Saturday, September 27, 2008

This Could Be Handy

Simple device which uses electrical field to boost gas efficiency developed by Temple University researcher:
With the high cost of gasoline and diesel fuel impacting costs for automobiles, trucks, buses and the overall economy, a Temple University physics professor has developed a simple device which could dramatically improve fuel efficiency as much as 20 percent.

According to Rongjia Tao, chair of Temple’s Physics Department, the small device consists of an electrically charged tube that can be attached to the fuel line of a car’s engine near the fuel injector. With the use of a power supply from the vehicle’s battery, the device creates an electric field that thins fuel, or reduces its viscosity, so that smaller droplets are injected into the engine. That leads to more efficient and cleaner combustion than a standard fuel injector, he says.

Six months of road testing in a diesel-powered Mercedes-Benz automobile showed that the device increased highway fuel from 32 miles per gallon to 38 mpg, a 20 percent boost, and a 12-15 percent gain in city driving.
Simple solutions are good. This sounds like something that could go to market quickly and might even be useful as an after-market device. Things like this, which might be able to knock 5% off of our consumption of transportation fuels in short order, make more difference than all the grandiose (and empty) investment rhetoric ever spewed by a politician.

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