SOURCE: Cerion Energy

Cerion Energy

June 27, 2011 12:12 ET

Plaquemines Parish Ferries Going Green

ROCHESTER, NY--(Marketwire - Jun 27, 2011) - Plaquemines ParishPresident Billy Nungesser announced that the Plaquemines Ferry Department has implemented the use of a state-of-the-art diesel fuel combustion catalyst called GO2.

When added to the ferry fuel, GO2enables a more complete and rapid combustion, which produces two results: reduced fuel usage and significantly less release of harmful emissions. The nanoparticle-based product is produced by Cerion Energy and was developed by scientists and engineers formerly with Eastman Kodak.

"After three years of research and development, President Nungesser was one of the first people to approach us about using GO2. It really shows how focused he is on implementing energy-saving green solutions for his Parish. In addition to lowering the harmful emissions and increasing engine life for continued use or resale, GO2 is also saving the taxpayers in fuel costs," said Michael Evans Sr., President of Cerion Gulf, the Louisiana subsidiary of Cerion Energy out of Rochester, New York, and former Streets Director for Jefferson Parish.

In early 2009, President Nungesser, Plaquemines Parish Director of Public Service Byron Williams, and representatives from the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) began evaluating GO2 with Cerion Gulf. After fully vetting the technology, a field demonstration was performed on the Belle Chasse Ferry M/V Plaquemines Pride. Two EPA-certified Portable Emissions Measurement Systems (PEMS) designed to record fuel use and emissions were brought in for this demonstration. The units were attached to the ferry and it resumed normal operations. Data was collected 30 days later and it was determined that fuel use was down by 6.8% and harmful greenhouse gas emissions were reduced as follows:

  • Carbon Monoxide emissions were reduced by 30%
  • Nitrogen Oxide emissions were reduced by 15%
  • Un-burned Hydrocarbons were reduced by approximately 30%

In order to confirm the findings, an independent, third party was brought on to evaluate the use of GO2 in M/V Plaquemines Pride. After reviewing the evaluation, President Nungesser approved of using it in the remaining ferries in the fleet.

After the Plaquemines Parish demonstration, Cerion was asked to present at the inaugural LDEQ Green Business Expo and placed highest in scoring voted upon by peers based on presentation and return on investment.

Contact Information

  • For Cerion Energy Inquiries
    Matt Winslow
    Cerion Energy
    585.271.5630 ext. 119
    Email Contact

    For Plaquemines Parish Inquiries
    Kurt Fromherz
    Plaquemines Parish Government
    504.450.8779

    For inquiries specific to LA, MS, TX and AL
    Warren Surcouf
    Cerion Gulf
    504.304.5512
    Email Contact