Sofortprogramm Saubere Luft 2017-2020), which aims to reduce nitrogen oxides emissions as quickly as possible.
The retrofitting will concern a large number of vehicles – in the German municipalities that will benefit from the schemes, there are currently over one million heavy and light municipal and commercial vehicles equipped with diesel engines.
The planned support for the retrofitting is expected to lead to substantial reductions of nitrogen oxides emissions in a very short period of time, improving air quality and public health, in particular in cities.
More specifically, the German authorities estimate that the retrofitting will have the following impact:
Category of Vehicle Expected Number of Vehicles Retrofitted Heavy Municipal (>3.5 tonnes) 8,120 Heavy Commercial (3.5-7.5 tonnes ) 20,000 Expected Annual NOx Reduction 750 tonnes 400 tonnes Light Municipal and Commercial (2.8-3.5 tonnes) 84,000 300 tonnes
The measures are also in line with the Commission’s 2018 Communication on “A Europe that protects: Clean air for all”, which states that, under EU State aid rules, Member States may facilitate investments in low and zero emission mobility for the benefit of clean air, while promoting the competitiveness of our industry. Member States can make use of these rules at national, regional or local level to effectively tackle emissions, for example from road transport.
On this basis, the Commission approved the measures under EU State aid rules, because they contribute to EU environmental goals without unduly distorting competition. Today’s decision is another example of how EU State aid rules enable Member States to support the fight against air pollution. In November 2018, the Commission had already approved a German State aid scheme to support the retrofitting of diesel buses used for local public transport.
dynaCERT (TSX.V-DYA OTCQB:DYFSF) reports that it has filed a claim in Ontario Superior Court for damages in the amount of approximately $47.7 million to recover costs, lost revenue and damages associated with the non-functioning electronics from a previous supplier and the resulting delay in production and deliveries. A re-design of the electronic system began in early June and was completed in late August. The Company has shifted component production to another supplier.
HG1 units advance in their commercial stage. All units in the field have been updated, or are in the process of being updated, with the most recent technology, including the latest software, to ensure optimum performance. Updated HG1 units are available for shipping by dynaCERT and we expect to make available for shipping our HG2 units near the end of this year.
dynaCERT reports that the testing of the SMART ECU2 has now been completed and regulatory approvals were successfully obtained for the use of our new exclusive technology for use throughout all of North America.
Our Smart ECU systems, our Electronic Control Units that power our proprietary HydraGEN™ line of products that target reduction of harmful gas emissions and improved fuel consumption, incorporate dynaCERT’s proprietary ECU technology, which has been developed by us after years of extensive trials and research. Meaningfully, dynaCERT now has an approved state-of-the-art capability to accurately track, measure and report on greenhouse gas emissions associated with many proponents operating in a diverse set of trades such as Residential, Industrial, Commercial, Power Generation, Railway, Marine, Aviation, On/Off Road and Agricultural applications including the world-wide diesel trucking industry. The data collected with our proprietary ECU’s can be used to determine the amount of greenhouse gas credits or offsets with a view to certify carbon credits in a scientific manner and moreover, do so quickly and in opportune time.
Initially, the newest miniaturized ECU2 version of our ECU line of technology, will be utilized in dynaCERT’s new HydraGEN™ HG2 units. Production of the new HydraGEN™ HG2 unit is targeted to be underway promptly as procurement of parts and equipment have begun for the new HG2 unit.
PIT Group testing of HydraGEN™ technology continues. Following the announcement dated September 21, 2017, the break-in period and testing by PIT for fuel consumption is expected to be completed by the first week of November and a report received by mid-November. Once received and confirmed by PIT, these results are expected to be announced by dynaCERT.
European Market update:
In Europe, dynaCERT is in the process of Homologation Certification in Germany working with TÜV NORD GROUP, the largest German safety organization. For this purpose, the dynaCERTboard has approved the creation of dynaCERT GMBH as a subsidiary LLC company in Germany, to be wholly-owned by dynaCERT Inc. This process is expected to be the key final regulatory requirement to permit sales in the European Market. TÜV NORD GROUP is a technical service provider with worldwide activities. Founded in 1869 and headquartered in Hanover, Germany, the Group employs more than 10,000 people in more than 70 countries of Europe, Asia, America and Africa.
Dr. Shafiq Qaadri, Member of Provincial Parliament Etobicoke North and Mr. Peter Murphy, Executive Assistant was present last evening for the official opening and ribbon cutting ceremony of the new product assembly plant located at 501 Alliance Avenue, Toronto where the assembly of dynaCERT’s flagship product, the HydraGenTM for Class 6, 7 and 8 trucks will take place.
Mr. Bhullar, President & CEO of the IFS Group of Companies, spoke highly of his experiences with the HydraGenTM test units which have been operating on his Class 8 diesel transport trucks for several months and he is pleased to be involved with a company and technology that, as he stated, will become a major contributor in “Saving the Planet.”
dynaCERT has graciously accepted an invitation, supported by Dr. Qaadri, MPP to be present at Queen’s Park for a Member of Parliament/dynaCERT reception to be held on October 19th, 2016 where dynaCERT will be presenting our technology representing our “Carbon Emission Reduction Technology” to MPPs, media, investment advisors and bankers.