Naf-Tech Energy was founded in 2003 (and the Company registered in 2007) in Pretoria, South Africa when its Chairman, Mr C J Hansen, and other forward thinking individuals met with petroleum industry experts and grasped the opportunity to develop a uniquely South African product to assist in the lowering of fuel consumption and to contribute to the National Commitment to a sustainable future by reducing Greenhouse Gas emissions (GHG).
Naf-Tech is a South African product, manufactured locally in strict adherence to ISO 9001 requirements. Keep in mind that the world still primarily runs on liquid fuel. It is a powerful and effective propellant of global growth and development in a world where valiant efforts to find suitable energy alternatives are yet to come to fruition on the scale necessary to drive progress. Clean air is a powerful and essential proponent of global existence. And it is under threat.
South Africa is a signatory to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (NFCCC) and its Kyoto Protocol. As such, it has committed itself to significant Greenhouse Gas (GHG) mitigation efforts and will inevitably require its corporate citizens to participate in honouring its moral and legal obligations aimed at restoring balance in the environment by managing pollution levels and the collective carbon footprint.
Petroleum and the environment are more often than not depicted in a horn-locked position: the one necessitating the extinction of the other. However, forward-thinking petroleum industry experts have developed an unique product to address the dichotomy and to contribute to the National commitment to a sustainable future.
After decades of dedicated improvement on the engine manufacturer’s side, the automotive- and petroleum industry are shifting their collective focus towards refining petroleum fuel. Our immensely accomplished Research and Development team conceived a radical product working in synergy with petroleum based fuel to address specific inherent limitations caused by its constituent elements. (As derived from conventional base stock.) The result is petroleum fuel that releases its energy at the optimum moment during combustion to improve power output and significantly reduces GHG emissions.
During 2009 and 2010 Naf-Tech Energy (in partnership with MTN) embarked on extensive benchmark scientific testing, using the Naf-Tech product under controlled conditions to determine the benefits of the product. The major role players were MTN, Diesel Electric Services (specialising in the supply and maintenance of diesel engines and services to a broad range of industries across Africa), Aer-O-Cure (specialising in the supply of specific equipment to the car industry, utilizing generators and diesel burners), and the CSIR.
- The results of the Diesel Electric Services formal tests proved an average fuel saving of 21.43% for a diesel generator test set.
- Further informal tests at Diesel Electric Services also proved:
- Cooler engine temperatures at 100% load;
- Cooler exhaust temperatures at 100% load.
- The results of the Aer-O-Cure formal tests proved an average fuel saving of 22.63% for the diesel generator test set using an alternative methodology than that of the Diesel Electric Services tests.
- Further testing at Aer-O-Cure (which also included testing the effect of Naf-Tech on diesel burner application) proved:
- Substantially reduced soot and odour in emissions;
- Reduced servicing, cleaning and replacement of injector nozzles;
- Reduced pollution and visible smoke emissions into the atmosphere;
- Cooler running engines;
- Smoother running engines.
Since the successful completion of the bench-mark testing (confirming the substantial reduction on fuel consumption) and hence the Naf-Tech Product already firmly established itself in the major commercial markets, the Company (Naf-Tech Energy (Pty) Limited) embarked on (inter alia) concluding an agreement with S.A.T.T.P.
(The South African Technology and Training Platform).
This association includes all six Universities of Technology in South Africa as well as The Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium), the University of Eindhoven (The Netherlands) and the University of Aachen (Germany) (called “ELAt” – the Eindhoven – Leuven-Aachen triangle).
In doing the aformentioned Naf-Tech
is now able to directly tap into the vast expertise of a large number of Universities of Applied Sciences as well as other academic bodies globally. These Universities are esteemed authorities and are well known for their automotive and environmental research (including research on emissions, carbon credits, fuel savings, etc.). The purpose of this partnership is to take Naf-Tech
to the next level regarding the roll the product also plays in climate control, both locally in the RSA. and Internationally in terms of greenhouse gas emissions.
In conjunction with SATTP, SARS (South African Revenue Services) and DST (Department of Science and Technology) the first projects (including two projects for MTN) were registered as Research and Development programmes, carrying with it the additional benefit of a Governmental Tax Incentive Scheme.
The Chairman of Naf-Tech has also (since November 2008) been serving as a member of the Sub-Committee for Diesel, Petrol and Petroleum Gasses of ASTM International (The American Society for Testing and Materials) (The authority entrusted with setting International Petroleum standards for 53 Countries worldwide, including South Africa.)
Naf-Tech was selected by The Department of Environmental Affairs to officially participate and showcase in The National Department of Environmental Affair’s Magazine 2011.
Naf-Tech effortlessly secured product insurance with Abelard, and is underwritten by Lloyds covering up to R5 million per incident.