Like Walter Reed’s historic breakthroughs in medicine, Maryland’s Naval Air Warfare Center has been known to make significant breakthroughs in many fields. And like Walter Reed, the Naval Air Warfare Center has also made news headlines this week.
The Naval Air Warfare Center’s Aircraft division at Patuxent River announced on Friday that a chemist in the material laboratory has developed a new product.
The new product is called NAVSOLVE.
This new solvent is not petroleum based, which makes it more environmentally friendly. Reportedly, the new product has lower emissions and a higher flash point than products typically used for cleaning military machinery. This product will also be used on aircraft components.
NAVSOLVE is a degreaser. Keeping machinery lubricated requires a good degreaser product. These chemicals are a highly valued type of product required to keep pumps and engines in various types of military machines, including all aircraft from jets to helicopters in good working order. According to helicopter technicians at the Air National Guard unit in Middle River, degreaser is also used on a number of components in other military systems down to the smallest valve. This new product will benefit the technicians in the field, while protecting the environments where they work including places like the Middle East as well as on ships at sea.
The Navy has also announced that it is seeking to commercialize the product through patent licensing.
According to the United States Patent and Trademark Office website, “The owner of a patent may grant licenses to others. Since the patentee has the right to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale or selling or importing the invention, no one else may do any of these things without his/her permission. A patent licensing agreement is in essence nothing more than a promise by the licensor not to sue the licensee. No particular form of license is required; a license is a written contract and may include whatever provisions the parties agree upon, including the payment of royalties, etc.”
The Patuxent Air Station promotes “we develop, deliver, and sustain aircraft, weapons, and systems – on time, on cost, with proven capability and reliability – so they succeed in every mission and return safely home.”
It is felt that this new product will not only fulfill the mission and vision of Maryland’s Naval Air Warfare Center, it will do so in a more efficient and environmentally safe manor.
As work continues in the development area on this new degreaser at this military installation, it will continue to create jobs for residents the Baltimore/Washington corridor. This breakthrough is also being used as another confirmation for the need and expansion of the Baltimore County area schools STEM program that promotes education in science, technology, education and mathematics.