Professor Rongija Tao, from Temple University, invented a device that, applied to the vehicle’s fuel line, near the injectors, creates an electric field that reduces the fuel’s viscosity, so that smaller droplets are injected into the engine, leading to better combustion and increased fuel efficiency as much as 20%.
Rongija Tao did six months of road testing by using the device in a classical diesel car, a Mercedes Benz. The device helped the car increase its mileage from 32 MPG to 38 MPG on highway traffic, and by 12 to 15 percent in town.
“We expect the device will have wide applications on all types of internal combustion engines, present ones and future ones,” Rongija Tao wrote in the study published in Energy & Fuels.
The professor is still working on his invention, and wants to apply it to gasoline, biodiesel and kerosene powered engines. If he succeeds with kerosene, it means that planes will have great fuel consumption reductions.
The Temple University wants to patent Tao’s invention. California-based firm called “Save the World Air”, Inc., has been licensed to use and commercialize the technology.
Joe Dell, Vice President of Marketing for STWA says the company is currently working with a trucking company near Reading, Pa., to test Rongija Tao’s device on diesel-powered trucks, where he estimates it could increase fuel efficiency as much as 6-12 percent (again, big consumption reduction figures). He predicts this type of increased fuel efficiency could save tens of billions of dollars in the trucking industry and have a major impact on the economy through the lowering of costs to deliver goods and services.
“Temple University is very excited about the translation of this new important technology from the research laboratory to the marketplace,” said Larry F. Lemanski, Senior Vice President for Research and Strategic Initiatives at Temple. “This discovery promises to significantly improve fuel efficiency in all types of internal combustion engine powered vehicles and at the same time will have far-reaching effects in reducing pollution of our environment.”
Again, this invention is good, but it has to be brought up quickly and safely for everybody to enjoy it. My opinion is that still electric cars are the automobile’s future. Until we can be 100% certain that 100% electric motors could drive everything (to be read: we’ll have the batteries to drive them efficiently), these intermediate technologies are still good at important fuel consumption reductions and helping the environment until we come up with something else.