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Time magazine honors alums as environmental heroes

October 16, 2009

Time magazine recently honored Envirofit International founders, Tim Bauer and Nathan Lorenz, Colorado State University College of Engineering alumni, as "Heroes of the Environment" for their role in developing what Time calls "stoves that save lives."

Alums honored by Time magazine

Tim Bauer, Envirofit vice president of Operations and Nathan Lorenz, Envirofit vice president of Engineering, both College of Engineering alums, shown at the CSU Engines and Energy Conversion Laboratory earlier this year.

Bauer and Lorenz were graduate students at the Engines and Energy Conversion Laboratory when they and their professor, Bryan Willson, gained national attention for developing a fuel injected two-stroke snowmobile engine that earned first place in the emissions-reduction portion of the competition.

The project demonstrated that a two-stroke can be modified to reduce pollution and fuel consumption while maintaining power.

Clean-burning cookstoves save lives

They adapted that technology for two-stroke engines on dirty taxis in the Philippines and, with CSU business professor Paul Hudnut, founded Envirofit International in 2003.

Envirofit has since expanded its product line, developing efficient, clean-burning cookstoves sold in India with plans to expand into other emerging markets in Africa and Central and South America.

Bauer serves as vice president of Operations and Lorenz vice president of Engineering for Envirofit International.

Example of innovative thinking

“Congratulations to Nathan and Tim on this honor,” said CSU President Tony Frank. “We are extremely proud to count these two among our alumni. Their work is a great example of how innovative thinking can be transformed into a global impact when coupled with the knowledge and promise that make the Engines and Energy Conversion Laboratory such a unique and special research environment.”

EECL continues to serve as subcontractor to Envirofit

The Engines and Energy Conversion Laboratory continues to serve as a subcontractor to Envirofit, which obtained a multi-million commitment from the Shell Foundation to design, build and disseminate cookstoves to the developing world markets.

Chris West, director of the Shell Foundation, praised Bauer and Lorenz in the foundation’s latest newsletter for the Time honor.

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