Hawthorne Power Systems, a subsidiary of San Diego-based Caterpillar dealer Hawthorne Machinery Co., has agreed to become the first certified dealer and installer of Hydrogen Power System's on-demand Hydrogen Vapor Injection systems, known as HVI.
The modular hydrogen injection systems were approved for sale in the state last fall by the California Air Resources Board.
Bruce Hartman, general service manager for Hawthorne Power Systems, said the company had installed a few of the injection systems on its own fleet already, and has been pleased with the results. Hawthorne Power Systems will administer the warranty, field technical questions from customers and perform the actual installations.
Hawthorne said the systems have shown results in improved fuel economy ranging from 4 percent to 35 percent -- depending on the engine, load and application; less carbon buildup on valve stems and piston rings and a more complete burn of diesel fuel, causing the engine to run cleaner. The company also reports modest gains in horsepower and torque in equipment using the injectors.
As part of the agreement, Hawthorne Power Systems has agreed to promote the HPS series 200 and 300 systems to its own local customers as well as other Caterpillar dealers.
“This partnership is an extremely exciting one for HPS,” said Richard Connors, HPS president and founder. “Not only does this alliance give us access to a top rate installer, it opens a huge door to the marine market since a majority of Hawthorne’s sales come from operators of large ships and diesel-electric generators used to provide power on Pacific islands.”
Hawthorne also announced plans to equip 10 of its delivery vehicles with the HVI systems.