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Glenn Research Center
1998 PhaseI

The SmartPlug™ Catalytic Ignition System

Automotive Resources, Inc. (formerly Aqualytic Technologies)

Sandpoint, ID

INNOVATION
    Precision timed Catalytic Glow Plug Ignition System
Powerful Catalytic Flame Jet Ignition Event
Powerful Catalytic Flame Jet Ignition Event

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ACCOMPLISHMENTS
  • The SmartPlug™ Catalytic Ignition eliminating the need for magnetos and spark plugs
  • Used with low octane unleaded fuels without the risk of detonation or other engine damage
COMMERCIALIZATION
  • SmartPlug™ revenue to date $125K
  • Formed KNEW Corporation which has a worldwide exclusive license of Automotive Resources, Inc. patents on the SmartPlug™ Catalytic Ignition System. License fees are $240K
  • KNEW Corporation’s capitalization is $500K and has full time job equivalent of 5 employees
  • Aircraft SmartPlugs™ e-commerce site launched May 2002
GOVERNMENT/SCIENCE APPLICATIONS
  • NASA’s GAP Program – SmartPlugs™ enable the use of unleaded fuels and conversion of General Aviation engines to JET A operation
  • Army Communications & Electronics Command (CECOM) SBIR for converting Honda Generators from gasoline to JP-8 or Diesel#2 operation
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