carbonBLU welcomes InfoWedge & Andrew Burnette

Overview

In a move to better vertically integrate our data collection and testing services offerings, we are pleased to announce we have acquired El Dorado Hills based testing company infoWedge. A long time collaborator on carbonBLU projects, infoWedge will be a wonderful addition to the carbonBLU team.

Apart from our SaaS offerings, carbonBLU provides data collection and emissions testing services. We warehouse and provide this data (in aggregate) to governments and service vendors. It can be used to drive critical policy, investment decisions and product development initiatives. The acquisition of self proclaimed “emissions testing geeks,” infoWedge, positions us to increase our support of California Energy Commission and California Air Resource Board efforts to increasingly deploy and test alternative fuels and advanced vehicle technology.

Andrew Burnette will be heading up the carbonBLU Testing Services team. He provides deep expertise in test design, measurement consulting, emissions testing, data collection, analytics and reporting. Andrew’s 30-year career includes consulting with public and private sector clients to study the effects of mobile source emissions, developing regulations to reduce air pollution and helping to bring new fuel efficiency and pollution reduction products to market. For the past 15-years he has specialized in deployment of in-use testing or lab testing using portable emissions and activity measurement systems, development of client emissions lab capabilities, and grant writing.

Capitalizing on this new addition to our team, we will be providing an increased scope of services. Our main focus remains delivery of our data mining and SaaS solutions. However, we are excited to begin supporting R&D teams and emissions testing labs. We are also pleased to announce that we will be developing a strategic partnership and sponsor program, for device and instrument companies looking for pathways to commercialization.

About Andrew Burnette

Andrew Burnette is a mechanical engineer and the founder of InfoWedge, an emissions measurement service provider that focuses on engine exhaust emissions, both in the laboratory and out in actual use.  Over a 20-year career, primarily in the study of pollution from mobile sources, he has participated in research projects in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Spain and Thailand. Frequently his work has helped adapt innovative measurement strategies to the development of pollution control policy. 

He was the lead engineer on a project to investigate the feasibility of adding vehicle remote sensing devices (RSD) to California’s mobile source emission reduction strategies and he lead the in-field implementation of an EPA project to use portable emissions measurement systems (PEMS) to record in-use emissions from over 500 vehicles in the Kansas City area.  During 2010 he led the development of the emission control system for the winning vehicle in the $5M category of the Progressive Insurance Automotive X-Prize competition. His work has resulted in the co-authorship of two patents, five peer-reviewed journal articles, and over 20 presentations at industry meetings hosted by (among others) the Coordinating Research Council, the Air and Waste Management Association, and the Society of Automotive Engineers.  He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 1988.

About InfoWedge

InfoWedge specialized in consulting with public and private sector clients to study the effects of mobile source emissions and help bring new fuel efficiency and pollution reduction products to market. Their team worked in carious capacities including in-use testing or lab testing using Portable Emissions Measurement Systems (PEMS) and Portable Activity Measurement Systems (PAMS), development of client emissions lab capabilities, and grant writing. Selection of current clients: ECO (engine certification); CE-Center for Emissions Research & Technology at UC Riverside; Waukesha Power; Engine Distributors, Inc.; Westport – Light Duty; Boshart Engineering. List of other clients/references available. The following are descriptions of recent relevant projects. Other recent project descriptions are available upon request.  Some of the high profile projects worked on by InfoWedge include the following;

In a high-visibility enforcement action by the California Air Resources Board, infoWedge is a subcontractor to Boshart Engineering on a project to evaluate the in-use performance and deterioration rate of an improved exhaust after-treatment system for a confidential, foreign client. The improved system is to replace an earlier version employed in CNG-powered buses that deteriorated more quickly than originally claimed. The old and new systems are being compared in loaded buses driven over actual bus routes in southern California by professional bus drivers.

Andrew Burnette developed an innovative data anlysis now accepted by US EPA for in-use compliance testing of small “neighborhood vehicles” licensed for limited use on public roadways. It applies the concept of Vehicle Specific Power (VSP) to estimate the equivalency between engine loads observed during in-use testing and during chassis dynamometer testing. VSP accounts for vehicle mass, roadway grade, aerodynamic loads, etc. This allows the dynamometer loads to be compared in-use test loads on an “apples to apples” basis so that equivalency between dynamometer and in-use testing can be emperically proven or disproven.

infoWedge was contracted by Edison2 as their emissions control expert during the Progressive Insurance Automotive XPrize competition to develop a practical sedan with a 100 MPG (gasoline equivalent) or better fuel efficiency. Andrew Burnette led a team of experts in racing engine development and engine calibration for emissions control in designing the pollution control system for the Edison2 “Very Light Car” (VLC) entry. Over the course of 9-months the team adapted a motorcycle engine to burn E85 (a 15% gasoline, 85% ethanol blend) and achieve the stringent Tier 2 bin 8 federal standard for light-duty vehicles. In October of 2011 the VLC won the $5M “mainstream” category of the contest.

Under a contract with the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission (TNRCC), Mr. Burnette directed a project to audit the tests of candidate fuels to demonstrate emissions equivalency with Texas Low-Emission Diesel (TxLED). Expert auditors (including Mr. Burnette) were required to be physically present during testing at the various labs. Through a standard operating procedure developed jointly by TCEQ and the prime contractor, Mr. Burnette and other auditors monitored the lab tests for adherence to TCEQ-approved protocols and the lab’s own QA policies. In some instances, they also verified the conformance of the lab to ISO, EPA, and CARB requirements.