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Jul 27th 2012 3:40PM Maybe the providers of the two million bucks donated to the opportunists will finally give up and Amelia will simply be left to rest in peace. The approximate location of the Electra's disappearance is evident and after the first decade since then that's good enough for most of us in her family. It's a travesty that this fruitless expedition will be featured on the Discover Channel. Why would anyone tune in?
May 22nd 2006 2:54AM Re: Comment No. 5
Alfred Wamsley was right about the development of a product that mixed hydrocarbon with water and got a
fuel that was touted to get more miles per gallon than straight gasoline, naphtha, diesel, etc.
The inventor made that claim and got a lot of coverage from news media that took him at his word. What he actually had, probably accidentally,was a fuel that didn't get any extra miles from the hydrocarbon content, but did cause combustion at a relatively low temperature which reduced the smog-causing emissions by something like 25 percent.
Caterpillar didn't invent it. A guy in Reno did, and he convinced Cat to invest $10 million to bring the stuff to market. Cat was roughly a 50 percent owner and had contractual right to determine how it was marketed. Problem was the guy went off to Australia and re-sold the process without a word to the Cat people. They'd had enough and walked away.
Meanwhile, better ways to cut down the harmful emissions, such as gasoline-hybrid, natural gas-hybrid and the beginnings of the hydrogen fuel cell era came along and there was no longer any point in developing a market for water-fossil fuel blends.