2005-09-07: Henderson County News: Student's engine may hold key to gas woes

With rising fuel prices affecting everyone, one Tennessee Technology Center student may have found and built a working model of an alternative.
James Prescott, of Scotts Hill, and his cousin, Billy Burton, modified the motor from a pressure washer to run on a mixture of fuel and water.
Prescott carried the motor to school with him at the Lexington Campus of the Tennessee Technology Center last week to demonstrate to fellow students and teachers that it did actually work.
Prescott said he downloaded the plans for the engine's modifications off of the Internet and wasn't sure if the system would work or not.
"I just wanted to see if it would work, and it did. It amazed me," Prescott said.
The plans for the Geet (Global Environmental Energy Technology) fuel processor, reportedly designed by Paul Pantone of Utah, have been sold over the internet since at least the early 1990s with various degrees of success reported by those who paid as much as $150 for the plans. But Prescott said he found a site offering schematics of the processor for free.
"Apparently he (Pantone) made these plans available before Y2K in case people needed to use it to run generators," Prescott said.
According to the website, the processor replaces the standard carburetor on virtually any internal combustion engine and uses exhaust fumes to aerate and heat the fuel mixture into a vapor that is then used to run the engine.
"It uses the exhaust as a fuel pump, basically," Prescott said.
Prescott said his early tests have estimated that the engine will run about four hours on a gallon of fuel.
"That's running it wide open the whole time," Prescott said. But he isn't sure yet if the engine will still bear out the same horspower or even how much more efficient it may be than a standard engine of the same size.
Prescott's model is a 5 horsepower Briggs and Stratton engine, and he said he is planning on setting his Geet engine next to a stock engine for a fuel consumption comparison.
"I've also been offered a go-kart frame to put the engine on," Prescott said, "that way we can kind of see how it might work on a car."
Prescott's machine tool instructor, Sam Tolley, said he isn't convinced the modified engine will solve people's fuel woes, "but there may be something to it."
"We thought it was something. I don't think it's perfected. But maybe if we had more people like Jim working on it we'd get somewhere with it."
"What we really need to find out is if it's actually more efficient and it's hard to say right now," Tolley said.
Ed Johnson, Campus Coordinator for the Lexington campus said to him the real achievement is that Prescott was able to make the engine run using only an internet diagram and parts from a local hardware store.
"Often times plans you find on the internet are either so vague you never know what to do or so technical you can never figure it out," Johnson said.
Johnson said Prescott's engine is also a testament to what people with a desire to learn are able to teach themselves.
"When someone gets inquisitive like that, it's amazing to see how much they are able to teach theirself," Johnson said.

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