Idle Reduction in numbers
Idling vehicles use billions of gallons of fuel each year and emit large quantities of air pollution and greenhouse gases. Idle reduction technologies and practices are an important way to cut petroleum consumption and emissions. In the U.S. medium-duty trucks alone use about 2.5 billion gallons of fuel to idle each year, or 6.7% of the total fuel they consume. Idle reduction describes technologies and practices that minimize the amount of time vehicle operators idle their engines. Avoiding unnecessary engine hours with idle reduction technology has a multitude of benefits, including; garnering savings in fuel and maintenance costs, extending vehicle life and reducing damaging emissions for better health and global sustainability.
Emergency Services Idle Reduction
Ambulances need power to operate onboard equipment and provide a controlled temperature cabin environment for life-saving medicines and patient care. To provide this power, ambulances have to idle their engines for extended periods of time; this includes any time they are not parked and plugged into their station, such as on-scene and after delivery of patients to hospital emergency locations. In one hour, an ambulance burns 1.5 gallons of fuel. The exhaust fumes from idling ambulances are a continued health risk to the Paramedics and EMS Technicians, plus they infiltrate the hospital emergency rooms - exposing patients, staff and visitors to toxic and carcinogenic air contaminants.
Additionally, ambulance drivers who leave the vehicles unattended pose an added public safety risk and liability for Ambulance companies EMS vehicles operate in all seasons and conditions, and after a few short years, the vehicles decline rapidly, often becoming unreliable. Mileage and idling engine hours takes its toll on the vehicle(s) and when the ambulance isn’t in-field, it’s likely receiving maintenance; most ambulances are out of warranty within 6 months. For a typical ambulance, oil and diesel particle clogged filters are changed every 7 to 9 days, costing approximately \$200 per vehicle. That’s an annual cost of $9,125 for basic maintenance; couple that with rising health care rates and diesel fuel costs at $4.07 per gallon, ambulance companies and public agencies are in a constant battle to manage budgets.
Stealth Power idle reduction technology provides onboard mobile power, without engine engagement, to vehicles with demanding electrical needs. For ambulances, mobile energy management and idle reduction technology allows full operation of on-board electrical systems - including lights, HVAC, refrigeration, communications, computer and other AC power needs - without having to idle the vehicle's engine - for two hours or more. The system recharges off the vehicles alternator while the vehicle is being driven or idling, or can be re-charged from shore power…providing immediate access to power when you need it.
Ambulance companies and public agencies are at the crossroads between rising health care costs and rising fuel prices, to maintain current care levels, it’s causing companies to raise rates. Conservation of fuel with idle reduction technology allows EMS providers to realize reduced operating costs while providing a superior level of care to their patients.
Idle Reduction on the BattleField
Significant logistics support is required to transport fuel and supplies in combat. Idle reduction technology increases vehicle fuel economy, reducing the number of troop fighting force support required to transport fuel in battle. Since 2003 there have been more than 3,000 uniformed US Soldiers and contractors killed while operating or protecting resupply convoys overseas. The addition of idle reduction technology to tactical vehicles is expected to increase survivability and will likely increase unit effectiveness.
Stealth Power, an idle reduction technology, received "most promising solution" status; the best out of three categories and recognized as a "Take to War" designation at the Army Expeditionary Warrior Experiment (AEWE), conducted at Fort Benning, Georgia. The system is specifically designed for integration with U.S. military vehicles, providing clean output power for communication/command and control, surveillance, and weapons systems in HMMWVS, MRAPs, Strykers, Bradleys, Abrams Tanks as well as other tactical vehicles.
In battlefield testing, idle reduction has proven to improve tactical and mission capabilities by allowing extended operation of equipment without fuel. AEWE results also found that Stealth Power reduced generator fuel (on a 6.5 genset) consumption up to 69%, which translates into 1,000 gallons of fuel annually for a single generator. It also decreased up to 8-12 hours of tactical vehicle idle time and enabled silent watch capabilities increasing situational awareness. With fuel in theater estimated to cost between $50.00 and $500.00 per gallon, this is a savings from $50,000 to up to \$500,000 per generator. Idle reduction reduces generator run time, eliminating wet stacking, a major maintenance issue with generators. Furthermore, idle reduction reduces the sustainment burden while contributing to the Army’s priority of improving the efficiency of military energy.
Stealth Power, idle reduction technology, is a winner of the 2013 Defense Energy & Utility Technology Challenge. Stealth Power is an intelligent mobile energy management idle reduction system which meets the standards of the U.S. Department of Defense as an innovative energy solution that increases troop safety, lowers energy costs and reduces reliance on foreign energy supplies.