Diesel & Gas Turbine Worldwide magazine highlighted Continental Controls Corp.'s groundbreaking patent-pending control technology tailored for bi-fuel engines, particularly within the fuel control industry's power generation and oil and gas sectors. This technology offered an economical method for retrofitting diesel engines, ensuring a stable control system capable of swiftly adapting to changing conditions. Bi-fuel engines relied on a Gas Substitution System (GSS) where natural gas replaced a portion of diesel fuel. The GSS's implementation facilitated substantial cost savings by efficiently managing fuel consumption and combustion processes.
With North America's ample natural gas reserves in mind, the bi-fuel system responded to this resource by allowing seamless integration of natural gas alongside diesel, especially in remote locations. The introduced GSS by Continental Controls Corp. achieved fluid transitions between diesel and natural gas, optimizing fuel usage based on the load's demands. This innovation held twofold significance: cost-effectiveness and alignment with eco-conscious practices due to the reduced CO2 emissions inherent to burning natural gas. The potential savings were substantial, illustrated by a scenario showcasing daily savings of up to US$1000 for engines with a 400 kW load.
The interface of the GSS displayed an array of parameters, including load, fuel flow, substitution rate, exhaust temperature, and alarms. This comprehensive monitoring ensured effective oversight and control. This technology diverged from conventional methods, emphasizing fuel usage instead of merely load measurements. It featured a proportional control system, seamlessly integrating natural gas substitution to prevent abrupt fluctuations in horsepower output. By advancing the optimization of fuel costs and emissions reduction within the fuel control sector, this innovation provided multifaceted benefits, applicable across various power generation and oil and gas applications.