With only a few weeks to go until the first public unveiling of the highly anticipated Scuderi Engine, the Scuderi Group announced today it has secured patent protection for its critical valve technologies. The company now has more than 200 patents, including 72 issued in more than 50 countries in its global patent portfolio.
The latest patents represent further protection of the engine’s intellectual property as the Scuderi Group enters an important time for the technology and its licensing efforts.
"The valve train is one of the most critical parts of a working engine, which is why these patents are so significant to the progress of the Scuderi Engine," said Scuderi Group Vice President and Patent Attorney Stephen Scuderi. "The better the valve train works, the better the engine works. These latest patents cover the technology allowing the Scuderi Engine to run in all conditions."
Three Scuderi Engine valve technologies recently patented worldwide:
Valve Seating Control Device that adjusts valve speed to prevent wear and damage in a camless split-cycle engine
Valve Lash Adjustments that adjust valve speed to prevent wear and damage in a cam-driven system
Valve Seat Insert designed to accommodate the high impact stress of outwardly opening valves in the Scuderi Split-Cycle Engine
By Frank Langfitt, February 23, 2009
After years of producing gas guzzlers, automakers are focusing more on electric vehicles. At auto shows across the country, the companies are rolling out a variety of electric vehicles. They may pay off one day, but making electric vehicles affordable and practical will take years.
According to the latest Kelley Blue Book Marketing Research studies, the vast majority (nearly 90 percent) of car shoppers say they are concerned about the future of the environment.
Among the survey respondents, 80 percent believe that individuals should make lifestyle changes in order to reduce CO2 emissions.
Furthermore, 75 percent of shoppers say they have made changes to further the betterment of the environment, with the top lifestyle changes mentioned being recycling (54 percent), cutting back on driving (46 percent) and purchasing a fuel-efficient car (31 percent).
Read more on www.kkb.com.
Here's a YouTube version of the June 12, 2008 profile of the Scuderi Group and its Air-Hybrid Engine on CBS 3 in Springfield, available on the Scuderi Group's YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/user/ScuderiGroup.
By Lutz Deyerling VP European Operations, Scuderi Group The overall worldwide automotive (and engine market) is undergoing a major change unlike ever before. This change affects all players in the market, OEM´s, suppliers, new technologies, consumers and investors. There has been shocking news about the US OEM´s every day. Yesterday, for example, for the first time an analyst from Merrill Lynch said that one of the top three automakers could go bankrupt soon. Scuderi European Vice President Lutz Deyerling addresses the crowd gathered to view the first model of the Air-Hybrid Engine at the 2008 Engine Expo in Stuttgart, Germany in May. Wednesday’s auto news was a parade of negative earnings reports, mostly based on consumer reaction to rising fuel costs and engine inefficiency. In June, one US OEM lost 18% in sales, another 28%, while yet another big manufacturer went down 36%. Many have serious problems – none of them are able to cut costs fast enough to keep up with the cash drain. (Double digit millions of dollars daily!). This phenomenon is driven by the fact that US drivers are now shifting away from SUV´s and pick-up-trucks and seriously looking for smaller and more fuel efficient vehicles – which almost none of the US OEM´s have in their portfolio. This is a really dangerous scenario and could end in a vicious circle. The Financial Times Germany, who has been running an editorial series called “the future of the automobile” also writes this in a recent article, the last sentence stating: “Maybe in the future they will say, these were the years, where afterwards nothing was as it had been before.” Read the story here. In Germany, a major discussion about electric vehicles and batteries started last week with an article about a study from Professor Dudenhoefer, who heads the well known CAR (Center of Automotive Research) at the University of Gelsenkirchen: The article states: “A huge revolution, the end of gasoline and diesel vehicles”. From 2010 onwards, electric and hybrid vehicles will replace vehicles with internal combustion engines. There have been several reactions on this article – for example also the CEO of Volkswagen, Prof. Winterkorn said: “the future of the automobile is the battery”. The “hype” culminated in a 16 pages article (which also was the top story) in Germany´s Wirtschaftswoche, a highly respected business magazine. But as the article also states, many of these OEMs, suppliers and others are finding themselves having to look “Green” and environmentally friendly, even when they aren’t… And even with all the hype around the electric hybrid vehicle, some companies are strategically separating themselves from that specific technology. Honda Corp., for example, has made that decision. A time of change of this magnitude creates an even bigger opportunity to address the immediate benefits of the air-hybrid engine technology. While we continue to further licensing talks with many of the major OEMs around the world, the first gasoline prototype is on schedule to be completed by the end of the year. There is currently historical interest in the Scuderi Air-Hybrid Engine, which would give OEMs tremendous relief in several areas:
By Matt DeLuica, CBS 3, Springfield, MA
Solar, hydrogen, and even water are all being developed as fuels of the future, and no matter what the brand, those behind the ideas just want to keep you from buying gasoline. But, West Springfield-based Scuderi Group is developing an engine that still runs on gas, but not nearly as much.
"The key to really gaining on saving energy is to improve the efficiency of the internal combustion engine, and we're about the only ones who really have a good shot at making that happen," Scuderi said.
In a nutshell, Scuderi says his split-cycle engine will increase fuel efficiency by as much as 30 percent. Combine that with a hybrid, and it's 50 percent. That means you would fill-up half as often. But, that cannot possibly make the oil companies happy, or can it?
Watch the CBS 3 story.
The Scuderi Group opened up the first day of the 2008 World Congress on Monday, greeting the throngs of engineers and automotive executives that have flocked to Detroit the annual gathering at the Cobo Center. Headlining all the exciting updates around the Scuderi Air-Hybrid Engine was the news about the split-cycle engine's valve train test rig. Results from the independent laboratory developing the prototype showed that the valve train matched all the previous computer simulations and in many cases exceeded expectations around engine efficiency, power and NOx emissions. Exciting news indeed as not only has the valve system been one of the most critical components of the core engine, but it came out even better than expected. With a full exhibit team of engineers, sales, marketing and public relations personnel, the Scuderi Group had a steady flow of engineers wanting to learn more about the engine and the recent testing updates. As usual, the exhibit welcomed its share of media and analysts including editors from Motor Trend, Motor News, Machine Design, Auto Tech News, Global Insight, Automotive Industries, and Engine Technology International, among others. With a good night's sleep behind us, Day Two is expected to be the busiest day of the show and has a full agenda with off-site meetings, more media interviews and the annual Tex-Mex swaree hosted by the Scuderi Group's independent laboratory.
E. Phil Haley of Life on the Road - Trucking News Blog recently interviewed Scuderi Group President Sal Scuderi about the Scuderi Air-Hybrid Engine.
"Near the end of January," writes Phil, "I published a post at Life on the Road regarding the Scuderi Split-Cycle engine; an engine design improvement that, in my opinion, is the most important since Rudolph Diesel improved on the work of Nicolaus Otto.
When The Scuderi Group became aware of a post focusing on their efforts they offered me an opportunity to interview their President; and I accepted. The interview is pretty interesting and, hopefully, I’ll have an opportunity to do a follow up interview in the fall."To listen to the interview, click here.
Hybrid electric vehicles that run on both conventional gasoline and stored electricity can be no more than a stop gap until more sustainable technology is developed, according to researchers in France. Writing in the Inderscience publication International Journal of Automotive Technology and Management, they suggest that the adoption of HEVs might even slow development of more sustainable fuel-cell powered electric vehicles.
Jean-Jacques Chanaron Research Director within the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) and Chief Scientific Advisor at the Grenoble School of Management and Julius Teske at Grenoble, question strongly whether the current acceptance of hybrid vehicle technology particularly in the USA is in any way environmentally sustainable.
The researchers have analyzed the spread of this technology including the non-financial drivers for its adoption. They point out that most manufacturers are rapidly integrating hybrid electric vehicles into their technology portfolio, despite the absence of significant profitability.
They add that the misinformed craze for hybrid vehicles especially in the USA, and increasingly in Japan and Europe, and potentially in China, could represent a red light for more innovative technologies, such as viable fuel-cell cars that can use sustainably sourced fuels, such as hydrogen. They concur with earlier studies that suggest that hydrogen fuel cells will not be marketable in high volumes before at least 2025. This could, however, be too late for some models of climate change and emissions reduction. They also point out that even fuel cell technology has its drawbacks and much of the marketing surrounding its potential has emerged only from the hydrogen lobby itself.
Read the rest of the story on Physorg.com.