Tecogen Hires Engine Expert to Lead Fork Truck Development Work
Alan Welch to join as Project Manager
WALTHAM, Mass., Feb. 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Tecogen® Inc. (the "Company", NASDAQ: TGEN) today announced that Alan B. Welch will join the Research & Development team as Project Manager. A mechanical engineer with over 30 years of experience developing and managing automotive, industrial engine, and component technology programs, Mr. Welch will be leading the initiative to develop Tecogen's patented Ultera® emissions control technology for propane fork truck application. The project is being funded in part by a research grant from PERC, the Propane Education & Research Council, and the work is being conducted in collaboration with two major fork truck industry manufacturers.
Robert Panora, Tecogen's President and COO, commented, "We are very excited to welcome Mr. Welch to the Tecogen team. His experience with various engine control strategies and background in bringing products from concept through to complete development will be a wonderful asset as we pursue the further development of our emissions control technology for various applications."
Mr. Welch spent more than 18 years at Westport where he was involved in a variety of projects including the release of a Westport modified Ford F250 bi-fuel (CNG/gasoline) pickup truck, concept and validation of a 2.4L CNG/LPG industrial engine for forklift and oilfield customers, and the development of custom fuel systems for light and medium duty engine programs. He was most recently Senior Director, Advanced Technology at Westport Innovations in Vancouver BC, now part of Westport Fuel Systems (Nasdaq: WPRT). Prior to joining Westport, Mr. Welch held various engineering and management roles in new product development at Stewart and Stevenson Power, Arthur D. Little, and GFI Control Systems. He holds both Masters and Bachelor's degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toronto. Mr. Welch will initially remain in Vancouver pending various approvals.
A leading provider of cost efficient, clean and reliable products for power production, heating and cooling which, through patented technology, nearly eliminate criteria pollutants and significantly reduce a customer's carbon footprint, Tecogen's Ultera emissions control technology was first developed for the natural gas powered stationary engine market. More recently, the technology has been adapted for other applications, including biogas powered engines, and is being studied for other mobile engine categories, including the gasoline automotive market. The Company continues to actively pursue development of the cutting edge Ultera emissions control technology in other engine categories (like fork trucks and standby generators) for the benefit of Tecogen shareholders.
In business for over 30 years, Tecogen has shipped more than 2,500 units, supported by an established network of engineering, sales, and service personnel across the United States. For more information, please visit www.tecogen.com or contact us for a free Site Assessment.
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