Spark Ignition Engine Conversion to Aquanol Fuel, Phases I & II Grant uri icon



  • Combusting ethanol-water fuels with a Catalytic Plasma Torch (CPT) promises to reduce pollutant emissions from low-compression engines in urban areas. This project involves obtaining a van with an SI engine from Valley Transit and working with Aqualytic Technologies, Inc., to convert the vehicle to burn aquanol as well as gasoline. Upon completion, the vehicle will be used on a daily basis as part of the Valley Transit van fleet in Lewiston, Idaho. Emission and performance data will be collected periodically to verify durability of the catalytic ignition system. The goal of this project is to demonstrate the feasibility of retrofitting a spark ignition engine for catalytic operation and to monitor long-term operation in a public transit application.

date/time interval

  • January 1, 1999 - January 1, 2001

total award amount

  • Phase I: $21,705; Phase II: $13,023

local award ID

  • KLK315