The development of IntelliJet Marine, Inc. began when I was considering the purchase of a manufacturer of aluminum jet river boats.
As a result of my prior experience in the design and manufacture of small commercial hydroelectric systems, I observed several causes of hydraulic inefficiency in marine jet propulsion systems.
Any such inefficiency is rigorously attacked in the hydroelectric business — it translates into power not generated and revenue lost. In jet boats it translated into the need for a flatter hull, a rougher ride, a bigger motor, a bigger fuel tank, and a lot more fuel!
In jet boats (inefficiency) translated into the need for a flatter hull, a rougher ride, a bigger motor, a bigger fuel tank, and a lot more fuel!
The application of hydroelectric-turbine-design principles to jet boats resulted in three broad patents covering the inlet, pump and nozzle control conditions that must be maintained for efficient marine jet propulsion.
My fourth patent in the field of marine jet propulsion goes to the use of an electronicially controlled variable pitch propeller pump in combination with a controlled inlet and nozzle to maintain efficient propulsion over a wide range of boat speeds.
I presented this technology at the Advanced Naval Propulsion Symposium 2008 in Arlington VA, concluding that IntelliJet technology will be much more fuel efficient than propellers or conventional marine jets in a wide range of boat and fast-ship designs.
The military and commercial boat markets are increasingly dominated by jets for shallow draft and high-speed capability over propellers. The market timing for Intellijet has recently improved in these segments, as a result of increasing emphasis on reducing fuel consumption /emissions while increasing range. Intellijet also offers higher acceleration and load carrying, while preserving traditional marine jets’ advantages over propellers.
I have a distributed BA from the University of Colorado in physics, math and philosophy, served as an officer in the US Navy and have an MBA from the University of California. Please visit my LinkedIn page for further details.
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