Catalytic Ignition of Aquanol in Reactor, Engine, and Vehicle Environments Grant uri icon



  • Combusting ethanol-water fuels with a Catalytic Plasma Torch (CPT) promises to reduce pollutant emissions from low-compression as well as high-compression engines. This project involves studying the performance of catalytic ignition in a flow reactor, a 15 kW direct-injection test stand, a 50 kW TDI engine test stand, and a converted eight-cylinder spark ignition engine in a donated transit van. We will continue to collaborate closely with the supplier of the catalytic igniter technology, Automotive Resources, Incorporated, which is located in Sandpoint, Idaho. Our goal is to obtain high quality performance and emissions data and to use these data to predict performance in a variety of operating environments and benchmark theoretical modeling efforts. This research is intended to generate data that facilitates future engine conversions and to demonstrate the feasibility of catalytic igniter technology for alternative fuels on diverse engine platforms.

date/time interval

  • January 1, 2002

total award amount

  • UTC funding dedicated to this project is $154,500.

local award ID

  • KLK319