Sunday, May 21, 2006

Chinese Military Testing Eco-Friendly Fuel Additive

The world's largest military force--China's People's Liberation Army (PLA)--has been testing an inexpensive foreign-made fuel additive, which has been designed for use in everything from cars to coal plants.

The liquid additive, called Green Plus, which sells for pennies per gallon, is said to significantly reduce emissions and improve fuel economy.

The additive is added in small quantities to fuel in order to create a more complete, cooler burn, according to its low-profile, privately held UK manufacturer, Green Plus, Ltd.

The company (which operates in the United States through an affiliate called Biofriendly Corporation) says the additive has undergone rigorous testing on five continents, with more than 1.5 billion miles of use on roads and oceans.

Greenplus representatives would neither confirm nor deny China's military testing of the additive. But China Confidential has learned that the PLA Ground Force, Air Force, and Navy have all experimented extensively with Greenplus, and that well-connected Chinese entrepreneurs have made overtures to company executives concerning contracts and possible financing deals involving overseas floatations and listings.

A source familiar with the talks told China Confidential that the "clear message was contracts could be had providing the right people were in the picture."

Focusing its energies elsewhere, Greenplus has begun to quietly market its additive to the maritime industry in Europe and the US. Tests show the additive is effective in reducing sulfur emissions as required by new European and US regulations.

The manufacturer has also been working with the trucking and automotive industries for some three years, demonstrating success in improving fuel economy and emissions of diesel trucks in the US, Europe, Australia, Mexico, South America, and Southeast Asia.

Fuel efficiency and clean air are critically important issues in China, which over the next two decades is expected to overtake the US as the top emitter of greenhouse gases causing global warming. By 2025, China is expected to have more than a billion cars on its roads--at least 200 million more than the current world fleet--if it matches US trends.

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