Clean Air Power, developer and provider of Dual-Fuel™ combustion technology for heavy duty diesel engines, has started a collaborative research programme with Queens University, Belfast (QUB) to develop a Dual-Fuel combustion process for application in small-cylinder diesel engines used in the light-duty automotive market.
The programme is to be carried out at QUB on a single-cylinder research engine built to replicate the state-of-the-art light-duty diesel engines used in next-generation passenger cars and light commercial vehicles (LCVs). The 2-3 year project is supported by grant funding from the Department for Education and Learning (DEL) and the Centre for Advanced Sustainable Energy (CASE), run by the UK Government body, Invest Northern Ireland. Clean Air Power will provide equipment and technical support to QUB during the project and has established a co-operation agreement with the university covering rights on any intellectual property generated.
This project complements an on-going funded research programme undertaken with Brunel University aimed at developing the next generation of advanced Dual-Fuel combustion systems for heavy-duty diesel engines.
In addition to the new research project, Clean Air Power has continued to strengthen its Dual-Fuel IP portfolio with the recent granting of a US patent No. 8,688,351 “Modification of Engine Control Signal Timing by Emulation of Engine Position Sensors”. This technology further improves Clean Air Power’s Dual-Fuel engine control mechanism and delivers practical advantages in terms of improved gas utilisation and engine performance.
John Pettitt, Chief Executive of Clean Air Power said: “Whilst the focus for Clean Air Power remains firmly on the heavy-duty vehicle market in the short to medium-term, the project with QUB represents a cost-effective means of extending our knowledge and IP base into the high volume market of small- cylinder diesel engines. Clean Air Power is continuously making improvements to our Dual-Fuel process and this research programme, along with recent additions to our IP portfolio, further enhances our position as a premium developer and supplier of cutting edge Dual-Fuel technology.”
(Source: Clean Air Power)