The Faustian Bargain - Health or Economic Growth


Every day politicians and scientists make trade-offs between our health and GDP. Today NOx (nitrogen oxides) and PM (particulate matter), which are emitted from engines are seen as a necessary evil, as they literally fuel economic growth. They are also known however to cause smog and acid rain. Both are easily inhaled and both damage lung tissue. A UK study found that mortality increases 7% with each 5 micro-gram increase in PM.

The effects are so severe that cities in China are closed on a regular basis because the air is too unhealthy to breathe, affecting hundreds of millions of people. Hospitals are reporting surges in children with respiratory diseases. The world health organization defines a safe level of PM at 25 micrograms per cubic meter, but China regularly reaches levels as high as 500. Beijing airport sometimes has a visibility of only 300 metres due to smog, and the city often closes down roads. 


Because of these threats regulators worldwide are getting tough on NOx and PM with regulations tightening in waves to allow industry time to adjust. Cleaning up our engines is expensive and it is not optional. We have both a legal and moral obligation to comply.

The Quick Fixes

There is no doubt that this is a true crisis, and yet a real solution remains elusive. Today manufacturers deal with emissions at the exhaust or reduce their  production during combustion:

SCR (selective catalytic reduction) is an after-treatment where NOx is neutralized at the exhaust by combining it with urea. The problem with this technology is that it is expensive and requires the user to carry a urea supply. PM is dealt with using a DPF (diesel particulate filter), but it requires a low level of sulphur in the fuel which is not always possible. SCR is also known to malfunction in cold temperatures.

EGR (exhaust gas recirculation) reduces NOx creation in the engine by cooling some exhaust gas and recirculating it back into the air intake of the engine, resulting in lower oxygen and nitrogen and a lower temperature inside the combustion chamber. NOx is formed at high temperature and hence the lower oxygen/nitrogen combined with lower engine temperature reduces NOx formation. The problem with EGR is it reduces engine performance and also increases PM because it decreases the efficiency of combustion.

A True Solution UP TO 50 % COST SAVINGS - NO NOX

There is a third way to deal with this problem, and it not only deals with the problem elegantly, it also results in fuel savings, and heavily reduces carbon emissions. Our solution is to use a separate fuel supply of methanol and "reform" it into a gas which is then injected into the air intake of the engine. Because the gas is rich in hydrogen it burns very well together with diesel or petrol in the engine. The result is close to zero NOx emissions and much lower PM. In fact the NOx emitted is so low that no further after-treatment is required. A DPF is still required to catch small amounts of PM which result from any diesel still used in the engine.

Burn fuel more efficiently and without catalytic converters and diesel oxidation catalysts

When you use the Fuel Pro with your engine the formation of NOx is reduced by 85% and meets the standard regulations.

Almost no NOx Emissions

Almost no NOx Emissions. No need for expensive NOx abatement technology.

Significantly increase fuel

Significantly increase fuel burning economy

Works on any size of engine

Works on any size of engine

One of a kind, unique technology

One of a kind, unique technology

Better fuel economy

Better fuel economy lower carbon footprint

Much lower maintenance

Much lower maintenance cost than diesel catalytic converters it replaces

It's so easy to use the Fuel Pro

1. Connect the methanol tank and the water tank to the Fuel Pro.
2. Connect the Fuel Pro to the generator air intake
3. warm up the Fuel Pro
4. Start the generator
5. Enjoy emission-free energy with savings of up to 50% on running costs

How it works:

  1. User starts the Fuel Pro by turning on 220V switch
  2. it warms up (typical 35 minutes)
  3. After warming up methanol and water are drawn into the Fuel Pro.
  4. Air is pumped in via the air compressor
  5. The Fuel Pro processes the ingredients into an output gas: 37% H2, 18.5% CO2 and CO, 44.5% N2
  6. This gas comes out of a tube from the fuel pro and enters the engine air intake
  7. The gas displaces some air and some diesel that would normally enter the engine cylinder
  8. Because air is displaced from the engine, in particular oxygen there is less opportunity for toxic nitrous oxides to form (NO and NO2 referred to as NOx). This happens when Nitrogen and oxygen are present at high temperatures and pressure
  9. The hydrogen and CO burn together with diesel and air
  10. Because hydrogen burns much hotter and faster than diesel the following happens:
  • Although air is displaced, combustion is complete because hydrogen needs much less oxygen than diesel to burn
  • any diesel present burns with the air that is not displaced by the Fuel Pro gas, and burns more completely in the presence of hydrogen
  • The combustion happens faster and at the peak of the engine compression stroke because of the rapid speed of hydrogen combustion. Diesel normally burns slower and hence the more diesel is displaced the faster the explosion and better the engine efficiency.
  • lower NOx is created
  • because there is less diesel less of another pollutant, particulate matter is created
The result is: A more efficient engine, lower emissions, greater fuel economy.

imageWho Needs the Fuel Pro?

The Fuel Pro lowers fuel bills as it replaces some of the diesel fuel with H2 rich gas with triple the heat energy of diesel. Miners, shipping companies, green field construction companies and other stationary generator users all need to comply with tough new regulations. The Fuel Pro lowers fuel bills for users of stationary engines, by using cheaper fuels alongside the normal fuel. It also virtually eliminates the most noxious emissions meaning your engine will not need the most expensive catalytic converter technology. In the shipping industry compliance with Marpol VI requires expensive solutions. The Fuel Pro means millions in savings.

imageWhat are the savings?

Savings are achieved via reduction of the diesel fuel consumption, while the efficiency of the engine is unaltered. On day 1 you will save on redundant catalytic converter hardware which needs to be replaced at great cost every 3 years or so. Even greater savings derive from the much lower cost of the fuel. Payback via fuel savings on a Fuel Pro can be as little as 3 months if you are a heavy engine user.

imageWhat is the Fuel Pro?

The Fuel Pro is a highly optimized oxi-steam reformer which converts fuels such as methanol into a hydrogen rich gas which burns very efficiently inside an engine without toxic NOx emissions. It has almost no moving parts and is noise free.

imageHow do I use it?

Just set it up next to your generator, supply it with water and your fuel (usually methanol) and an electricity supply, and feed the gas it produces directly into the air intake of your engine. The engine needs no modifications. After a warm up of 35 minutes it works at maximum efficiency and no longer needs external power to heat it.

imageWhat is the capacity?

One Fuel Pro can process 6 litres of methanol per hour resulting in combustible gas which will replace 18 litres of diesel in engines which are 80kW or greater. You could use the Fuel Pro to provide fuel at a "base load", or the minimum load the engine uses throughout the day. This will ensure no fuel is wasted. Or if your engine sits at a high load for much of the day, you could use the Fuel Pro to fuel the engine at the load where you expect it to be. In this case your engine will idle faster and some fuel will be wasted, but you will be able to achieve savings at your higher most commonly used load.

imageWhat is unique about the Fuel Pro?

Our device is highly efficient (approaching 100%) with a very quick start time. We focus on energy efficiency and reduction of NOx and CO2. There is no small device as efficient nor as stable with such low catalyst degradation as the Fuel Pro. technology can be used today for:

Diesel engine users and makers: Your engine no longer needs these pricey elements:

Diesel oxidation catalyst

Diesel oxidation catalyst made with platinum $1,000 – $3,000

Catalysed diesel particulate filter

Catalysed diesel particulate filter (catalyst coated) $1,500 – $4,500

Selective catalytic reduction

Selective catalytic reduction like AdBlue working with urea a reductant which converts NOx to nitrogen . $8,000 – $25,000

EGR,exhaust gas recirculation system, a complex and costly process which reduces engine efficiency.