Thought it might be worth trying to have a thread for the compression ignition / diesel topics and the people that are interested in them - but without battery or fuel cell juice spilled all over them from some Prius / VOLT / battery / electrification - 'whatever' spin doctor.
Anybody who hauls especially long distance knows what I'm talking about when I say there isn't a snow ball's chance in hell that anything in those areas are going to work for what we need.
So.... perhaps a usable development - certainly one of interest in more ways than one.
Item #1 ) Harnessing water in Diesel fuel.
( Yep - a world upside )
If you have ever owned and operated one, chances are that from time to time, you may of had the experience where a hydroscopic fuel additive of some sort ( water remover ) worked, and worked well for you.
Furthermore, while the product was actually being used up ie 'burned' you may have really liked how the engine ran, noticed some extra power, and improvements in measured fuel consumption.
To be sure, pulling the water in the fuel system through the combustion chamber and 'burning' it is not the only thing typically involved in that scenario but nonetheless it is also typically a component of the over all positive effect.
ii ) There are interesting side effects when non destructive use of water injection is used pretty much across the ICE spectrum.
( Same with regards to the basic combustion of Hydrogen in the simplest possible settings. )
Improvements in inlet charge density and temperature are typically and correctly considered the main source of action - but once again, its not neccessarily the only thing - at least for some.
Especially in regards to certain combinations of all the variables involved in combustion engines....
Anyway, while the above are interesting topics in and of themselves, its really just intended as a short but usable intro for the following -
This is actually a 'somewhat' 'poorly' written press release and most definitely does not cover the full spectrum of combustion topics involved.
However, although they also somewhat shoot themselves in the foot ( imo ) in terms of reporting the results, ( over simplified - on purpose ??? ) those results are very interesting in a positive & very practical way nonetheless.
Cavitation Technologies Introduces HydorFuel, Hydro-Fuel Technology -- Water Saves Fuel
LOS ANGELES, Jan. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Cavitation Technologies, Inc. (CTI) (OTC Bulletin Board: CVAT; Berlin: WTC) is pleased to announce preliminary results on our new hydro-fuel technology known as HydorFuel.
CTI has used its proprietary process to mix water on a molecular level with diesel.
CTI's newest development is able to efficiently blend fuel and water.
Our newly developed technology of mixing and processing fuel with cavitation and preparation of fine water-in-oil emulsions can be used not only in marine diesel engines, but also in boilers and turbine power generators.
The apparent result is a more efficient burn and is a cleaner emission as well as lowered operating costs, particularly for marine diesels and turbine power generators.
Initial results indicate using 10-20% water-in-oil emulsion (diesel) allows the reduction of fuel consumption by up to 12% and reduces the emission of NOx by 40%, and that of sulfur dioxide and hydrogen sulfide by 50%.
< The following is where they kind of mess a bunch of stuff up in a sense - but its all good in a net sense >
A recent trial at the CTI testing facility confirmed using CTI's ISO certified independent lab Inspectorate showed 17269 BTU/lb of 10% water in #2 Diesel and 16698 BTU/lb using a 15% water blend.
This is substantially higher by comparison to other alternative fuels such as biodiesel.
The NOx reduction is also significantly more in hydro-fuel than with biodiesel making this a more preferable environmental solution for fuel additives. < Not necessarily true in a theoretical sense....... and then also this does not deal with the two together - and properly optimized. However.....its a workable observation in a practical sense - that skips over some other stuff - which maybe the best part of all >