How his passion turned into a valuable invention is the story of one Junior De Jesus.
De Jesus is a 46-year-old inventor who had come from a family of limited means. His situation, however, never deterred him from pursuing his interest in electrical devices, so that even if he could not afford to go to college, he insisted on completing vocational course as an electrical and electronics technician.
By the early 2000s, he embarked on inventing a hodgepodge of products, which to his surprise were being bought by neighbors for their usefulness in the home. A few years later, he started working for a private company in Valenzuela City, where he met his future patent partner Rolly Atienza who encouraged him to develop his most successful invention to date.
This is the Highmax Turbo Power Simulator (HTPS), a small and ingenious device that when installed in a vehicle boosts its fuel consumption.
The invention of HTPS
De Jesus explained that normally, a vehicle burns only up to 70 percent of the injected fuel, thus, leaving the 30 percent unused, wasting fuel that results in smoke emission. But the HTPS, when installed in a vehicle, helps the engine burn almost 100 percent of the fuel. This gives off more power, enabling the vehicle to run faster without having to add more fuel.
In effect, HTPS helps your vehicle run efficiently by maximizing consumption of fuel and it helps make for a cleaner environment by its near-zero smoke emission.
The HTPS device is an invention that has gone through almost a decade of product development.
De Jesus started with an electrical ballast that he ran on several tests and adjustments until he reached his desired performance. When went abroad for a while, he had more time to tinker with his invention. He eventually returned to the country and focused on developing his product.
The inventor’s patent partner gave him P8,000 to develop his product but it was not suffice. De Jesus shelled out about P100,000 of his own money in conducting further tests. Finally, in 2010, HTPS was granted a patent.
Challenges and government support
De Jesus considers the financial capital as among the primary challenge since his production materials and manpower is dictated by his available funds. He had been marketing HTPS on a small scale, 15 to 20 units per month.
This was until he joined inventors’ organizations where, as member of the Filipino Inventors Society, he got wind of an exhibit at the Technological Institute of the Philippines, Cubao organized by the Department of Science and Technology-National Capital Region (DOST-NCR). As fate would have it, when he visited the DOST-NCR office, he came across the Technology Application and Promotion Institute (TAPI), a DOST agency which assists the Filipino inventors.
De Jesus presented his HTPS invention to TAPI, showed them what it could do, and highlighted the benefits that can be derived from adopting his technology. He was given a checklist of requirements, which he complied with immediately. Luckily, in two about two months, his request for assistance and the corresponding fund was approved and available.
“I used to hear that dealing with government takes a lot of time and it can be difficult. But based on my experience, it didn’t take me very long. I’ve learned that as long as your requirements are complete, processing of your needed assistance is faster,” De Jesus recounted his experience with TAPI.
Improvement and future plans
De Jesus’ problem with capital has been addressed by the government support he obtained early this year. Before the assistance, the HTPS came in a small plastic box and the PCB board prints inside was done by hand. But with the government financial assistance, De Jesus was able to improve his technology. Highmax now comes in a more compact package made of zinc, with better quality electrical parts that spells durability. He also acquired computers and printer so he can make adjustments in design and packaging.
With his product development made possible by government support, De Jesus is more confident that he is now ready to produce the HTPS for a larger market.
In the past, only two people worked in the production of HTPS units, but now there are five. The inventor is currently in the process of negotiation with both the public and private sectors for mass marketing of his product. He hopes to employ people from his community in Valenzuela and move to a bigger place when his production goes full scale.
Ultimately, De Jesus hopes that more people will learn the value of his invention in terms of cutting down pollution and in engine efficiency.
“I want Highmax to be my small contribution for the environment,” De Jesus shared.
De Jesus is among the beneficiaries of the Invention-based Enterprise Development (IBED), a program of the DOST-TAPI which supports inventors’ invention develop into a business enterprise by making it available to the consumers. IBED provides funds for the pilot production and purchase of equipment needed to manufacture new inventions.