Research Project Information

Research Project Summary Information

Fuel Economy Additive(15770)

Taconic Energy, Inc.


The first phases of this project were performed under NYSERDA Contract 9949, wherein Taconic Energy, Inc. pursued development of a fuel additive that would enable ethanol fuel blends such as E85 (85% ethanol by volume and 15% gasoline) to achieve higher miles-per-gallon (mpg). The additive is designed to not participate significantly in the combustion process but rather to adhere to the walls of the cylinder and other engine parts to reduce friction and thereby improve engine efficiency. The work under Contract 9949 made great strides toward optimizing an additive that can be made from renewable feedstock and is effective with both E85 and standard gasoline. Further work is needed to optimize and verify effectiveness, and to optimize the production process. Greenfield Manufacturing (Saratoga Springs, NY) is a specialty chemicals manufacturer that is teaming with Taconic and plans to manufacture the additive.

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Project Description

The goal has been to develop the additive to the point of initial sales in the fleet market. Tasks have included: expand the ongoing on-road test program to verify performance with a broader range of vehicles; design, set up and execute an on-road test program with fleet operators; perform statistical analysis of test data and develop conclusions; and, improve the production process. In addition, Taconic has worked with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Emissions Technology Verification program to develop a test protocol and support independent third-party testing and analysis, with the goal of obtaining official EPA verification of product claims.


The additive potentially can save more than 100 million gallons/year in New York State, and over three billion gallons/year nationally, with significant associated emissions reductions. New York economic benefits would include an estimated 750 jobs created to produce and distribute the product.

Project Results

Testing has shown a 2-5% fuel economy gain with the additive, and commercialization is being pursued under NYSERDA Contract 15723.


Taconic Energy, Inc.
41 Denise Court Attn: Jim Ketcham
Salt Point, NY 12578

Principle Investigator

Ben Kaufman

Universities Involved


Project Type:

Product Development

Technologies Types:


NYSERDA Contact Information

Joseph Wagner


R&D -Transport & Power Systems

Contract Details

Start Date: 9/2/2009 1
Project Status: Active
Contract Number: 15770

Last Updated: 3/5/2012 1