07/25/07 – Lindbergh-Lycoming Grant Award to Thomas Ehresman

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Lindbergh-Lycoming Grant Award to Thomas Ehresman

Project to Focus on Eliminating Leaded Aviation Fuel with a New Direct Injection Igniter Fuel Nozzle

07/25/07
The Lindbergh Foundation announces that Tom Ehresman, an inventor from Loveland, Colorado, has been awarded a 2007 Lindbergh-Lycoming Grant for his project entitled, “Creating a Direct Injection Igniter Fuel Nozzle to Eliminate the Use of Leaded Fuels in Existing High Power Density Aircraft Piston Engines.” This is the second Lindbergh-Lycoming grant to be awarded in the newly established partnership between Lycoming Engines and the Lindbergh Foundation to specifically fund a project focusing on aviation/aerospace.

Aviation gasoline is the only fuel in the world that still contains lead. Soon, 100-octane low lead aircraft fuel (100LL) will be discontinued because of the tetra-ethyl-lead (TEL), which is added at the refinery, and is highly toxic. Current high performance aircraft piston engines require this 100LL to operate without failure at the higher power settings. The move to unleaded fuels is fast approaching and no viable alternative fuels have been found that these higher power piston engines can use without incurring damage or greatly decreasing operational limitations. Mr. Ehresman plans to continue developing a direct injection fuel nozzle system that would allow numerous types of fuels to be used in current high-performance aircraft piston engines, including jet fuel, diesel, kerosene and other liquid fuels. Elimination of TEL will not only improve the air quality as lead is removed from fuel emissions, but would also allow refineries to consolidate refining operations and reduce fuel infrastructures, further reducing harmful emissions, risk of spills/pipeline lead and lower consumer fuel prices.

Mr. Ehresman received one of 14 Lindbergh grants awarded in 2007, the most grants issued by the Foundation since 1985. He was chosen from 150 applicants from around the world. Lindbergh Grants are made in amounts up to $10,580, a symbolic amount representing the cost of building Charles Lindbergh’s plane, the Spirit of St. Louis, in 1927. To date, more than $2.7 million has been awarded to 284 researchers.

About The Lindbergh Foundation

The Lindbergh Foundation is a public 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, based in Anoka, Minnesota, which supports great innovations that foster the environment for a planet in balance. The Lindbergh Foundation also values individual initiative and accomplishments. Its programs are devoted to supporting, honoring, and educating individuals, through three major programs: the annual Lindbergh Award, presented to individuals for significant contributions toward balancing nature and scientific innovation in their work; the Lindbergh Grants program, which provides grants in amounts up to $10,580 (the cost of building the Spirit of St. Louis in 1927) for research or education projects that will make important contributions to the technology/environment balance; and a variety of educational events and publications centered on the balance theme.