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Deakin University’s Frank Will has received a Popular Science Invention Award for 2012.
The Popular Science Invention Awards, now in their sixth year, are an innovation of the American PopSci Magazine.
The 10 winners are picked amongst hundreds of inventions by PopSci’s editors and represent the spirit of home grown ingenuity that can help solve real-world problems in a practical and innovative way.
Will was given the award for his OVER7™ Waste Heat Recovery invention that improves the economy and efficiency of a motor vehicle engine.
The invention uses waste heat to reduce car engine friction by warming the engine oil to its optimal operating temperature.
The prototype has demonstrated fuel consumption savings of more than seven per cent.
Car engines typically waste about 80 per cent of the fuel consumed, with only 20 per cent of the fuel’s energy used to drive the car forward and the rest is lost as heat.
“As well as improving fuel economy by more than seven per cent it reduces tail pipe emissions by up to 30 per cent, engine wear by 96 per cent and it pays back the investment to install it in less than one month,” Will said.
“ I’m very grateful and happy to be selected as one of the 10 award winners from an international science magazine that was founded in 1872 and is now translated into over 30 languages.
“It demonstrates that Deakin’s focus on sustainability is recognised and honoured internationally and I’m sure that this inspires our students to challenge boundaries and to come up with further inventions.”
Will received another honour recently - being made a Fellow of Society of Automotive Engineers Australasia.
Last year the Society gave Will a Gold Award for the OVER7™ invention.