Have you ever been to the petrol station and had petrol leak on your clothes while you’re filling up? Well fear not as Dram International has solved the problem. They have created a ‘Fuel nozzle drip container’ which they say can save the world up to ‘half a billion litres of fuel’.
You may think it just looks like a bit of mesh put on the end of a nozzle but the mesh contains a combination of different pressures and surface tensions to keep the liquid in the pipe.
A spokesman said: ‘Anyone who has pumped fuel before has noticed the drops that fall to the ground after you’ve removed the nozzle from the vehicle.
‘We’ve designed a method of retaining these drops, which initiates a recycling process whereby the next customer in line receives the fuel that would have been otherwise wasted. These drops may not seem like a significant amount, however when taken into account globally, these drops amount to approximately half a billion litres of fuel that falls to the ground and is evaporated into our atmosphere every year.’
They added: ‘Without our attachment evaporation is dependent on how much fuel is dropped to the ground as well as the evaporation of the residual fuel left in the spout after pumping. With our attachment, we’ve eliminated the drippage variable thus making evaporation purely dependent on the fuel in the nozzle. When contained within a nozzle fuel evaporates at a much slower rate than if it was exposed to the open air.
‘Nozzles are most often kept on a holster in a shaded environment and shielded from wind thus minimizing the evaporation effect of direct sunlight and air diffusivity and therefore slowing down evaporation. After taking evaporation into account we are saving roughly 89 per cent of the fuel that would have dropped out of a nozzle without our attachment.’
Before they start putting this into action they are looking for investment to launch the product and take it global.
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