Watchit Technologies Inc. (WTCT), a green technology incubator with headquarters in Arden, North Carolina, will be testing and validating prototypes of its patent-pending Fuel Reformer device at a Detroit-based laboratory on May 5th.
The Fuel Reformer alters the molecular structure of petroleum-based fuels just before they are injected into an engine. The result is a “reformed” fuel that burns more efficiently—thus, increasing miles per gallon and reducing emissions
Specifically, the results of an 80,000 mile all-terrain, all-weather road test at an EPA-certified laboratory demonstrated a 40 percent increase in highway fuel mileage and a reduction of as much as 60 percent in some harmful tailpipe emissions.
In addition, WTCT has documented that the Fuel Reformer reduces wear and tear on the engine. A more complete burn of the fuel produces fewer contaminants in the engine oil that can coat the engine’s parts with harmful substances. Less adulterant in the engine’s lubrication results in longer engine life, and fewer oil changes.
In late April, Watchit Technologies announced that it had awarded a contract to a Chicago-area automotive manufacturer to build the next phase of prototypes for the Fuel Reformer.
Now comes word that the company, in collaboration with its engineering team, has chosen a Detroit based power-train test laboratory to help put the prototypes through their paces.
The unidentified power-train lab, which has facilities worldwide, will establish baseline performance on a specific profile without the Fuel Reformer installed—and then repeat the same profile with three separate Fuel Reformers and compare the data. The lab can capture data on the performance of the fuel savings device beyond the basic MPGs and emissions. Some of the data that the engineering team has requested relate to torque and horsepower, line pressures, and energy use.
“We believe that this level of testing and validation will greatly assist the company in proving our technology.” stated Max Bennett, president and CEO of Watchit Technologies. “We need to eliminate any doubt and criticism this technology holds before it arises in the marketplace. The company would not be exposing itself to this level of scrutiny and independent testing if we did not have complete confidence in the successful performance of our technology.”
“The Fuel Reformer is not a technology that was born yesterday.” continued Bennett. “The fuel savings device has undergone many years of development, testing, and evaluation. The original unit has been lab-tested three times at Environmental Testing Corporation in Aurora, Colorado, and has been extensively-road tested. Each test has produced consistent results.”
He predicted, “Now is the time to manufacture additional devices for the Detroit power-train lab and successfully complete this phase. We are confident in our technology and believe the company is on track for a major break out.”
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Edited by Jennifer Russell