2009 - Volume #33, Issue #3, Page #34[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
"Water Muffler" Cleans Up Diesel, Boost MileageThe GreenPower Muffler boosts diesel mileage and extends engine life while helping to meet federal clean air regulations. Even better, it doesn't need special additives or expensive rare earth catalysts, and you don't have to burn ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel, says inventor and developer Julius Rim.
"This technology uses plain water," says Rim, a former senior research engineer at General Motors Technology Center.
Rim's technology is called hydrated EGR (exhaust gas recycling) with prices starting at $1,850. That compares favorably to the $9,600 urea additive alternative that's expected to become the new U.S. standard. With EGR systems, diesel fuel particulates are filtered out and a portion of the exhaust gas is recycled back through the engine. It helps reduce NOx (nitrogen oxide and nitrogen dioxide) emissions.
"My system uses waste heat from the muffler to turn water to vapor and pipes it to the air-intake ports along with the EGR gases," says Rim.
He says his technology has been shown to improve fuel economy by 12 percent, decrease NOx by 51.4 percent, decrease diesel particulate matter by 89.2 percent, and prolong engine life. He adds that if retrofitted to all diesel engines and installed on new ones, it also would eliminate the need for ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel.
"Current regulations requiring no more than 10 parts per million sulfur could be changed, allowing 50 parts per million sulfur," says Rim. "This alone would reduce diesel prices substantially without impacting the environment."
Rim is currently producing and testing prototypes. He recently received a $740,000 grant from the Port of Los Angeles for a demonstration of his technology on ocean going vessels.
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