“We have completed a series of experiments studying and measuring the ability of a novel catalyst to constructively modify commercial gasoline and diesel fuel. This catalyst has the ability to selectively remove hydrogen and/or add oxygen to hydrocarbon components of fuel. The catalyst demonstrated the ability to produce reformed fuel species at room temperature, which is novel and provides evidence these catalysts are broadly applicable in fuel applications,” including marine. This catalytic effect “leads to enhanced combustion from the hydrocarbon fuel feedstock.” This catalyst is marketed under the brand names Fitch Fuel Catalyst, GOSaver and Walker Fuel Sep. UConn research was funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.
(As published in the October 2013 edition of Maritime Reporter & Engineering News - www.marinelink.com)