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|FIRST ON WGIL: Grant Winner Creates 'Green' Transmission System
|FIRST REPORTED 12:00pm 10/21/09 A Knox County resident with ties to Galesburg is receiving a city award that, he hopes will eventually help the effort to make automobiles more green.
George Reynolds was honored Wednesday as one of four winners of the city's first Business Innovation Grants, after money was allocated for the program earlier this year. Reynolds is doing patent work and testing on a transmission system that he says improves engine efficiency, gives out less greenhouse gas, and improves fuel mileage.
Reynolds tells WGIL if he's successful in getting his transmission patented, energy efficiency isn't its only benefit.
"It'll be cheaper to manufacture and purchase and operate," Reynolds said. "It will be able to be operated by a car with the same kind of control that it has now. In a semi truck, it would eliminate the shifting of the gears and eliminate the operation of the clutch, so it would drive just like a car."
Reynolds says his transmission system could also run in a tractor, and act much like a hydrostatic transmission. Reynolds has been working on what he calls a "Infinitely Variable Differential Feedback Transmission" system for about a year, and hopes to have most of the testing and development within the next six months.
He says, however, work to get the transmission patented will be the biggest hurdle to cross. Reynolds says the grant he received will mostly pay for work being done by his patent attorney.
(George Reynolds, center in green jacket, along with his son Paul, to the left, are honored by the City of Galesburg Wednesday for receiving a Business Innovation Grant.)
(A look at the "green" transmission system Reynolds is developing. WGIL News Story and Photos by Will Stevenson.)
|10 21 09 by Newsroom
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