1996-07-01 Deseret News: Car Retrofits: Carbon may give go-ahead for factory
The Carbon County Planning Commission recommended last week that 120 acres of land about five miles south of Price be re(garbled) from mining and grazing to (garbled) industrial purposes.
The land would house a factory to construct car retrofit devices that some experts look upon with great skepticism.
Paul Pantone, formerly of West Valley city and now a Price resident, says the device he has invented will reduce auto pollution while dramatically increasing mileage and that Chinese officials are investigating his invention. They may want to use it to retrofit many cars in their country, Pantone says.
'The request came through Planning and Zoning on Monday," a spokeswoman for the commission said of the proposed zoning change. "The Planning Commission gave it a favorable recommendation.
"Then it went to the county commission meeting on the 26th (Wednesday), and they set a public hearing." The hearing is scheduled for July 17. After commissioners hear testimony from the public they can immediately order the change, she said.
One Carbon County resident who saw Pantone's engine work says he is baffled by the device, which seems to do what the inventor claims.
Meanwhile, Pantone is excited about the possibilities of beginning large-scale manufacturing. "We call them pre-nuptial agreements," he said of discussions with the Chinese.
Under these agreements, "We will deliver the first X number of units for them to test." If the Chinese like the results, they will purchase more units.
"Put the device on and get three times the mileage," Pantone said of the equipment, which he calls the GEET (for Global Environmental Energy Technology) Fuel Processor.
GEET is the cover story in the April-June edition of "Exotic Research Report," a magazine dedicated to unusual inventions. It also is featured in the latest issue of a magazine devoted to supposed new energy sources, including another Utah claim, cold fusion.
Physicists the Deseret News interviewed about the device last year were skeptical about Pantone's claims. Kuan Chen, an associate professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Utah, saw the engine in 1995 and said what Pantone claims for it "seems to violate all the basic laws of science."
Although Pantone says he can power a GEET with anything from hazardous waste to crude oil mixed with water when installed in automobiles, "we're going to stick with conventional fuels, but less pollution. We're not shooting for zero pollution," he told the Deseret News in a recent interview.
Instead, he said, the goal is a reduction in a car's exhaust pollution of 75 percent to 80 percent and boost of a minimum of three times the mileage.
Pantone and his associates have modified a 1975 Ford Pinto with the GEET add-on. "It is up and running," he said.
The car has the needed power for highway travel. "It has been fine tuned...It starts much better" than it would without the modification.
However, he couldn't drive the vehicle to Salt Lake City to show it off because "it's against the law to have zero pollution in this county." The county specifies maximum and minimum pollution readings, he said, and the car puts out too little exhaust.
"But this is the only county where we have resistance," he added.
John Stueben, a Salt Lake area man who is chief executive officer of GEET, said he is extremely optimistic about the project. He has no doubts about the device's value, he said.
"The more I'm around it the more I'm convinced of its potential ability to benefit the entire world," Stueben said. "We've already applied for international patents."
Mollie Feichko, Pantone's fiancee, said a vacuum created in the add-on is one of the secrets to its operation. "It's goin to change many of the physical principles" in today's physics textbooks, she said.
By Joe Bauman, Deseret News science writer
(from geet-pantone.com news article website, )