The new emission-reducing systems were installed on 16 heavy-duty diesel vehicles and equipment now in use by the city’s Solid Waste Management, Public Works and Water Management Departments.

Southern Research and the department have also partnered with the Triangle Clean Cities Coalition, Engine Control Systems, and NETT Technologies, for the installation of emission-reducing technologies.

The new systems use selective catalytic reduction technologies reduce nitrogen oxide emissions from the exhaust of diesel-powered vehicles and equipment, resulting in positive impacts on Durham’s air quality.

Researchers at the Durham operation bid and won a $1m grant through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act from the US Environmental Protection Agency to identify, test and demonstrate advanced emissions-reduction technologies installed on Durham City fleet diesel vehicles.

Southern Research Institute is a not-for-profit organization with transportation and energy research facilities located at the northern edge of Durham.