Congratulations Dr. Marcus Ashford!

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Congratulations Dr. Marcus Ashford!

The Office for Technology Transfer would like to congratulate Dr. Marcus Ashford on receiving a patent entitled “ON-BOARD VAPOR RECOVERY SYSTEM AND APPARATUS BACKGROUND.”

His invention involves a sensor that would detect and capture vapor, like hydrocarbons, that escape from fuel storage tanks in motorized vehicles. The vapor that escapes from fuel tanks is often very harmful to the environment. Dr. Ashford’s invention will capture this vapor so that it can be used as a fuel source for actions such as cold starting the vehicle. 60-95% of hydrocarbon emissions occur the first 60-90 seconds after a vehicle is cold started. Dr. Ashford submits that his sensor can eliminate the hydrocarbon emission altogether.

Since this technology can be easily retro fitted to any motor, or built into new ones, it has applications in the automotive industry.

Dr. Ashford is a professor at The University of Alabama in the Mechanical Engineering department. His research focuses on alternative fuel, advanced combustion engines, and methods to reduce emissions and improve efficiency.

For more information on Dr. Ashford’s technology, or any of the other technologies at OTT, please visit ott.ua.edu.

 

The Office for Technology Transfer would like to congratulate Dr. Marcus Ashford on receiving a patent entitled “ON-BOARD VAPOR RECOVERY SYSTEM AND APPARATUS BACKGROUND.”

His invention involves a sensor that would detect and capture vapor, like hydrocarbons, that escape from fuel storage tanks in motorized vehicles. The vapor that escapes from fuel tanks is often very harmful to the environment. Dr. Ashford’s invention will capture this vapor so that it can be used as a fuel source for actions such as cold starting the vehicle. 60-95% of hydrocarbon emissions occur the first 60-90 seconds after a vehicle is cold started. Dr. Ashford submits that his sensor can eliminate the hydrocarbon emission altogether.

Since this technology can be easily retro fitted to any motor, or built into new ones, it has applications in the automotive industry.

Dr. Ashford is a professor at The University of Alabama in the Mechanical Engineering department. His research focuses on alternative fuel, advanced combustion engines, and methods to reduce emissions and improve efficiency.

For more information on Dr. Ashford’s technology, or any of the other technologies at OTT, please visit ott.ua.edu.

 

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