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Some believe that nothing beats the sound of a rumbling V8. The internal combustion engine (ICE) burns fuel (mostly commonly fossil-based) to turn pistons, turbine blades, or a nozzle - converting chemical energy into useful mechanical energy. Infineum expects the market for IC engines will continue to grow for at least another 30 years (from 2011). Combustion engines can be made more efficient through better lubricants, additives, fuel-blends and dual-fuel (i.e. biofuel or liquid H2) and lightweight materials. [ICE Diagram courtesy of http://www.schwabenkart.de]
Infineum is a leader in the formulation and manufacturing of petroleum additives for lubricants and fuels and has been developing products to enhance the performance of vehicles for over 80 years. Infineum's products are used in 1-in-3 of the world's vehicles and they expect to continue to make advances in the fuel efficiency of vehicles for many years to come.
The Citroën 'Rosalie' was the world's first production diesel car part-developed by highly acclaimed engineer, Sir Harry Ricardo (founder of Ricardo Consulting Engineers). The veteran Rosalie (1760cc 11UD) first appeared at the Paris Motor Show in 1935, and therefore surprised the press at the start-line of the inaugural future car rally from Brighton to London.
Leading geophysicists predict that peak-oil is either currently occurring, or will have occurred by 2015. Meanwhile, demand for oil continues to increase at an extraordinary rate, with increasingly negative social and ecological consequences. Are you ready to switch?
As an eco designer it won’t come as a surprise that I'm no petrol head motoring journalist but I have had the chance to drive a number of pure electric cars over the years - many with varying degrees of success and just a little anxiety.
Dr Dominic Emery is Chief Development Officer for BP Alternative Energy, which was created at the end of 2005 and now comprises biofuels, wind and corporate ventures, with a plan to invest $8 billion in alternative energy over ten years. Dominic's current responsibilities include corporate venture investment, strategy and investor relations for Alternative Energy.<
Ford’s new 125PS 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine in the Ford Focus has proved its surprising performance by setting 16 FIA world speed records. The new engine only uses three cylinders and just 999cc to produce similar power to the outgoing 1600cc engine, yet better fuel economy and fewer emissions. Development of the award-winning engine – small enough to fit on an A4 sheet of paper – was led by the UK’s Dunton technical Centre in Essex. The turbocharged engine has been awarded “International Engine of the Year” by Engine Technology International magazine.
Investing in Future Transport is a high level conference covering innovation and investment opportunities in the transport sector. The conference is supported by the Mayor of London and chaired by journalist and TV presenter, Quentin Willson.