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Reporting period: 2018-05-01 to 2019-04-30

The project AQUASONIC - DIESEL belonging to Horizon2020 is the direct response of AQUASONIC S.L. and OMPI (both partner companies) to significantly reduce fuel consumption and drastically cut pollutant emission, mainly in the maritime and road transport industries. Aquasonic - diesel project will enable us to firstly, further consolidation in the European marine industry market and, secondly, open the markets of road transport in Europe and Latin America. The competitiveness of the European waterborne and road transport industries requires a dramatic effort in reducing operational costs which are more than 50% linked to fuel consumption. We have identified an immense 30.400 m€ potential market for Aquasonic-diesel as a device that can be installed as a retrofit into existing ships, truck and buses or any engine in the industry using hydrocarbons, by improving the combustibility of the used fuel without the need of any chemical additives, allowing for a significant CO2 emissions reduction.

This easy-to-install, maintenance free, robust and environmentally friendly device is based on our patented electric pulsed power technology in which a physical process is performed on the fuel right before entering the engine. A pulsed electromagnetic field performs a change on the molecules of the fuel, maximizing the fuel burning efficiency and allowing to a fuel consumption reduction up to 10%. The overall product provides advantages to the actual growing demand in the transport industries for fuel consumption reduction and cutting GHG emissions imposed by stringent regulations such as EU Euro VI and the International Maritime Organization.
During this first period main effort has been devoted to the innovation and implementation of a new Aquasonic Diesel prototype. The upscale and optimization of the prototype has been
fully accomplished after a period in which all the team (engineers, technicians, etc.) has put a lot of effort in a trial and error process in which, at the end, the expected results have been achieved successfully. The most relevant upgrade we identify compared with previous version of Aquasonic-Diesel was changing from an analogue technology into a digital one.

The work performed has been developed in a laboratory test bench, , trial and error processes have been performed as many times as needed in different environments to analyze potential errors and solve them till expected results were obtained.

The new digital technology brings the opportunity of controlling the active parameters of the system like: coils, temperature, voltage. It also allows to monitor the frequency and amplitude of the pulse. Implementing the digital system drives to the reduction of the electric consumption of the equipment. The new Aquasonic-Diesel version includes a temperature sensor which sends information to the PCB and allows to control the overall temperature of the system to prevent possible overheating on the coil, and consequent damage on the equipment.

To summarize, so far, the optimization of the prototype has been successfully achieved and all the measurements we made have yielded positive results, in accordance with the predictions of performance and the results expected.
Aquasonic-diesel technology is a different approach to improving fuel efficiency actual systems. Our product eliminates all the drawbacks of Fuel Water Emulsion and Chemical Additives technologies. Aquasonic-diesel is:

1) Low-priced (1.000-20.000 €).

2) Easy and inexpensive to implement (5% of product sales price).

3) Maintenance free (estimated lifetime 15 years – in line with Aquasonic-water).

4) Environmentally friendly (unlike chemical additives).

Aquasonic-diesel treats the fuel right before its combustion using the electromagnetic pulsed power technology to achieve the optimal molecular cracking, which results in lower fuel consumption and lower pollutant emissions. This technology is meant to have a dramatic impact in all the existing fuel consuming industries worldwide. However, our effort will be centered into two markets with a huge economic potential Market 1: the maritime industry and Market 2: the road transport industry.

This innovation achieves very significant savings for a very reasonable investment in both markets. The total fuel savings for a medium size commercial ship in a year would rise up to 730.000 €, being the pay off time only 1.5 day journey. On the other hand, savings for the road transport industry are significant too. The total fuel savings in a year would rise up to 10.184 €/year, being the pay off time only 33 days.

Main strength of our project is the innovative character of our patented solution bringing an enormous potential added value to our customers in terms of fuel savings and emissions reduction. Main strength of the consortium is the good positioning of the partners in the maritime and the road transport sectors due to our previous experience and reputation of Aquasonic SL with Aquasonic-water (maritime industry) and of OMPI as supplier to the road vehicle OEM industry.

We estimate that the project will afford the creation of 5 new employees in the consortium partners during the project execution. To reinforce our technical teams, three new engineers will be hired. On the commercial side, add new commercial team members are considered necessary.
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