Title:
Turbo Watt
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
Turbo Watt is comprised of a housing produced of metal. A turbine and generator are located within the housing. Often, a water injector is also located on the housing. To use Turbo Watt, a car operator would start the engine and drive the vehicle in an ordinary manner. Exhaust from the vehicle will be directed into the housing as will steam through the water injector. The steam and exhaust within the housing will rotate the turbine. As the turbine rotates, the generator produces electricity that can be harnessed for use with the electrical components of a vehicle.



Inventors:
Ermey, Clair R. (Naches, WA, US)
Application Number:
11/333188
Publication Date:
07/19/2007
Filing Date:
01/17/2006
Primary Class:
International Classes:
F01N5/04
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Primary Examiner:
TRIEU, THAI BA
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Raymond M. Galasso (Austin, TX, US)
Claims:
What is claimed is:

1. A power harnessing device comprising: (a) a housing connected on one end to an exhaust manifold of a vehicle and on the other end to a muffler of the vehicle; and (b) at least one turbine connected to a generator within the housing.

2. The power harnessing device of claim 1 wherein the housing is metal.

3. The power harnessing device of claim 1 wherein the metal is corrosion-resistant.

4. The power harnessing device of claim 1 wherein the housing is approximately rectangular.

5. The power harnessing device of claim 1 further comprising a water injector opening located on the housing.

6. The power harnessing device of claim 5 wherein the water injector opening connects to a hose connected to a water reservoir.

7. The power harnessing device of claim 1 wherein the generator has at least one wire protruding therefrom.

8. A power harnessing device comprising: (a) a metal, corrosion-resistant housing connected on one end to an exhaust manifold of a vehicle and on the other end to a muffler of the vehicle; (b) at least one turbine connected to a generator within the metal, corrosion-resistant housing; and (c) a water injector opening to the corrosion-resistant housing with a hose connected thereto which connects with a water reservoir located in close proximity to the corrosion-resistant housing.

Description:

CROSS REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS

This Non-Provisional Patent Application does not claim priority to any U.S. provisional application or foreign application.

FIELD OF THE DISCLOSURE

The disclosures made herein relate generally to an exhaust-powered generator. The invention discussed herein is in the general classification of automotive devices.

BACKGROUND

Most vehicles are equipped with a wide variety of features for the comfort and entertainment of passengers. For example, vehicles usually have an air conditioning system, a heating system, a dashboard-mounted clock, an interior light, an AM/FM radio, automatic seat belts, a CD player, an audio tape player, and a video cassette player. Vehicles also have front headlights and rear taillights that utilize electrical power.

The use of electrical products inside a vehicle requires power from the car's battery. This can drain a considerable amount of a battery's power and cause the battery to wear out more quickly than without these electrical devices. To date, no adequate product exists to assist the car's battery in powering the various electrical devices used in a vehicle.

Hence, there is a need in the art for an alternative source of power that allows a vehicle owner to operate various electrical devices without utilizing the car's battery.

SUMMARY OF THE DISCLOSURE

Turbo Watt consists of a large, roughly rectangular housing made of metal. Within the housing, a turbine and a generator are located. A water injector is also often located on the housing. To use Turbo Watt, a car operator would start the engine and drive the vehicle in an ordinary manner. Exhaust from the vehicle will be directed into the housing as will steam through the water injector. The steam and exhaust will rotate the turbine within the housing. The turbine will operate the generator to produce electricity that can be harnessed for use with the electrical components of the vehicle.

The principal object of this invention is to provide an alternative power source to a vehicle's battery.

Another object of this invention is to provide an alternative power source that can be powered through a vehicle's exhaust system.

Yet another object of this invention is to provide an affordable and durable alternative power source for a vehicle.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 depicts a perspective view of the preferred embodiment of the invention.

FIG. 2 depicts a side view of the preferred embodiment of the invention.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

Turbo Watt is comprised of at least some of the following: a large roughly rectangular housing produced of metal, a turbine, a water injector, and a generator.

In the preferred embodiment of the invention, shown in FIG. 1, a metal, roughly rectangular housing 1 contains a turbine 2 and a generator 3. The housing 1 is made of high-quality, corrosion-resistant metal. The housing 1 has an exhaust manifold end 4 and a muffler end 5. The housing also has a water injector 6 that connects to a tube 7 to filter steam into the housing 1. The generator 3 connects to wiring 8 coming from the housing 1. A water reservoir (not pictured) will be located in close proximity to the housing 1, allowing the water within the water reservoir to heat due to its location next to the hot metal housing 1. The water reservoir creates steam that will travel through the tube 7 and into the housing 1 through the water injector 6.

The turbine 2 spins when its blades (not pictured) are contacted by the steam and hot exhaust within the housing. The turbine 2 has a shaft (not pictured) that rotates with the blades. The shaft is connected to the generator 3 that contains magnets (not pictured) and wires (not pictured). As the magnet inside the generator turns, an electric current is produced in the wires, converting mechanical moving energy into electrical energy. The generator 3 connects to wiring 8 protruding from the housing that can then interact with the various electrical devices in the car. The exhaust running through the housing 1 can also turn the turbine 2 without the benefit of the steam coming from the water reservoir. However, in the preferred embodiment, the steam and exhaust act in unison to turn the turbine 2 and create more power.

In FIG. 2, a side view of the preferred embodiment of the invention shows the housing 1, generator 3, exhaust manifold end 4, muffler end 5, water injector 6 and accompanying tube 7, and wiring 8.

To use Turbo Watt, a car operator starts the engine and drives the vehicle in an ordinary manner. Exhaust from the vehicle will be directed into the housing as will steam through the water injector. The steam and exhaust will rotate the turbine within the housing. This will serve to operate the generator to produce electricity that can be harnessed for use with the electrical components of the vehicle.

The components of Turbo Watt may vary widely but will likely utilize metal components. The metals would ideally be selected from available steel or alloys of steel and aluminum. The production process related to the use of these metals insures that the metal is non-corrosive, durable and strong. The selected metal should have high impact strength and be capable of accepting and retaining coloring materials for an extended length of time.

It should be obvious that the housing can be made to various sizes. It should also be obvious that the housing can be made of different types of metals and can be of any color. It should further be obvious that although the present invention is ordinarily used within cars and trucks, it could be used with a large number of motorized vehicles or devices. Such vehicles or devices include ships, trains, farm equipment, and construction equipment.

It will be recognized by those skilled in the art that changes or modifications may be made to the above-described embodiments without departing from the broad inventive concepts of the invention. It should therefore be understood that this invention is not limited to the particular embodiments described herein, but is intended to include all changes and modifications that are within the scope and spirit of the invention as set forth in the claims.