Empa and partners exploring DME as fuel with new heavy-duty test engine

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Empa, together with FPT Motorenforschung AG Arbon, Politechnico di Milano, lubricant manufacturer Motorex and other partners, is exporing the use of DME as a fuel for heavy-duty engines. The diesel engine on the Empa test facility was tuned to DME. We already know this engine very well.

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SwRI engineers develop near-zero emissions diesel engine technology; 90% reduction of NOx

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Southwest Research Institute engineers have developed the next generation of clean diesel engine technology to reduce hazardous nitrogen oxides (NO x ) and carbon dioxide emissions while minimizing fuel consumption. Working with regulatory agencies, vehicle manufacturers and suppliers, SwRI combined engine modifications with integrated aftertreatment technology and control strategies to reach near-zero emissions levels (0.02 Diesel Emissions Engines Regulations

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MAN presents hydrogen roadmap; use in fuel cells and combustion engines

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MAN is testing both the use of a fuel cell and an H 2 combustion engine. The hydrogen combustion engine, on the other hand, offers a more readily available and robust solution thanks to the well-known basic technology and could thus serve as a bridging technology.

2020 147

Wärtsilä gas engines to burn 100% hydrogen

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The technology group Wärtsilä is developing the combustion process in its gas engines to enable them to burn 100% hydrogen fuel. Wärtsilä has researched hydrogen as a fuel for 20 years, and has tested its engines with blends of up to 60% hydrogen and 40% natural gas. This development is part of the company’s strategy to future-proof its engine technology in line with the global trend towards decarbonization of the energy and marine markets.

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Lotus Engineering launching new pilot containerized battery test facility

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Lotus Engineering is launching a pilot containerized battery testing facility to assess energy storage solutions for the booming EV sector. For clients, Lotus Engineering will offer an EV safety-compliant workshop facility with specialist staff experienced in testing batteries.

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Bosch and Weichai Power boost efficiency of Weichai truck diesel engines from 46% to 50%

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Bosch and Weichai Power have increased the efficiency of Weichai truck diesel engines from their current level of roughly 46% to 50%. Even though the diesel engine is nearly 130 years old, its development continues. China Diesel Engines Heavy-duty Market Background

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LiquidPiston receives SBIR grant to develop X-Engine as hybrid-electric platform for UAVs

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a developer of advanced rotary internal combustion engines for diesel and jet fuels ( earlier post ), received a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I grant from the US Army for the development of its X-Engine as a hybrid-electric propulsion platform for UAVs.

2020 111

Reaction Engines and Rolls-Royce partner on high-speed aircraft systems; hybrid-electric systems

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Reaction Engines Ltd and Rolls-Royce plc announced a new strategic partnership agreement to develop high-speed aircraft propulsion systems and explore applications for Reaction Engines’ thermal management technology within civil and defence aerospace gas turbine engines and hybrid-electric systems.

2020 103

BMW investing €400M in new vehicle assembly at Munich plant as part of shift to electromobility; engine production being concentrated at Steyr and Hams Hall

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The new assembly in Munich will be built on the site currently used for engine production. The combustion engines with four, six, eight and 12 cylinders produced there will be manufactured at the company’s locations in Steyr in Austria and Hams Hall in the UK going forward.

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Volkswagen Taos SUV to use new version of the turbocharged EA211 engine that powers Jetta

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Volkswagen announced that the Taos compact SUV, which slots into the lineup below the Tiguan, will feature a new version of the EA211 turbocharged four-cylinder engine that currently powers the Jetta sedan. For a turbocharged engine, it has a very high compression ratio of up to 11.5

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Landi Renzo USA secures CARB certification for heavy duty 7.3L CNG/RNG engine; F-450/550, F-650/750, F-53/59 and E-450

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engine, which covers Class 4-7 vehicles. engine targets airport and hotel shuttle buses, delivery trucks, service trucks, large package trucks as well as other vocational offerings. Biomethane / RNG Engines Natural Gas

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Mahle Jet Ignition ready to be integrated into existing production engines

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MAHLE Powertrain’s (MPT’s) latest development of its passive MAHLE Jet Ignition (MJI) technology ( earlier post ) can now be added into existing engine designs with only minimal changes to the final machining process. A whole system engineering approach is the way to get the best from MJI.

2020 85

Chevy Corvette engineers moved to EV team at GM

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General Motors is moving engineers from its Chevrolet Corvette development team to its electric-vehicle program, InsideEVs reported Thursday. Specifically, GM moved the engineers from its Global Products Programs group to the Autonomous and Electric Vehicles group, according to the report.

2020 97

BYD unveils Song PLUS mid-size SUV with new, more efficient 1.5L gasoline engine

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The new Song PLUS is the first to be powered by BYD’s new 1.5TI engine, with a maximum power of 136 kW and a maximum torque of 288 N·m. China Engines Fuel Efficiency Market BackgroundBYD has introduced the Song PLUS mid-size SUV at a launch event in Chengdu.

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MAN Engines showcasing D3876 diesel engine for EU Stage V locomotives without exhaust after-treatment systems

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At InnoTrans 2018, the International Trade Fair for Transport Technology, MAN Engines is exhibiting the D3876 LE63x for locomotives, which produces 471 kW (632 hp) at 1,800 rpm. As a result of not including an EATS, our engines can be used all around the world – whether at EU Stage V or in less strictly regulated markets. —Lorenz Panknin, Head of Rail Sales at MAN Engines. The modular EATS’ components from MAN Engines can be flexibly positioned.

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Engineers find new ways to improve efficiency of gas engines: Engineering Explained

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As fast as electric cars are improving and expanding, there are some things that gas engines do better—many experts agree that gasoline engines will be around for several decades. Developing electric cars and refining gas engines aren't mutually exclusive. Videos youtube How It Works Engineering Explained

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Audi introduces new lightweight, efficient, powerful turbo engine for DTM

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Audi is introducing a new highly efficient turbo engine for the 2019 DTM racing season (touring car racing series). Following about two and a half years of development and some 1,000 hours of dynamometer testing, the new Audi race engine is ready for its first racing deployment on 4 May at the Hockenheimring. The move from the naturally aspirated V8 to the turbo engine is not only important due to the additional output of some 100 horsepower.

2019 105

Hermeus wins Air Force investment after demonstrating Mach 5 engine; focused on Presidential and Executive Airlift fleet

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This award comes under an Other Transaction For Prototype Agreement Direct to Phase II contract through AFWERX after Hermeus successfully tested a Mach 5 engine prototype in February 2020. Mach 5 engine prototype. Aviation Engines Market Background

2020 106

ESA completes further design validation of Reaction Engine’s air-breathing SABRE rocket engine

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UK-based Reaction Engines has received further endorsement of its SABRE (Synergetic Air-Breathing Rocket Engine) design ( earlier post ) via its collaboration with ESA and the UK Space Agency (UKSA). The two agencies recently reviewed the preliminary design of the demonstrator engine core of the Synergetic Air-Breathing Rocket Engine (SABRE), which Reaction Engines will use to undertake ground-based testing at its under-construction test facility at Westcott, Buckinghamshire.

2019 78

Co-Optima team publishes details on its boosted SI engine research and figure of merit

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For the past four years, the US Department of Energy’s Co-Optima team ( earlier post ) has focused research efforts on turbocharged (or “boosted”) spark-ignition (SI) engines, which is the dominant combustion approach for light-duty vehicles such as passenger cars and light trucks. This research involves identifying the fuel properties and engine parameters that mitigate knock and emissions, while maximizing efficiency and performance. Co-Optima Engines Fuels

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DEUTZ presents all-electric 360V drive system for off-highway sector; hydrogen engine

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hybrid engine combines a highly compact three-cylinder diesel engine with a capacity of 1.2 The market-ready system underlines DEUTZ’s strategic focus on electrifying its product range and on developing and industrializing its engineering expertise, high-voltage batteries, and electric drive trains. One example is the hydrogen combustion engine offered by DEUTZ—a cost-efficient alternative to other zero-emission technologies such as fuel cells.

2020 98

AFRL, Masten Space Systems Inc., NASA, collaborate on successful testing of liquid methane rocket engine

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successfully tested a liquid methane rocket engine, the first of its kind tested at AFRL. The Masten 25k lbf thrust Broadsword rocket engine. The M10A Broadsword is a LOX/LCH 4 dual expander cycle engine, with an additively manufactured aluminum thrust chamber assembly. The use of a dual expander cycle, with both the oxygen and methane heated in the cooling jacket and fed into independent turbopumps, contributes to the lower cost and higher reusability of the engine.

2020 99

Jaguar Land Rover produces more than 1.5M Ingenium engines; adds new straight-six diesel MHEV to family; fuel cell concept coming

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million Ingenium engines at its Engine Manufacturing Center in Wolverhampton, UK. The advanced Ingenium family, which includes a range of diesel, gasoline and electrified engines, are built to maximise performance while at the same time reducing the environmental impact and running costs for customers. Developed and manufactured in-house in the UK, Jaguar and Land Rover’s all-aluminium Ingenium engine designs are modular, flexible and scalable, with common core technologies.

2020 105

CARB warns vehicle and engine manufacturers about hiding software or hardware changes that affect emissions

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The California Air Resources Board (CARB) sent a letter to automakers and other vehicle and engine manufacturers encouraging them to disclose by the end of the year any unapproved hardware or software programs that impact emissions control systems in vehicles sold in California. To date, some settlements with vehicle and engine manufacturers who did not voluntarily disclose violations have been in excess of $1 billion. Emissions Engines Regulations Vehicle Manufacturers

2020 69

Cummins Westport B6.7N natural gas engine receives near zero emissions certifications; full NG engine portfolio now certified near zero

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natural gas engine. Like the Cummins Westport ISX12N and L9N engines, the B6.7N g/bhp-hr, a 90% reduction from engines operating at the current EPA NO x limit of 0.2 natural gas engine is available with ratings from 200 to 240 hp and up to 560 lb-ft. Like Cummins Westport’s L9N and ISX12N engines, the B6.7N All of the institutional knowledge we developed with the 9-liter and 12-liter engines went into the B6.7N. Emissions Engines Natural Gas

2020 73

Researchers demonstrate continuous detonation in rotating detonation rocket engine with H2/O2

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A team from the University of Central Florida (UCF) and the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has demonstrated continuous detonation in a rotating detonation rocket engine (RDRE) ( earlier post ) powered by H 2 /O 2 propellants. The results show continuous five-wave co-rotating detonations at various equivalence ratios and flow rates demonstrating the potential for H 2 /O 2 propellant-based RDREs for upper-stage rocket engines. Aviation Engines

2020 95

MAN Engines releases first IMO Tier III engines for workboats; low-cost, SCR-only solution

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MAN Engines—a business unit of MAN Truck & Bus, itself a member of the Volkswagen Group—is now offering 12-cylinder, IMO Tier III emission standards engines for workboats, spanning a power range from 551 to 1,213 kW. The engines are immediately available. Customers in the North Sea and Baltic Sea ECAs needing to prepare for the mandatory limits, which will come into force on 1 January 2021, now have a series of options in the MAN Engines range.

2019 75

WinGD launches new low-speed, 2-stroke dual-fuel engines

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has introduced three new low-speed, two-stroke engines that are capable of operating on low emission fuels. Growing our portfolio of engines ensures that ship owners have the right options to feel confident in their investment. X40DF engine for smaller vessels. The new X40DF in its standard configuration is designed to run on LNG, offering the first two-stroke dual-fuel engine for smaller vessels. X82-D engine for larger vessels. X82DF dual-fuel engine.

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International automotive researchers emphasize the importance of continued development of the internal combustion engine

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Thirty-seven globally prominent scientists representing the International Journal of Engine Research have published an open-access editorial addressing the future of the Internal Combustion Engine, and stressing the importance for continued development of more efficient and even lower-emitting technologies. However, research to improve efficiency and methods to reduce dependence on fossil fuels are exciting directions for future IC engine research. Engine lubrication.

2019 103

MAN Energy to supply engines for Finnlines hybrid RoRos; 100% increase in efficiency

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Tier II-compliant main engines for three 238-meter hybrid RoRo vessels intended for operation in the Baltic Sea. —will build the engines in Korea, while Nanjing Jinling shipyard in China will construct the vessels. Engines Hybrids Ports and MarineMAN Energy Solutions has won the order to supply six MAN B&W 9S50ME-C9.6 The customer is Finnlines, the Finnish shipping company and part of the Grimaldi Group.

2020 94

UVA Engineering researching thermoelectric materials to improve efficiency of jet engines

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Researchers at the University of Virginia School of Engineering are seeking to improve the efficiency of jet engines by identifying and developing thermoelectric materials that can harness excess energy. studies in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at UVA, is leading the work. Hopkins is a mechanical engineer as a specialist in microscale heat transfer and high-temperature materials science. Aviation Engines Thermoelectrics

2019 75

EIA: natural gas-fired reciprocating engines are being deployed more to balance renewables

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Reciprocating internal combustion engines (piston engines), which are typically used for backup, standby, or emergency power, are now becoming increasingly popular for larger utility-scale power generation applications, especially in areas with high levels of electricity generation from intermittent sources such as wind and solar, according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). Several of these engines are typically installed at one generation facility.

2019 112

MIT, NASA engineers develop morphing wing

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A team of engineers has built and tested a radically new kind of airplane wing, assembled from hundreds of tiny identical pieces. The new wing design was tested in a NASA wind tunnel and is described in a paper in the journal Smart Materials and Structures , co-authored by research engineer Nicholas Cramer at NASA Ames in California; MIT alumnus Kenneth Cheung SM ’07 PhD ’12, now at NASA Ames; Benjamin Jenett, a graduate student in MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms; and eight others.

2019 116

Orbex unveils Prime rocket; largest 3D-printed rocket engine; bio-propane-fueled

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The completed engineering prototype of the Stage 2 rocket (the stage that will transit into orbital flight after launch) is made from a specially-formulated lightweight carbon fiber and aluminum composite and includes the world’s largest 3D printed rocket engine. The 3D printed engine. The 3-D printed rocket engine was uniquely manufactured in a single piece without joins in partnership with additive manufacturer SLM Solutions. 3D printing Engines LPG

2019 114

ARPA-E funds Ricardo-Achates partnership for improving efficiency and reducing emissions in full-size pickups; GCI engine, 48V

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Ricardo, engineering specialists in advanced propulsion, software, thermal management and vehicle systems, added to its powertrain design/development capabilities in June when it partnered with API and expanded its Southern California team. The new Gen II program builds upon the successful API Gen I opposed-piston engine with a focus on efficiency, weight, emissions and power. 48V ARPA-E Engines Fuel Efficiency Market Background

2020 69

York, Empa study finds retrofitting of VW diesel engines was successful

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On the opening day of the Frankfurt International Motor Show (IAA), the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a Notice of Violation: VW diesel engines with 1.6 In many countries, the EA 189 engines manufactured by the VW group had to be retrofitted with software or hardware updates. Retrofitted VW diesel engines emit up to a third less harmful nitrogen oxides in everyday use than engines with the original software dating from the Dieselgate era.

2020 75

VW expanding EV engineering capability in US; high-voltage lab in Chattanooga

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Volkswagen has begun expanding its Chattanooga factory to build a North American center for electric vehicles—not only for assembly, but for engineering the EVs of the future. —Wolfgang Maluche, Vice President of Engineering at Volkswagen of America.

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Rolls-Royce and ASI Mining plan to optimize MTU engines for autonomous operations

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Rolls-Royce and ASI Mining have agreed to ensure compatibility of MTU engines and ASI’s Mobius command and control software for autonomous vehicles. The two partners have signed a Memorandum of Understanding enabling Rolls-Royce to offer autonomous-compatible, Mobius-ready MTU engine solutions for equipment in a wide range of mining applications. For these applications, MTU engines provide high performance, reliability and availability as well as a maintenance-friendly construction.

2020 85

Volkswagen adds third tank to Polo and Golf natural gas models; new TGI engine for Golf

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three-cylinder engine (66 kW / 90 PS) the additional tank carries 16.5 liter four-cylinder engine, which is powerful, efficiency and environmentally friendly. The new 1.5-liter TGI engine in the Golf uses the TGI Miller combustion process with a high compression ratio of 12.5:1, This allows the 1.5-liter TGI engine to accelerate powerfully at any time from low speeds. Engines Natural Gas

2019 112

FCA to invest $400M to convert idled Indiana transmission plant to build GMET4 engines

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to build the GMET4 engine—the Company’s 2.0-liter Global Medium Engine inline four-cylinder turbo that is currently offered on the Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Cherokee. The 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 engine is part of FCA’s Global Medium Engine family. The engine is fitted with double overhead camshafts, dual independent camshaft timing and cooled exhaust gas recirculation. engine with engine stop start (ESS). Engines Manufacturing Market Background

2020 75

MAHLE-led consortium’s micro-CHP CNG engine provides 20% efficiency boost over current market best

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Tests have demonstrated that a residential combined heat and power (CHP) engine developed as an Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E)-backed venture through the Generators for Small Electrical and Thermal Systems (GENSETS) program ( earlier post ) offers at least a 20% improvement in efficiency over the current leading alternatives. The single-cylinder engine, which runs on natural gas (NG), has been developed by a consortium led by MAHLE Powertrain.

2019 94

Researchers propose optimization strategy for Atkinson cycle engines in hybrids

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A team from the Beijing Institute of Technology and Beiqi Foton Motor are proposing a performance optimization strategy for the Atkinson cycle gasoline engine, which is playing a key role in the development of hybrid electric vehicles due to its greater fuel economy than a conventional Otto cycle engine. The Atkinson cycle engine has become the main choice for the development of HEV because of its own advantages. Engines Hybrids

2020 60

Mazda rotary engine returns (for Japan) as EV range extender in MX-30 crossover

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After years of teases, it appears Mazda is finally ready to reintroduce its signature rotary engine—as an EV range extender.

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