Transportation & Fuel Source Technology
Scuderi Group to Preview Enhanced Designs of Air-Hybrid Engine at SAE World Congress
With interest growing from engine manufacturers worldwide, the Scuderi Group, developers of the world's most fuel efficient internal combustion engine, will exhibit further-developed designs of the Scuderi Air-Hybrid Engine next week at the Society of Automotive Engineers World Congress in Detroit. (Booth No. 1510.)
The Scuderi Air-Hybrid Engine has been under development at a world-renowned independent laboratory for the past three years, with the first gasoline prototype scheduled to be completed in January. As engineering and testing has continued, many potential enhancements have been explored, such as a waste-heat recovery system specifically designed for the Scuderi Air-Hybrid Engine.
Waste heat energy is generally recovered in combined-cycle engines which utilize the Otto cycle to generate power and the Rankine cycle to recover waste heat. Conventional combined-cycle engines must immediately utilize the recovered waste heat or discard it. In contrast, the Scuderi Air-Hybrid Engine has the added capability of storing the waste, which is heat-generated energy in the form of compressed air in the Scuderi Engine's air tank for later use. This capability further enhances the engine's fuel efficiency and further reduces the engine's emissions output.
Conceived by a team of fluid and thermodynamic experts, the Scuderi Air-Hybrid Engine is expected to deliver a significant increase in performance, efficiency and environmental impact over today's internal combustion engines. It accomplished these advances by focusing on the heart of the engine, challenging conventional approaches to engine design in place for over 120 years. The Scuderi Air-Hybrid Engine is adaptable to diesel and gasoline automobiles, commercial vehicles and any other applications powered by internal combustion engines.
In the past year, the Scuderi Group has reached a number of significant milestones after making its debut last spring. Since its unveiling, combined with a growing urgency worldwide to reduce toxic emissions from automobiles and trucks and lessen dependency on fossil fuels, the Air-Hybrid Engine has caught the interest of automakers in the U.S., Europe, India, and Asia.
Since last year, the air-hybrid's patent portfolio continued to expand, with protection secured in key global markets including Japan, Taiwan, China and Russia. The patents are a major step toward complete worldwide protection of the revolutionary Scuderi air-hybrid engine design. The patent portfolio now includes seven issued U.S. patents, five U.S. patents pending and multiple international patents pending in over 45 countries.
"Since making our industry debut last year at the SAE World Congress, the interest we have received from the automotive, truck, bus and off-highway engine manufacturing community has been overwhelming," said Nick Scuderi, vice president of sales and marketing of the Scuderi Group. "Recent developments further verify that the Air-Hybrid Engine is going to provide the solution they've been looking for to offer consumers the most fuel-efficient and environmentally-friendly alternative available."
The Core Scuderi Engine
Developed by a team of fluid mechanic and thermodynamic experts, the Scuderi engine is expected to deliver a significant improvement in performance, efficiency and environmental impact. The Scuderi Group accomplished these advances by focusing on the fluid and thermodynamics at the heart of the engine, challenging conventional approaches to engine design in place for over 120 years.
As a result of this breakthrough design, and verified through the most sophisticated computer modeling available today, the Scuderi engine is expected to:
Scuderi Air-Hybrid Engine
- Improve fuel efficiency in today's gas and diesel engines by almost one third
- Emit 80 percent less toxic emissions than today's gas and diesel engines
- Provide more power and fuel efficiency than electric hybrids and conventional engines
- Be easy to manufacture because it utilizes the same components found in today's engines
By adding a small air storage tank with some simple controls costing only a few hundred dollars, the Scuderi
engine can recapture energy normally lost during the braking of a vehicle. To accomplish this with electric hybrids requires a complex electrical system costing thousands of dollars, consisting of generators, motors, and large batteries. In addition, unlike electric hybrids, the Scuderi Air-Hybrid has the unique capability of recapturing energy from the exhaust of the engine, making it possible to utilize a Scuderi Air-Hybrid design in stationary applications such as electric generators - an application where electric hybrids are considered impractical.
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