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Turning a diesel engine into an ethanol burner

The Around Farm Progress podcast talks with the cofounders of Clearflame Engine Technologies about the next move for their innovative engine

Willie Vogt

February 11, 2022

In the life of a startup, there are a lot of steps from idea to market. The startup Clearflame Engine Technologies has been working on a system that allows a diesel engine to run on ethanol. The work involves a lot of time on the dynamometer testing loads and proving the system works. But what about on the road?

Farm Progress talked with B.J. Johnson, co-founder and CEO of Clearflame and his co-founder Julie Blumreiter who is the company's chief technology officer. The company just announced it has moved its engine from the dynamometer to the chassis of an 18-wheeler to take it on the road. It's the next step in the company's development process and brings this approach closer to commercialization.

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In this episode of Around Farm Progress Johnson and Blumreiter talk about the technology, the latest development, and the fact that their technology is fuel agnostic and may one day run on a variety of fuels. Oh, and we found out who in this pair innovative entrepreneurs is ready to drive the rig too.

Listen as they tell their story about the development of the engine and this next step in the process.

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About the Author(s)

Willie Vogt

Willie Vogt has been covering agricultural technology for more than 40 years, with most of that time as editorial director for Farm Progress. He is passionate about helping farmers better understand how technology can help them succeed, when appropriately applied.

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