ETHANOL BOOSTING SYSTEMS, LLC (EBS)

 

 

Motivation

 

The urgent need for reduced fuel consumption in the petroleum-dependent automobile and light truck transportation sector is now manifestly evident. The motivating factors behind this ever-increasing awareness include national security, the upwardly spiraling price of crude oil spurred by the rapid growth of worldwide demand, and the growing body of scientific evidence pointing to the emissions of carbon dioxide which are inherent to the combustion of fossil fuels as a contributor to global climate change. To meet this need, Ethanol Boosting Systems, LLC (EBS) is developing a game-changing approach that can provide a major increase in fuel economy at low cost. Because of its low cost and the fact that only a modest departure from current technology is required, the EBS innovation can provide a major impact in removing the barrier to a large and rapid market penetration for clean, high efficiency vehicles.

 

High incremental cost compared with today’s vehicles has been a very significant impediment to the introduction and acceptance of a new generation of high fuel economy, low emission vehicles. EBS is developing an enabling technology that promises to remove this impediment while maintaining or improving vehicle performance. The EBS technology enables fuel economy close to that of the hybrid vehicle approach at about 20% of the initial cost and also removes the problem of an expensive battery replacement during the life of the vehicle. It requires only minor modifications to existing gasoline engines resulting in a much simpler overall propulsion system than the hybrid with associated benefits of lower weight and increased useable space. The EBS system combines the optimum use of a limited quantity of ethanol with conventional gasoline in a significantly downsized, turbocharged gasoline engines to achieve a 25 –30% increase in fuel economy. The projected incremental cost for this system is in the $500 -$1000 range, resulting in fuel savings payback times of about 2 years. In addition, the EBS technology can facilitate more cost effective and expanded use of ethanol, a renewable transportation fuel that is receiving increased attention worldwide.