West Virginia University’s Center for Alternative Fuels, Engines and Emissions (CAFEE) has completed research on the effects of nanoscale catalysts on the fuel economy of military combat and tactical ground vehicles. The results could mean huge financial savings for America’s defense and another significant step toward overall energy efficiency. The study was conducted for the U.S. Department of Defense and ManTech International, a Washington, D.C.-based defense contractor. The research hypothesized that nanoscale fuel-borne catalysts – such as platinum, cerium and other metallo-organic additives – could be combined with traditional engine fuel as catalysts to improve fuel efficiency. CAFEE, a part of WVU's Advanced Energy Institute, is a worldwide leader in the research and development of improved transportation and power system efficiency, while working toward a cleaner environment.
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