DETROIT -- Five automotive parts suppliers have been honored for innovations that contribute to the health of the environment.
The winners of the 2010 Automotive News PACE Environmental Awards, which are sponsored by Ernst & Young, Transportation Research Center Inc. and Automotive News, are:
-- Continental AG, of Regensburg, Germany, and suburban Detroit, and NGK Insulators Inc., of Nagoya, Japan, for the Smart NOx sensor.
-- Delphi Corp. Powertrain Systems Division, of Bascharage, Luxembourg, for the Delphi Direct Acting Piezo Injector.
-- Durr Systems Inc., of suburban Detroit, for the EcoDryScrubber.
-- Henkel Corp., of suburban Detroit, for the Aquence coating system.
The PACE Environmental Award winners were chosen from the 2010 Automotive News PACE Award winners.
PACE stands for Premier Automotive Suppliers' Contribution to Excellence. The environmental awards were given out June 16 during the Automotive News Green Car Conference/Exhibition.
Here are comments from the judges' citations about each of the innovations that were honored:
Smart NOx Sensor: "The Smart NOx Sensor is the first on-board sensor capable of direct measurement of [nitrogen oxide] in parts-per-million levels.
Using the Smart NOx Sensor, vehicle and engine makers can meet EPA 2010 and Euro V emissions requirements while providing customers better fuel economy and eliminating the unpleasant ammonia odors associated with competitive, urea-based exhaust treatment strategies."
Delphi Direct Acting Piezo Injector: "This direct-injection piezo innovation represents a significant step in diesel direct-injection possibilities, offering unique capabilities that reduce particulates or NOx by 30 percent, a game changer that is required for the new generation of low-NOx diesel engine processes.
This key innovation increases power by 8 percent and decreases fuel consumption by 4 percent even as it avoids or minimizes the use of complex and expensive de-NOx after-treatment systems."
EcoDryScrubber: "One of the key benefits of the EcoDryScrubber is that because of its extremely efficient filtration capability, up to 95 percent of paint booth process air is recirculated.
By recirculating air, energy consumption in the paint spray booth is reduced by 60 percent and in the entire paint shop by 30 percent. The paint spray absorptive agent is inexpensive, powdered limestone, which is recycled after use as a commodity in other industries, such as cement making."
Aquence: "This process uses less paint, less energy, less floor space and gives better corrosion resistance than comparable wet-on-wet processes using an e-coat base, and with 70 to 80 percent lower capital cost. ... Auto-deposition with co-cure is believed to be a superior platform from which to achieve the goal of the industry: a three-coat application with one curing oven for all three."