Local inventor gets patent for internal combustion engineWritten by Duane Ramsey | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Local inventor Douglas Pelmear recently received a U.S. Patent on his HP2g hybrid V-8 engine that has achieved as much as 110 miles per gallon in road tests.
U.S. Patent No. 8616175 was issued to Pelmear of Napoleon by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on Dec. 31 for his internal combustion engine and its method for maximizing fuel efficiency. It is a utility patent, which protects the way an invention works and is used, according to the USPTO.
“The patent changed everything, the dynamics of the entire project,” he said.
Pelmear was invited to attend the International Auto Show to meet with what he called “interested parties” in the auto industry about the newly issued patent on his product.
“It was a productive trip. I just can’t give any names because we are working with national and international sources at different levels of potential for the engine,” said Pelmear, president of HP2g, LLC.
The patent covers the engine block assembly having an electromagnet coupled to it with a control system to selectively provide electrical current to the electromagnet to affect the motion of the engine components, according to the abstract description in the patent issued.
“I got a patent for the complete engine and management system which is very unusual,” Pelmear said.
A utility patent is issued for the invention of a new and useful machine, process, manufacture or a new and useful improvement such as Pelmear’s development of what he calls the Skip Fire management system for the internal combustion engine.
The patent permits its owner to exclude others from making, using, or selling the invention for a period of up to 20 years from the date of patent application filing. Pelmear originally filed applications for the patent in May 2009.
Pelmear said he has been advised he needs to find a location in a larger city where the workforce for building the engines would be available. He reported that he has talked or met with officials from Ohio, Indiana and Michigan about potential locations.
Matt Sapara, director of development from the City of Toledo, said he was aware of Pelmear and his invention from his experience at the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority but has not had any contact with him since joining the city’s staff.
Pelmear reported that Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur has become involved in the project since the patent was issued. Officials from Kaptur’s office were not available for comment.
The HP2g engine has been tested by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and exceeds 2021 EPA emission standards, according to Pelmear.
Pelmear took the design to domestic and foreign automakers to determine their interest and to banks and government groups for financing the production of the engine.
“All OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) and investors want to see a patent before investing in an invention,” Pelmear said.
He said he believes the technology for his Skip Fire engine control system is unparalleled in the automotive and transportation industry. He said it is far advanced from the variable displacement systems currently used by OEMs which fall short of fuel savings and emission reductions it achieves.
The Skip Fire system is capable of operating an engine on any number of cylinders upon demand. Skip Fire’s variable displacement shuts off fuel to individual cylinders and rotates the firing of cylinders after normal engine temperature, according to Pelmear.
In tests of the Skip Fire system on cars and light trucks, fuel costs have been reduced by as much as 33 percent, Pelmear reported. It has averaged 65 mpg in tests on a diesel engine in a car, he said.