Ricardo Continues Work on Efficient Engines for Ethanol Blends
by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine) Ricardo Inc. is both strong on ethanol blends and efficient engines.
Earlier in June, an advanced combustion engine research project was announced where Ricardo will partner with the University of California-Berkeley, MIT, Lawrence Berkeley, Lawrence Livermore and Sandia National Labs. The partnership will conduct collaborative research for the National Science Foundation and U.S. DOE initially centered on improving engine efficiency and lowering emissions of light- and heavy-duty vehicles running on gasoline/ethanol blends. The project will pioneer the use of partial fuel stratification and microwave-assisted spark plug technology that will enable low-temperature combustion engines to operate over the full load and speed range.
“This research will play an important role in developing the next generation of engine technologies as an important step towards achieving the EPA 2025 targets of 54.5 mpg for cars and trucks,” said Dr. Samveg Saxena, one of the investigators at UC Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab who authored the proposal.
Ricardo will provide its industry-leading testing and simulation capabilities for the second phase of the project, which will kick-off in early 2014 and operate out of the company’s Detroit Technical Center. During the testing phase, Ricardo will use its EBDI engine technology, which can deliver up to a 30 percent fuel economy and CO2 improvement compared with existing engines. READ MORE