A novel type of engine which aims to use less fuel and reduce noxious emissions without detracting from the car’s performance is being developed thanks to an investment of £93,500 from NESTA (the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts), the organisation that champions UK innovation.
Keith Hall, from Maidenhead in Berkshire, is a chartered mechanical engineer who has worked with names such as Audi, Jaguar and Ford. His Bruntel Environmental Engine aims to match the performance of the most advanced of comparable engines while offering better value. As well as being cheaper, the engine will be smaller and weigh less than an equivalent-rated conventional engine. Keith aims to prove that the engine also retains the power of a comparable conventional engine and uses less fuel, with lower emissions.
Keith’s innovation centres on his concept for ‘return stroke induction’. This means that, unusually, the engine aspirates when the piston is on its return stroke and compressing the cylinder volume. It is also the area carrying the most technical risk and part of the NESTA investment – through its Invention and Innovation programme - will go towards a simulation study to confirm Keith’s theories.
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