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Santo Domingo.- The Technological Institute of Santo Domingo (Intec) on Monday obtained  the first patent ever granted to a Dominican university from the National Office of Intellectual Property (Onapi), for an automatically heated catalytic converter for internal combustion engines.

Developed by students Francarlos Bencosme, of Intec, and Keyron Figueroa, of the Santo Domingo State University (UASD) -both 21, the equipment reduces the direct pollution emitted by a vehicle. The device is to be installed in a vehicle’s exhaust system.

The current catalyst converters are also designed to reduce greenhouse gases, but don’t start working until the auto has been driven arund 10 kilometers, which takes as long as 15 minutes. The invention starts working immediately, reducing direct pollutants up to 90%.

Bencosme and Figueroa had been working on their idea since they were high school sophomores and their goal now is to obtain an international patent and offer the prototype to automakers.

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7 comment(s)
Written by: laman00, 5 Sep 2016 3:02 PM
From: United States, San Fernando valley, CA

To little to late electric vehicles are the future and they will be catching up very soon with the internal combustion engines, almost every car maker is perusing with full force to reach that goal, starting with TESLA which is the master mind of all the technology so far....
Written by: anthonyC, 5 Sep 2016 5:33 PM
From: United States

Until the slow charge issue is resolved Electric cars will always be a niche market. Tesla has invented nothing and is just using off the shelf technology.
That is why Tesla is a money losing company. Take away Tax breaks, subsidies and Carbon credits and Elon Musk would run to file the bankruptcy papers for Tesla as fast as he can.

Internal combustion engines will be with us for at least 2-3 decades to come.
Written by: IloveDR, 5 Sep 2016 6:08 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo
@Anthony I agree, especially in our country - DR, these type of efficient emissions technology are greatly needed in order to reduce all of the disgusting fumes generated in big cities like Santiago and the capital.. this is a great step!
Written by: laman00, 5 Sep 2016 11:50 PM
From: United States, San Fernando valley, CA

2-3 decades?

Are you kidding me dude??

You can come back and talk to me within 5 years or less and let's see what decades are you talking about ...
Maybe not in DR but it sure is kick starting here in my state of California.
Written by: anthonyC, 6 Sep 2016 1:47 AM
From: United States

Come back to me in 5 years and tell me how many cars sold in Cali are electric.

Right now Plug in Electric cars sales represent 3.24% of all the cars in California and expect it to drop once the novelty wears off.

Unless the long recharge time is addressed Electric will always be the next big thing. Never the thing.

Written by: laman00, 6 Sep 2016 3:19 AM
From: United States, San Fernando valley, CA

Ok we'll see about that mark my words....
Written by: guillermone, 15 Sep 2016 11:10 PM
From: United States, Bring Back DT Forum

I think the big push will be towards hybrid technology, a combination gasoline and electric vehicles. I believe that is a more realistic. The petroleum industry is still too powerful to allow their industry to completely disappear off the face of the earth. Too many billions of dollars are at stake. But alternative energy vehicles is a very still very possible, but it will be at the expense of another industry. But someone with deep pockets is not going to let it happen, therefore it will be a long while before we see gasoline combustion engines be long gone. It just ain't gonna happen right now, not because the technology does not exist, but rather because some bigwigs, interests groups and lobbyist in Washington will make sure it doesn't. But it takes strong political will power to make it happen. But it can happen if we put the right person in the White House. But who would that be? I can't think of anybody right now.
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