Patent out of Stateline could go nationwide
August 11, 2004
The device heats gasoline to an optimum temperature before it enters an automobile engine. The result is less air pollution and better mileage, according to Aircare International Inc., a South Shore company that owns the technology.
Too good to be true? Maybe not.
The product was recently accepted into a technology verification program sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The testing, to cost more than $100,00, will take six to nine months.
Acceptance of the product was based on data from tests done in Canada and Ventura, Calif., that showed a 12 to 18 percent increase in fuel efficiency and up to a 34 percent reduction in emissions.
“It looks like it works,” said Mark Meech, senior engineer at the North Carolina-based Greenhouse Gas Technology Center, which is in charge of the EPA-sanctioned testing operation. “But there are so many automotive products that we’ve seen come and go. People claim they get 20 percent fuel economy but by the time it’s over and done with they get 1 percent. The problem is that they do the tests under optimal conditions, not real-life situations.”
Meech said the technology will be thoroughly tested for effectiveness and safety at a lab in San Antonio that specializes in automotive technology. If it passes, the Greenhouse Gas Technology Center will help market the product.
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The fuel technology was developed in Canada but the patent is owned by Aircare, a company led by two South Shore residents: Lyndon Redman, 37, and Anthony Parina, 64.
“What we have a patent on is the ability to control the (fuel) temperature at a sustained rate for long periods of time,” Redman said. Computer technology allows fuel, gasoline or diesel, to be kept at the optimal temperature.
The tentative market price for the device is $200. Tests are being done for gasoline engines first. Heating diesel is more complicated. Fitting a diesel car or truck with the device could cost between $800 and $900.
Redman, a native of Canada, works as a director for Usana Health Sciences, a nutritional company that sells its products internationally. He heard about the technology while on a business trip to Canada. Redman decided to buy the patent from a Canadian inventor in 2001 after witnessing some laboratory tests.
“The biggest thing I saw was the test results from the Canadian government,” Redman said. “They were just amazing.”
Thus far, Redman, Parina and other investors have put about $300,000 into the product. Redman said he is working on making Aircare International a publicly traded company.
Parina, who sells real estate and co-owns Sidestreet Boutique with his wife, said he met Redman while selling him some property on Kingsbury Grade.
“I really got excited because of the simplicity of it,” Parina said. “I’ve got plenty of money. To me I like the idea because it’s something that can really help the economy and environment.”
– Gregory Crofton can be reached at (530) 542-8045 or by e-mail at email@example.com