Global Fuelbox – Fuel Additive DeviceEvan Ross2019-01-02T18:08:24+00:00
Fuel Additive Device
Contextual Research, Industrial Design, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Firmware & Software, User Experience, Production Transition, Consumer
Background and Challenges
Global Fuelbox is an energy technology start-up company based in California. The firm tasked Nectar with developing a new fuel additive and delivery device for improving the miles-per-gallon (MPG) ratio of diesel engines, the primary power source for today’s trucking and transport industry.
Increasing MPG with Diesel Engine Fuel Additive Device
Nectar developed a comprehensive product requirements document for the new fuel additive device; conducted chemical and combustion engine research and Failure Modes & Effects Analysis (FMEA); and collaborated with external topic experts to design and engineer the required mechanical and electromechanical systems, and associated hardware and firmware. In addition to designing tests to meet MIL-STD 810, MIL-STD 461, and OSHA requirements, Nectar performed other tests recommended by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE).
Engineering, Testing, and Additional Expertise
Military Standard for how to test equipment for electromagnetic compatibility; and additional U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements. For example, the system had to qualify for MIL-STD 810, the U.S. Military Standard that requires tailoring equipment’s environmental design and
test limits to the conditions that it will experience throughout its service life, and establishing chamber test methods that replicate the effects of environments on the equipment rather than imitating the environments themselves; MIL-STD 461, the U.S.
Improving Engine Performance No Easy Task
Global Fuelbox requested Nectar’s help in the development of a new fuel additive as well as a delivery system that could easily be fitted to existing diesel engines. Developing a new diesel fuel additive and engine delivery system required not only overcoming the inherent design and engineering challenges but also satisfying the requirements of regulatory agencies.
Improving Engine Fuel Usage and Performance
Nectar delivered a functional diesel engine fuel additive device that both improved overall engine MPG performance and met all necessary regulatory requirements.
The firm delivered the first production units for the system on time and within budget, providing Global Fuelbox with the technology and product design that it needed to launch this energy technology start-up.