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March 7, 2007 | Ronald D. White, Times Staff Writer
Once they were five friends looking for a way up in the aerospace rat race. They evolved into colleagues with a patented solution in search of a problem. Now comes the scary part: They are business partners in a field crowded with competitors selling a flywheel technology as old as the potter's wheel. The five started a tiny Cerritos company called Vycon Inc., which is marketing a device that could help reduce diesel emissions and fuel consumption at seaports around the world.
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November 13, 2008 | Ronald D. White, White is a Times staff writer.
For all of its 21st-century advancements, the shipping industry drags a lot of old technology around. Giant vessels are so sophisticated these days that they require only a handful of crew members. But the ships still burn a thick, dirty sludge called bunker fuel while at sea and slurp diesel to keep the lights and air conditioning running while in port. Inefficient yard tractors and cranes guzzle fuel and spew exhaust as they stack containers.
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