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The Technology of the Future: Advance High Efficiency Engines (EGY240A)

Presented By : Dr. Mark Holtzapple
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Pre Recorded Webinar
60 minutes
  •  Wed, February 19, 2014
Event Description

The Next Big Innovation In Automotive Technology Is Already Here

Currently, our transportation system is based on internal combustion engines powered by petroleum-derived liquid fuels.  Petroleum is a finite resource and its use contributes to global warming, so the current transportation system is not sustainable.  The automotive industry is poised to make a change and is exploring various alternatives, such as all-electric, hybrid-electric, and fuel cell automobiles.  Each of these approaches has important limitations that will hinder its ability to make the transportation system sustainable – a different approach is required.

Internal combustion engines employ Otto and Diesel thermodynamic cycles, which are inherently inefficient and polluting.  In contrast, the Brayton thermodynamic cycle is much more efficient and less polluting.  Traditionally, the Brayton cycle has been used to power aircraft and generate electricity; however, recent advances allow it to be scaled down for automobiles. Some say they are not just a viable alternative; they are a better alternative because they are more fuel efficient, environmentally friendly, and require less maintenance.

Join this exclusive Audio Conference by  Mark Holtzapple, to learn how advances in and new applications of the Brayton Cycle engine are already revolutionizing the transportation industry and how you can get in on the ground floor of this new technology.

Session Highlights:

  • Internal combustion engines based on the Otto and Diesel cycles are mature technologies, so future improvements will only be incremental.
  • Incremental changes are not sufficient to make our transportation system sustainable
  • Traditionally, the Brayton cycle engine has been used to power aircraft and generate electricity; however, recent improvements allow it to be adapted to automotive applications
  • The classical Brayton cycle engine can be improved by incorporating advanced features such as thermal regeneration and wet humidification. The resulting efficiency approaches theoretical limits
  • The combustor in the Brayton cycle engine can be designed to produce extremely low pollution emissions
  • How Brayton cycle engines are already being used successfully in the transportation industry
  • Why the experts believe this new technology will replace internal combustion engine
  • How Brayton cycle engines stack up against electric, hybrid, and fuel cell vehicles

Benefits of Brayton Cycle:

  • Placing an advanced Brayton cycle engine in a conventional automobile body boosts fuel economy by 2 to 3 times, which allows a passenger car to achieve 50 to 100 miles per gallon
  • Because the combustion is clean, oil changes will be required only every 50,000 miles
  • The advanced Brayton cycle engine is nearly pollution free and has the potential for the exhaust to be cleaner than the intake air
  • It has an extremely long service life of about 1 million miles, which is sufficient to last the lifetime of most drivers.
  • The Brayton cycle engine requires about half the volume of a conventional engine, thus providing additional useful space in vehicles
  • The Brayton cycle engine can use almost any fuel including gasoline, diesel, jet, alcohol, natural gas, vegetable oil, and hydrogen

Who should attend:

  • Automobile companies
  • Environmental groups
  • Government environmental protection agencies (EPA, California CARB)
  • Department of Energy
  • Trucking companies
  • Taxi companies
  • Oil companies
  • Energy companies
  • Military
About Our Speaker(s)

Dr. Mark Holtzapple, Energy Solutions ExpertDr. Mark Holtzapple
Dr. Mark Holtzapple earned his BS from Cornell University (1978) and his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania (1981).  He then served as a captain in the US Army and performed research on microclimate cooling, a method for cooling soldiers encapsulated in chemical protective clothing.  For the past 28 ... More info

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