Arriving from Mexico near mid last century, we moved to Central Saskatchewan just before I was six years old, on to Northern Alberta, Central British Columbia, and back to Alberta all by the time I was thirteen.
When I left home at sixteen I first worked in a saw mill and then many short term labor/sales jobs until I started working as an apprentice plumber in the North West Territories. I continued that line of employment while living in Prince George, BC. Completing my apprenticeship in 1976 at BCIT along with attaining my class “B” Gas fitters license.
By the end of March 1980 I had upgraded my “B ticket” to an “A” Gas fitters license.
It was through this education in combustion science and engineering that I attained the knowledge to compliment by my creative nature and being the environmentally concerned individual I was, allowed me to have the required insight into the cause of much ‘future’ air pollution, as well as bring me to design a system to curb it, by 1981.
Although my trade dealt with fuel and combustion for heat used in industrial processes, my original focus was on the waste and pollution caused by the running of internal combustion engines, this was familiar to me, having grown up in a family of automotive mechanics.
I reasoned that although I burnt fuel, in my work, purposely for the end result of heat; in the motor, the heat of combustion was discarded as useless, since it contributed little towards producing torque to do work, and could cause the motor to “melt down” if it was not dissipated.
However, a simple injection of water into an engines’ combustion cylinder, timed to be immediately after the fuel had exploded and had released its’ heat energy; would allow the water to absorb the heat. Then as the piston moves down the cylinder and the cylinder pressure drops, the water temperature/pressure becomes ‘critical’ and it flashes to steam.
This additional “Steam Explosion” on the piston top using about 90% of the heat released in the fuel combustion, would equate to about 25%+ of the fuel combustions’ torque production, and so being complimentary to it, increase the engines’ total power production by 25% also.
The Pollution ‘Scrub’;
Having loaded the exhaust with as much steam as it could hold it would now take condensing the vapor out of the exhaust and then re-using it, time and time again, to re-inject back into the engine. Of course, the pollution it had absorbed from the exhaust would need to be removed with filters, and the acidity neutralized before it could be re-used.
It is “Acid Rain”, when our atmosphere purges these same pollutants from the air we breathe, because currently, nothing at all is removed from any engine exhaust gases while they are in the exhaust system or before they are blatantly dumped into our Earths’ Atmosphere.
For the last thirty four years it has been my mission to see this innovation to market for us and future generations to use in reducing the escalating damage done by hydrocarbon pollution that has been accumulating since the earliest days of the “Horse-less Carriage”.
Please, with the dawning of; “Change from a past of waste and pollution” on the horizon, at COP 21 consider the preceding a viable challenge to the status quo.
Willy Ens … ‘Innovator at large’