One of the largest fleets of gasoline-powered equipment that sits idle for long periods of time but needs to operate properly at a moments notice is in the hands of the U.S Military. How do they keep the gasoline fresh in all of their vehicles?
The federal government recently awarded $4 million to Advanced Power Systems International (APSI), makers of the Fitch Fuel Catalyst. The FFC is a cage of metal pellets that do not dissolve, but constantly act upon the fuelâ€™s hydrocarbon molecules to keep fuel fresh, preventing degradation due to bacteria, yeast, and mold.
The money was awarded to APSI for two projects involving the Fitch Fuel Catalyst. Three million dollars will be spent by the U.S. Navy to purchase the permanent pre-combustion fuel catalysts from APSI for 4,000 of the serviceâ€™s biggest fuel guzzlers, including patrol boats, escort boats, security boats, tugs and workboats.
The Fitch Fuel Catalyst also makes engines operate more efficiently so they use less fuel. In some cases, Navy vessels have used as much as 25 percent less fuel when the catalyst was utilized.
The other $1 million will be used for further fuel catalyst research on ground-based vehicles.
This is the second time the government has invested in APSI. In 2001, $500,000 was awarded to the firm for research and evaluation of the catalyst.