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Borla Performance Industries, Inc.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Borla Performance Industries is a 35-year technology leader, manufacturer and marketer of exhaust for the automotive industry, delivering innovative, patented exhaust systems that enhance the performance of internal combustion engines.

Borla has an option to license a novel, nano-pore membrane technology from OakRidge National Laboratory. Combining this innovation with Borla’s diesel exhaust technology will lead to a low cost, unique exhaust system that will double as a neutral energy device to recover and reclaim potable water from diesel and other internal combustion exhaust.

Using capillary condensation — which contrasts to thermodynamic condensation that cools the air to produce water – Oak Ridge engineers have developed a material of tiny capillaries in porous, tubular inorganic membranes whereby water condenses by capillary action in the pores.

This water is constantly drawn off from the outside of the tube, allowing more water to be condensed from the exhaust passing through the center of the tube at a given temperature.

In addition, capturing water vapor via this continual displacement method leads to an approximate 100-fold reduction in contaminants. As a result, the contact time between water-soluble gases such as nitrogen dioxide and the condensed water is eliminated.

Borla’s approach is unique in that we perform the water conversion process through the exhaust system. This concept creates potable water sources where no water is available, which is a common danger in many parts of the world.

Borla’s muffler/membrane reclamation unit installed on troop vehicles as part of the exhaust system will generate water at the point of use. It will supply a steady stream of water to slake thirst, prepare meals and maintain healthy hygiene — up to nearly 7 gallons a day per person — reducing vulnerability to military personnel while maximizing the tactical use of field troops.

This revolutionary technology is powered by the fuel that the military already burns to run its tanks, Humvees, generators and other field operation machines. For example, a Humvee, which has about a 25-gallon fuel tank, could provide enough water for roughly three soldiers per tank of fuel burned.

Besides reclaiming drinkable water from fuel to hydrate combat troops, the military could also benefit from Borla’s device for any power plant platform. Borla will use its advanced marketing capabilities to commercialize the device to a wide scope of potential military and commercial target markets including transport and stationary power plants such as generators, water pumps as well as marine, cars and trucks.

Borla’s greatest asset is our ability to produce as well as commercialize this device. Borla’s advanced marketing capabilities complete the triangle of technology, manufacturing, and marketing. This is a true partnership of an environmentally forward thinking, commercially viable product.

This free water reclamation system is neutral energy and designed to simplify water management operations. It permits a greater quantity of water to be removed at a given temperature compared to traditional direct condensation methods. It also limits water – gas contact time, reducing dissolution of gas-phase contaminates present in diesel exhaust and further enhancing this method's use in obtaining high-purity water fit for human consumption.

Borla is committed to deliver this revolutionary device at a commercially available low price. Together, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Borla are committed to solving one of today’s greatest challenges to the health and survival of our Armed Forces, and to the earth itself. 

 

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