Engineers at Ford are testing a new hydrogen fuel internal combustion engine (H2ICE) that reduces noxious emissions by 99.7% compared to gasoline combustion engines of similar size and power. Ford's P2000 research vehicle emits mostly water vapor and a small amount of carbon dioxide from the exhaust. It would take 300 hydrogen-powered vehicles to emit the same amount of carbon dioxide that comes from a single gasoline engine. "We made big improvements to this hydrogen engine by increasing the compression ratio and reducing oil consumption," says William Stockhausen, a staff technical specialist on Ford's H2ICE project. Other improvements include adding a solid-film lubricant and hard-surface treatments to the fuel injector system and a triple-redundant safety system. "We wanted to err on the side of safety," says Stockhausen. The P2000 H2ICE uses a modified Zetec 2.0-liter engine. Ford test results indicate the new engine is 25 to 30% more efficient than its gasoline counterpart. Ford's web site address is www.ford.com.
Lithium-ion battery prices will drop rapidly over the next 10 years, setting the stage for plug-in vehicles to reach 5%-10% of total automotive sales by the mid- to late-2020s, according to a new study.
Two researchers from Cornell University have won a $100,000 grant from NASA to continue work to develop an energy-harvesting robotic eel the space agency aims to use to explore oceans on one of the moons of Jupiter.
Is the factory smarter than it used to be? From recent buzzwords, you’d think we’ve entered a new dimension in industrial plants, where robots run all physical functions wirelessly and humans do little more than program ever more capable robotics. Some of that is actually true, but it’s been true for a while.
A recent Design News-exclusive study proves that engineering professionals are at the very forefront of this push into the future and making direct financial, performance, and value impact on their organizations by being personally involved or final decision-makers on automation solution and component choices.
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