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Report: Batteries slowing the supply chain

Posted on 11 October 2006 | 0 Comments

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Batteries, Parts Delay Hybrid Car Production From abcnews.go.com: "The good news: The rising price of gasoline in the United States has made American car shoppers sit up and take notice of fuel-efficient hybrid gas-electric autos. The bad news: Carmakers still can't keep up with the demand... One of the chief reasons is a limited supply of hybrid parts such as the rechargeable batteries and the computers that control the cars' dual electric and gas-powered motors. Just a certain few companies have that capability to produce hybrid car technology," says Charlie Vogelheim, executive editor of the Kelley Blue Book auto price directory. "It all depends on those components and the lead time suppliers have to produce them..." Read the full story here.

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Ask the White House discusses Renewable Energy

Posted on 11 October 2006 | 0 Comments

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Michael Johanns, Secretary of Agriculture, chats about ethanol and bio-based fuels as well as his participation in "Advancing Renewable Energy," a conference jointly hosted by the Departments of Energy and Agriculture. Secretary Johanns logs on from the conference center in St. Louis, Mo. Wed. Oct. 11 at 1 PM ET. Check it out at the Whitehouse.gov website.

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Scuderi at the BMW Germany Series

Posted on 27 September 2006 | 0 Comments

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Scuderi BMW series photo
The Scuderi Group is helping to sponsor 18-year-old German auto racer Dominik Wasem in the Formula BMW Germany Series. The Formula BMW is an open wheel racing series aimed at developing the talent of young drivers. Dominik has two more races this season: October 28 and 29 in Hockenheim, Germany. Best of luck, Dominik! For more information on the BMW Germany Series, visit http://bmw-motorsport.com/ms/en/index.html.

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Scuderi Group Press Release on Unveil Diesel Design

Posted on 14 September 2006 | 0 Comments

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Scuderi Group to Unveil Air-Hybrid Diesel Engine Design at IAA Expo in Hanover, Germany Sept. 21-28; Diesel Version of Breakthrough Engine to Provide Dramatic Cost, Power, and Environmental Benefits WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass., USA – September 13, 2006 – The Scuderi Group announced today that they will be demonstrating the benefits of their breakthrough Air-Hybrid diesel engine at the International Automobile Association’s Commercial Vehicle Show (IAA) which takes place from September 21-28 in Hanover, Germany (Booth 24 CO3) The design and performance of the Scuderi Engine – potentially the world’s most efficient internal combustion engine – has been verified by one of the world’s leading independent engine testing laboratories. With even a bigger impact on diesel engines than on gasoline engines, the Scuderi technology not only improves the performance of the diesel engine but reduces the complexity and cost. The Scuderi Difference: reduction or elimination of exhaust treatment, turbocharging and injectors “The innovations in the design of the Scuderi engine reduces the cost of diesel systems by eliminating or dramatically reducing three of the most expensive and complex parts of a diesel system - turbocharging, injectors and exhaust treatment,” said Sal Scuderi, president of The Scuderi Group. “Because of the inherent design advantages of the Scuderi Air-Hybrid diesel engine, we estimate that this engine can lower the cost of diesel engines by as much as 40-50%. We strongly believe that the Scuderi Air-Hybrid engine is the diesel engine design of the future.” Perhaps the feature with the largest cost impact is the reduction or elimination of the exhaust treatment system. Because of the unique method of firing after top dead center and a very fast moving power piston, the two biggest emission problems for diesel engines (NOx and soot) are eliminated or drastically reduced. Emission reduction has been the greatest challenge for today’s diesel engine manufacturers, with the sophistication and cost of the exhaust treatment systems growing rapidly. The newer urea-based Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) exhaust treatment systems can add from $11,000 to over $50,000 to the cost of large diesel engines. In addition, the extra weight and complexity increases the cost of maintenance and repairs. Because of the built-in supercharging capabilities of the Scuderi Engine, the need for turbochargers is eliminated. The cost of turbochargers alone can save thousands of dollars per system. Because the Scuderi Engine fires only on half of its cylinders, only half of the fuel injectors are required. The cost of today’s high pressure injectors can amount to over 30% of the base engine cost. In addition, because of the high turbulence created by the air transferring into the power cylinder from the transfer passage, the Scuderi Diesel Engine will be able to use low pressure, low cost injectors instead of expensive high-pressure injectors. The 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: • 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 • Enhance the performance of hybrid engines • Provide significantly more power than a conventional engine • Be easy to manufacture because it utilizes the same components found in today’s engines Scuderi Air-Hybrid Engine 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. Currently under development at a world renowned research and testing laboratory, the first diesel and gasoline prototypes are expected to be completed by late 2007.

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The Scuderi Diesel Air Hybrid Engine

Posted on 12 September 2006 | 0 Comments

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Next week the Scuderi Group will debut the designs of the diesel version of their Air Hybrid Engine at the 61st International Automobile Association Commercial Vehicles show in Hanover, Germany. Today we talked with Sal Scuderi to learn more about the diesel air hybrid engine.

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India focusing on ethanol, hybrid cars

Posted on 11 September 2006 | 0 Comments

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The world's large second largest country, and second fastest growing economy, India, is addresing the challenge of alternative fuels and hyrbid technology. Considering there are well over 1 billion people in India, this is a good thing for the future of both. After ethanol, next focus is hybrid cars
NEW DELHI: With the government’s alternate fuel programme for doping petrol with ethanol set to go national from November 1, experts feel that the next stage will be to make alternate fuels and hybrid technology for automobiles commercially viable.
Regulations are in place, and automobile companies and engine manufacturers have to immediately begin to modify the internal combustion engine to make it more effecienct and envirnmentally friendly.
As far as automobiles are concerned, 5% blending of both petrol and diesel with ethanol does not require any change in vehicle engines. Beyond that level, though, automobile companies in India have to modify engines. They have, by and large, expressed their inability to invest in hybrids vehicles that improve fuel efficiency, citing the government’s apathy towards such technologies. Hybrid vehicles run on more than one fuel simultaneously, with one engine mostly comprising electrical batteries. The Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) is making some efforts to lead the way in alternate fuels. It has signed a technology transfer agreement with its German counterpart VDA for developing alternate fuel-powered vehicles such as hybrids
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Real Functional Design

Posted on 7 September 2006 | 0 Comments

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CAD industry expert and blogger Evan Yares has just posted a fascinating article on the Scuderi engine titled Real Functional Design.
I ran across an intriguing new design for an internal combustion engine. The Scuderi Split-Cycle Engine promises engine efficiency increases from 33% to almost 40%, with toxic emissions reductions as great as 80%. Yet, the engine has never been built. So how does Scuderi know how it will perform? Simulation.
Not surprising, given Evan's background, he focuses on the simulation software (GT Power) used by Scuderi and the internationally respected lab where it was tested. This is a very interesting article that provides insight into the sophisticated computer simulations that are behind the tremendous advancements in engine power, effeciency and performace claimed by The Scuderi Group. These are not empty claims, but the result of the most sophisticated computer testing available today, which is utilized by all the major automobile manufacturers.
I spoke with Rifat Keribar, a Vice President at Gamma. He explained to me that GT-Power is part of an integrated suite of applications for the conceptual modeling and analysis of engines. It allows an engineer to create a complete functional model of an engine, and analyze combustion characteristics, acoustics, fuel economy, emissions, valvetrain kinematics/dynamics, camshaft vibrations, cam design, injection system pressure and flow dynamics, hydraulic systems, engine heat management, cooling, crankshaft dynamics and torsional vibrations, engine balance, block vibrations, mounts, bearing oil films - and apparently even more. This is not a program for weekend mechanics, but rather a tool for serious powertrain engineers.
To read the whole article, click here.

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Wired Magazine: New Engine Combusts Old Ideas

Posted on 28 August 2006 | 0 Comments

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Very solid article on the Scuderi Engine in Wired Magazine, Wired Magazine New Engine Combusts Old Ideas
If your next car gets twice the gas mileage of your current vehicle, and belches out only a fraction of the pollution, you may have Carmelo Scuderi to thank.
So how does the Scuderi engine 'combust old ideas'?
...Scuderi began by splitting the heart of the internal combustion engine -- the chamber where air is compressed, mixed with fuel and then ignited -- into two separate cylinders, linked by a passage. Air is compressed in the first cylinder, and then shot through the passage into the second cylinder, where it mixes with the gas and burns. Computer-generated models are universally used in the automotive industry to design new engines and other parts, and are considered extremely accurate in predicting performance. Those models show the combustion in a Scuderi engine will be not only more powerful than conventional engines; it will also, surprisingly, be cooler. That means it will spew out far fewer pollutants than today's engines do. The Scuderi engine could even boost mileage by recapturing energy normally lost during braking, as do hybrid cars. "Unlike current electric hybrids which store the energy in a battery, we are able to store energy in the form of compressed air," says Sal Scuderi. That can be done by simply adding a small air-storage tank, which costs far less than the generators and banks of batteries gas-electric hybrids need. While working models of the Scuderi engine won't see the light of day until next year, the radical design is already attracting a lot of attention in the automotive world. The company is in talks with big automakers, and when it showed off the new engine at a major automotive-engineering conference in Detroit earlier this year, the Scuderi booth was mobbed.
To read the full artilce, and to watch a video expalining how the Scuderi engine works, click here.

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Air Hybrid Research on Both Sides of the Atlantic

Posted on 25 August 2006 | 0 Comments

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A very interesting article in Great Britain's The Engineer Magazine detailing the innovative work on both sides of the Atlantic around the concept of an Air Hybrid Engine.
Research is taking place on both sides of the Atlantic into innovative air-hybrid engines that promise to be lighter, cheaper and more environmentally-friendly than existing electric-hybrids. A collaborative project between researchers at Brunel University -which has a patent on the design - and car manufacturers Lotus and Ford is to begin early next year to develop a prototype that could turn a conventional combustion engine into an air compressor. ...The Scuderi design dedicates one side of the engine to combustion and the other two pistons as a dedicated air compressor. Gas is compressed in the compression cylinder and transferred to the power cylinder through a gas passage. All this unique design needs to be converted into an air-hybrid is the addition of an air tank, according to Steve Scuderi, one of the firm's founders. Scuderi is honest in his assessment of the drawbacks of an air-hybrid design but is certain that the technology's advantages make it an exciting alternative to electric-hybrids. 'While electric-hybrids can take energy and hold it for a longer period of time the problem with air-hybrids is that the energy is stored as heated, compressed air. This, of course, means that as the tank cools the energy dissipates,' he said. However not only are the batteries in electric-hybrids big, heavy and difficult to dispose of, they also take a long time to store the energy, according to Scuderi. In his view, air-hybrids have a big advantage because the energy can be pumped up quickly then discharged in massive amounts. He also believes that his firm's design would be far more effective than the work being undertaken by Lotus and Ford with Brunel university. 'They have to switch their pistons between combustion engine mode and compressor mode which costs efficiency - we don't have to do that,' he said.
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Hybrid Owners of America Launched to Organize Half a Million U.S. Gas/Electric Vehicle Owners

Posted on 21 August 2006 | 0 Comments

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Hybrid Owners of America Launched to Organize Half a Million U.S. Gas/Electric Vehicle Owners, Encourage 'Hybrid Friendly' Federal and State Policies Lifting of Federal Tax Cap on Hybrids Urged, Along With New Federal Incentives for Plug-In Hybrid Conversions and Employers Promoting Hybrid Purchases to Reduce Global Warming. WASHINGTON, Aug. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- A new and 100 percent independent group -- the Hybrid Owners of America (http://www.hybridownersofamerica.org) - - is being launched today to organize and advocate for the interests of the roughly 500,000 Americans who are saving money on gas, reducing America's dependence on foreign oil, and reducing global warming pollution by driving hybrid cars and other gas/electric vehicles. In addition to tracking federal, state, local and private sector incentives to keep hybrid car owners armed with the latest information, HOA is encouraging hybrid vehicle drivers to get involved by urging Congress and the White House to embrace a five-point "hybrid friendly" agenda: lifting the current cap on the federal tax break for hybrid purchases; creating a new federal tax incentive for those who undertake a plug-in hybrid conversion; promoting a new federal tax break for corporations that provide direct incentives to employees who buy hybrids; rewarding U.S. automakers that undertake more hybrid research and production with assistance in dealing with health care and other high-cost issues; and conversion of 30 percent of the federal car and truck fleet over three years to hybrids. Hybrid Owners of America Project Director Scott Stapf said: "Everybody wins when there are more hybrid vehicles on the road. The bottom line is that hybrid vehicle purchases should be encouraged because they empower typical Americans with a direct way to reduce our nation's addiction to Middle Eastern oil, save money at the gas pump and cut global warming pollution. By working together, hybrid owners can protect their own interests while also serving the greater good promoting U.S. national security and protecting the environment." To read the full press release, click here.

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