Since 1976, GLOBAL Energy has been exposed to cold weather operability of petroleum.
Established in Minnesota, Global Energy began working with owner-operators. Conversations took place between companies and fuel consumers on how temperature was leading to equipment failure which could pose a life-threatening situation.
Those conversations became a reality the winter of 1976 when an owner operator’s semi-truck fuel gelled and left the man with permanent physical damage due to frostbite and hypothermia. Experiences like these brought Global Energy where it is today.
Winter of 1976
Fred & Gloriea Eggerichs
Fred Eggerichs (Husband and father of 3 boys) was stranded in South Dakota from fuel failure. Due to crystallization/waxing from the -20 degree weather. Changing the fuel filter he managed to spill fuel on his hands leaving him with permanent physical damage, frostbite, and hypothermia. Fred's hands were wrapped in bandages for 6 months. In those 6 months, one of the boys grew interested in the petroleum Industry.
Travis Eggerichs Sr.
During the 1980’s and early 1990’s Travis worked with NHRA and NASCAR Teams comparing engine wear patterns, stressed oils, and fuels, both on internal gas and nitro engines. His areas of interest were from fuel delivery systems, internal chemical etchings to combustion modifications. Oils were reviewed from lower sleeve wear to main bearing loads with crankshaft blackening, (burning of the crankshaft jernals due to load friction).
Travis was one of the first to study the effects of the United States change over from high sulfur fuel to low sulfur fuel. In 1992 he began studying and analyzing the effects of the change that was about to come. His hypothesis during his analysis became a reality in October of 1993 when the change in fuel was across the board in the United States. When low sulfur diesel was introduced, precautions were taken (additives were added to); oil rings, seals, pumps and injectors with minimal failures, while nationally the trucking industry had major failures. From 1993 through 1997, research continued from internal lab testing to field follow up for confirmation. In 1997 a number of formulations were tested and continue to be tested today. Cold weather testing is performed annually in International Falls, Minnesota with atmospheric temperatures reaching -49 degrees Fahrenheit. These tests are conducted to review the United States fuels CFPP or cold weather operability. With the ever-changing design of fuel consuming equipment and fuel mandated requirements, adjustments to both oil and fuel stimulants continue to evolve. Since 1997 the fuel additive Clean Fire has been updated six times to meet these demands.
In January 2006 Clean Fire was introduced to the public and to the trucking industry by Travis H. Eggerichs, Sr. The product continues to be manufactured for a wide range of diesel fuel engines and applications. Travis is involved reviewing new mandates in regards to United States fuels as well as with the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Weights and Measures. The primary goal of Global Energy Research and Development, Inc., the parent company of Clean Fire, is to be ahead of the manufacturer requirements of future fuels and understanding federal requirements of the United States Regulation of Emissions.
Information & Operations
"I am proud to be apart of a company and community that strives for only the best in quality and performance. I thank God for the good times I have had with my family in the development and structure of Clean fire."
Travis Eggerichs Jr.
Packaging & Shipping
"I thank God for the ability to package Clean Fire. I thank the owner-operators that keep America going as well as trusting no other additive but Clean Fire. I thank my father Travis Sr. for the leadership, love and devotion to the company that he has instilled in us."