G Volution is Ready to Future-Proof Diesel Vehicles

As the climate crisis drives up the temperature of the planet, the startup G Volution aims to slow it down.

The UK experienced its hottest day of the year yesterday, as temperatures soared to 31 degrees across the country.

Meanwhile, meteorologists at the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration speculate that 2020 has a 99% chance of being one of the “top five hottest years” ever recorded, as our planet’s atmosphere becomes weaker through humanities use of fossil fuels.  

According to the European Commission, the transport sector is responsible for “almost a quarter of Europe’s greenhouse gas emissions” which leads to especially high levels of air pollution in heavily populated areas. 

As the Covid-19 lockdown has led to a 17% drop for carbon emissions across the globe, there is hope that this will lead to a more permanent shift to using renewable energy instead of fossil fuels, after the crisis ends. 

An answer to the problem of transport’s carbon emissions

In the past few years, clean energy has slowly been favoured equally to efficiency.

However, once the finite fossil fuel, diesel, has run out (which is guessed to happen sometime around 2050), it will become more expensive – and swiftly replaced by renewable energy in terms of efficiency.

The goal of many startups is to create a product which will meet modern expectations of speed and capability, whilst causing far less harm to the planet than current fossil fuelled vehicles. 

Bristol-based G Volution, is at the head of the race in delivering this, with the startup describing its purpose as:

“To bring affordable lower carbon and emission solutions to transport and power generation around the world”. 

G Volution’s duel-fuel technology future-proofs diesel engines, through a guided evolution, in which less expensive, renewable fuels (such as natural gas) can be used alongside the diesel. 

The startup has been widely identified as a real game changer in the field of carbon-zero technologies: in 2008, G Volution won the Shell Springboard Award. The following year, Carbon Trust Fast track scheme took G Volution on with research and funding.

Over the next few years, Finance Wales took over investing in the startup and finally in 2011, G Volution then began looking at implementing diesel and Natural Gas dual-fuel technology. 

In a talk with Cleantech Innovate, the Managing Director of G Volution, Chris Smith, said:

“Diesel [engines] are the most efficient engines in the world, but they need to become cleaner and greener… Our usp is the ability to control two or more fuels, with electronic precision.”

What’s next?

G Volution is now bringing its dual-fuel technology to the rail sector, in a plan backed by the not-for-profit Rail Safety and Standards Board and with funding from the Department for Transport.

As the UK plans to phase out all diesel trains by 2040, G Volution is poised to help the UK reach its carbon neutral target by 2050

Helen Adams

Helen Adams is an Editor and Senior Writer for CleanTech News. A keen journalist, Helen developed an appreciation for the need for change in the battle against climate change after travelling and is passionate to communicate this through her work at CleanTech News. Now studying for her NCTJ Journalism MA, Helen wants to champion clean developments using her writing. Presently, Helen is developing her data journalism, video-making and podcasting skills which she is looking forward to incorporating into her role as Editor.