Posts Tagged ‘boat tail’

Simple Yet Effective – We Need More of That!

November 9, 2009

It may not be pretty to look at, but cutting big rig fuel consumption by 7.5% – that’s saving better than 1 gallon out of every 14 – is a beautiful thing.

TruckFuelSavings

The University of Delft, in Holland, reports that the aerodynamic advantages that come from adding this “boat tail” to the aft end of a tractor trailer rig dramatically decreases fuel consumption (and consequently, the emissions from its diesel engine).

Investing in renewable energy research and development is a necessary and admirable thing, but let’s not forget that conservation and energy efficiency initiatives like this can pay huge and immediate dividends.

SCIENCE DAILY www.sciencedaily.com is a wonderful source of news and announcements spanning the alphabet of the sciences – from archeology and astrophysics to zeolites, zygotes and zoology.

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