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2019 PSU Cleantech Challenge: Team Turner Automotive
2019 PSU Cleantech Challenge: Team Turner Automotive

Eliminating the Carbon Footprint of Your Commute


“Your 1996 Honda Accord can become a zero-emission vehicle with our kit.”


Team members: Blake Turner, mechanical engineering; Sean Krivonogoff, business


1. Where did you get the inspiration for your Cleantech Challenge invention idea?

I came up with the idea as an Earth Day chemistry project in 2018. The idea to burn hydrogen as a fuel came to me when I was thinking about what I was going to do for this project, and the teacher gave a common demo of burning a hydrogen balloon. I realized that combustion engines are powered by burning fuels, and wondered if Hydrogen would work. After researching the topic, I realized that it wasn't just possible, it was practical.

2. As you prepare to pitch your idea and show off your prototype at TechFest NW in April, what are you most excited about?

I am excited to demonstrate our prototype. We have successfully converted a car to run on hydrogen, which will be displayed at TechFestNW. As we refine our design and make the conversion more practical, the vision of affordable clean transportation is nearly in sight.

3. Who are your Cleantech Heroes? Who do you look to for inspiration?

I am inspired by the early 1900's industrialists like Henry Ford. People who brought technology to the masses. Henry Ford didn't invent the automobile, but he made it affordable. That is the idea that drives our project, bringing clean energy to everyone by making it accessible to everyone.

4. Tell us about your team: How did you meet each other and how do you work together?

Sean and I met through a mutual friend. I was seeking a business student to help with that side of the project. When I met Sean, his enthusiasm made him a perfect fit for the Cleantech Challenge.

5. What’s the one thing you want the Cleantech Challenge judges to understand about your innovation (that will ensure your team will win the competition)?

Our conversion kit can be installed on any internal-combustion vehicle. Your 1996 Honda Accord can become a zero-emission vehicle with our kit. You can see a video of our prototype on YouTube