I was talking with a friend over the weekend and he brought up the McMaster Rotary Engine. I remember this back ten years ago, but when I look now it seems there is no info. Web site is down. Anyone remember this inventors invention?
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It seems a couple McMaster engines or inventions existed or one evolved into the other.
TT post :
- Weigh only one-tenth as much as a current six-cylinder engine
- Have only two moving parts other than a ball valve; eight parts total
- function under water or deep in space
Unlike the Wankel rotary, which has a heavy rotor, the MRE rotor is light wobble plate, promising greater efficiency. In addition to the two-cycle basketball model, work is continuing on a two-cycle engine about the size of a coffee-can that could be built into wheel hubs, and a four-cycle gasoline version, as well as an engine based on a two-part fuel system utilizing gaseous hydrogen and oxygen.
March 2005 historymike comment that asked about the status of the Ron McMaster invention:
However, I have not heard much on it since then. Also, City Paper had a story last summer on alternative fuels, but the deal to install the HyOxy on delivery vans of Ken's Flowers fell through.
Anyone else heare more about HyOxy?
Or is this just, as a friend of mine at UT suggested, a bunch of smoke and mirrors to entice investors?
From the above October 2003 Toledo Blade story (old Blade links redirect to the article in their new CMS) :
The device is the HyOxy Gas Generator - equipment that can turn any car or truck into a hydrogen fuel-assisted vehicle, its developers say.
In fact, 20 trucks soon will road-test the engine add-on, including one from Toledo-area Ken's Flowers. HyOxy's developer, McMaster Energy Enterprises, expects to market the equipment early next year.
Mr. Taft visited the Dorr Street plant yesterday afternoon.
The steps to market appear a lot fewer for the HyOxy generator. First, it has to lose its cabin cruiser-appropriate housing and move into a trim plastic box.
Then it needs road testing.
“We need to know what 50,000 miles of jiggle does to it,'' Dr. Johnston said.
Ron McMaster, the principal innovator for McMaster Energy's HyOxy generator, said their first target was the large diesel engine market. Diesel engines face strict new emission standards in 2007. This could meet and exceed those standards.
The system includes an extra alternator to create the energy to split water into hydrogen and oxygen. How the hydrogen-oxygen mix creates such fuel economies, Dr. McMaster said he is not really sure.
"A lot of research themes could be attached to this: We don't know why it does why it does. But that doesn't really matter to us. Just so it works."
Do a search for "HyOxy Gas Generator," and search engines want to change the term and return results for "Hydroxy Gas Generator." But forcing search results on McMaster's invention returns little info.
One search result points to a July 2005 historymike blog posting
Could try searching on McMaster Energy Enterprises.
September 2006 UT News story
If this is the guy I am thinking of - he has or had his hands in like 5 different solar businesses. It looks like the motor concept just disappeared. I don't think the other HyOxy was even close to the same thing. Wonder if they ever equipped those vehicles with the HyOxy? They got $3 mill to do it.
Yeah, McMaster started First Solar. (was renamed that after he was bought out, I don't remember what it was called when it was his). Definitely a guy who will be remembered on the long list of Toledo pioneers.
Sorry - I meant Norm Johnston. I know of Mr. McMaster.
Not to highjack the thread but whatever happened to that guy from Ohio who modified a mustang to get some outrageous amount of gas mileage?
Would that be the 110mpg, 400HP Mustang?
Looked at that site and went to read the comments, but its red letters on black background, not easy to read, so I didn't.
110 miles per gallon with 400 horsepower and 500 foot-pounds of torque is hard to believe, but from what I've read it looks like this might be legit.
If the company had unlimited funding, I wonder what it would cost to mass produce the engine and what the maintenance costs look like. If those costs are too high, that would scuttle the project. Now, if the engine is economically feasible, why wouldn't it be produced?
Well its an electric motor driving the car, engine seems to be for charging the batteries.