The company was founded in 1996 to further the development of the Cavitation-Ignition Bubble Combustion engine, a concept originally developed in the 1970's. In the late 1990's, tests were conducted on the CIBC engine by NASA in Stennis, MS and at the NASA-Glenn Center near Cleveland, OH. The engine attracted the attention of Sonny Callahan, a 9-term congressman from Alabama, who became convinced that the CIBC technology held the potential for an engine with much better fuel efficiency than current technology and with minimal emissions. As Chairman of the Energy and Water Sub-Committee, he arranged for an exploratory project directed by the Department of Energy and subcontracted to NASA and the Oak Ridge National Lab.
The two scientists assigned to the project, one at Oak Ridge and the other at NASA, recognized the potential and recommended additional evaluation. DOE, however, presumably conflicted by other priorities, especially fuel cells, decided not to do further research – despite the recommendations of the scientists directly involved.
In 2010 and 2011 the Company built a new prototype in Alabama. From the prototype performance, a series of recommendations have been made for changes that would better enable self-sustainability. Specifically, what remains to be done is the controlling and harnessing of the energy to enable the technology to be commercialized.
The most recent test of the prototype was conducted early in 2013.
Currently, the company is looking to test further the concept for waste heat recovery to improve dramatically the fuel efficiency of diesel engines.