Iranian ‘Fuel Filter’ Wins Silver at Silicon Valley Invention Festival

An Iranian petrol filter project has shined at Silicon Valley International Invention Festival without the presence of its inventors, who are barred from visiting the US.

A group of Iranian researchers have devised a method to prevent the incomplete combustion of hydrocarbon fuels by creating an added value at fuel filters. They say using this type of filter will not only decrease air pollution, which is caused by the incomplete combustion of fuel, but also reduces energy consumption.

“During the course of these studies, we managed to design and develop a fuel filter (petrol filter) optimizer which is installed on vehicles and prevents the incomplete combustion of fuel by creating some actions and reactions in hydrocarbon fuels, including petrol, leading to complete combustion in the process,” said Komeyl Ghanbari, a researcher on the team.

He said the invention received the silver medal in Silicon Valley International Invention Festival held in late June 2019 because of being innovative.

“The Silicon Valley International Invention Festival (SVIIF) is held in the city of Santa Clara every year with the support of the International Federation of Inventors Associations (IFIA), the International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO),” he said.

“This exhibit is aimed at disseminating information to the public about new inventions from around the world and creating a unique opportunity to offer new scientific achievements at the heart of global innovations at Silicon Valley,” he added.

He said the this is the first time that the technology used in the Iranian-made filters has been introduced in the world.

In the past, the researcher added, some magnets were added to the fuel filter that were not so efficient in creating complete combustion of hydrocarbon fuels.

“But in this project, we managed to create a field which, without using magnets, is able to prevent the incomplete combustion of fuel in vehicles,” he added.

About 30 countries with 140 inventions attended the event, but the Iranian team was not granted a visa to present its invention.

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