Cuba is experimenting with “magnetizer” devices designed on the island that help vehicles and electric generators save fuel, thanks to the effect of their magnetic field on combustion, the official daily Granma said Saturday.
The device was invented six years ago at a state company of electric components in the western province of Pinar del Rio, and since then has been used with “favorable” and “promising” results in state buses and diesel generators.
The innovation director of the Ernesto Che Guevara Electronic Components Company, Oslirio Claro Rodriguez, told Granma that the devices produce savings because they allow a greater efficiency of combustion both “in stationary motors and those for the road.”
“They create a magnetic field in fluids able to change some of their properties, which favors combustion and, as a result, reduces consumption,” he said.
“Their use has no limits - your can even use them in a motorcycle,” he said.
Trials carried out for a year on generators of the state utility Union Electrica and of the National Bus Company brought savings of between 1 and 4 grams of fuel for every kilowatt generated, and in some motors they economized up to 80 liters (20 gallons) of diesel in 24 hours.
Other experiments showed an average fuel savings of 6 percent on a bus, where the magnets and “magnetic concentrators” that make up the device have to be installed at several points - injectors, carburetor intakes, fuel feed and return lines.
The newspaper said that the Tourism Ministry ordered the installation of some 3,000 magnetizers in its road fleet, while the National Bus Company is putting in an order to equip its passenger vehicles.
During 2012 the Ernesto Che Guevara Electronic Components Company aims to manufacture 20,000 of these devices for domestic clients and, according to Claro Rodriguez, it is capable of expanding production.
Granma noted that the product’s “relevance” could increase when research is completed on using them in fuel oil generators.