CARB’s New REAL Program to Better Track Vehicle Emissions

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California Air Resources Board
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Accomplished entrepreneur Levon Termendzhyan serves as the equity owner of Viscon USA and Viscon International, two companies focused on manufacturing and distributing the Viscon fuel additive around the world. Under Levon Termendzhyan’s leadership, this product has been approved for use by the U.S. government and certified by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) as a possible candidate for its 2015 mandate to reduce harmful emissions.

Dedicated to protecting the public from harmful air pollution, the CARB develops and maintains various programs, including its recent Real Emissions Assessment Logging (REAL) initiative. Created as part of the On-board Diagnostic (OBD) Regulations approved by the Board, REAL will help regulators better track greenhouse gas and smog-related emissions in the state’s vehicles. In doing so, this makes the identification of automobiles that produce excess emissions easier and moves California closer to its goal of meeting federal and state air-quality standards.

The OBD Regulations approved by the CARB apply to the use of OBD systems in vehicles. These mechanisms largely consist of software that detects malfunctions with an automobile’s emission control system. Once an issue is discovered, the driver is alerted by the OBD system via an indicator light. Information about the faulty equipment is also stored to promote fast repairs from technicians.

REAL would ask the OBD system to do more than this. It will gather data about nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions in heavy- and medium-duty diesel vehicles starting in 2022 and collect fuel-consumption data that can characterize carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions on heavy-duty vehicles. This information can subsequently be retrieved with the use of a data reader or scan tool. The technology needed to do this already exists in the CARB’s Portable Emissions Measurement Systems (PEMS), so the program can be implemented without installing new equipment into vehicles.

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Abrasive Blasting Program Grants CARB Oversight of Abrasive Blasting

 

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Abrasive Blasting Program
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An equity owner of Viscon USA and Viscon International, Levon Termendzhyan has spearheaded the widespread acceptance of the Viscon diesel fuel additive. Thanks to the help of Levon Termendzhyan, Texas mandated the use of Viscon, and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) verified the product.

As part of its efforts to protect the public from air pollution, CARB develops numerous programs that fight climate change. One such program is the Abrasive Blasting Program. This program is authorized by the California Health and Safety Code and maintains regulations that CARB has set up in with regard to sandblasting operations.

According to these regulations, abrasive blasting can only be performed within a permanent building. The only times outdoor blasting is allowed by CARB is when the blasting is done with a CARB-certified hydroblasting, vacuum, wet, or abrasive blasting technique or when an iron or steel shot is used exclusively. Further, the item being blasted must be at least 8 feet in any dimension and be permanently situated.

CARB is also responsible for certifying abrasives for outdoor use through the Abrasive Blasting Program. Before blasting, approved abrasives cannot have over 1 percent by weight of a #70 U.S. standard sieve. After blasting, this weight must decrease to 1.8 percent. Alternatively, the emissions produced by outdoor abrasives cannot be more than 20 percent opaque.

Viscon – Improving Engine Performance While Cutting Emissions

 

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A native of Armenia, Levon Termendzhyan guides Viscon International, Inc., which has developed a fuel additive that reduces the particulate matter and greenhouse gas emissions from diesel fuel. Levon Termendzhyan’s firm has brought to market a hydrocarbon polymer fuel additive.

The polymer was initially tested over 20 years ago at California’s China Lake missile sites and discovered to be a way to moderate the smoke, heat, size, and volatility connected with jet fuel explosions. The original polymer was altered to boost vehicle fuel combustion performance.

A key benefit of Viscon is its compatibility with the full range of spark ignition engines and compression ignition engines. Moreover, it can be safely used with any grade of diesel or gasoline fuel. Viscon also does not impact sensitive mechanisms such as oxygen sensors and catalytic converters. In addition, it is free of the alcohols and aromatics prevalent in many other fuel additive products, which could potentially damage your engine.

The Science Behind Viscon’s Development as a Clean Energy Alternative

 

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Viscon International
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Levon Termendzhyan serves as equity owner of Viscon International, a Bakersfield, California, company focused on promoting clean energy through a diesel fuel additive. Viscon is a candidate to help the state to meet its 2020 emissions reduction goals, following its certification and verification by the California Air Resources Board. Levon Termendzhyan and his team have developed Viscon as a non-toxic, food-quality, pure hydrocarbon polymer with a molecular structure that prevents it from contaminating groundwater.

A United States Department of Defense research project led to the development of the technology used to create Viscon. The original program focused on the production of polymers that would reduce the risk of dangerous explosions from jet engine fuel after a crash or tank rupture.

As this project expanded, researchers realized that these new substances could not only improve combustion but lower engine temperature, as well. Theoretically, these experimental polymers could even alter the physical properties and behavior of sprayed jet fuel.

Viscon, which has been in development for about two decades, represents a chemical hybrid of the original Department of Defense compound. Its base polymer is polyisobutylene, or PIB, which can be used for other commercial applications such as food additives and chewing gum. Viscon utilizes this polymer to modify the properties of fuel, making the additive a cost-effective, safe, and revolutionary way to make combustion more efficient.