That is the idea of researchers at the Czech Technical University who are developing a linear combustion engine, with two opposing pistons at either end of a cylinder.
The design of engine promises greater efficiency than rotary combustion engines paired with generators, however, this efficiency requires sophisticated control electronics to keep the system in check.
Because the compression ration of the system can be variable - controlled by electronics - not fixed as in a rotary engine, there is the possibility to design vehicles that will run on a wide variety of fuels.
Check out the Linear Combustion Engine Project here.
written by nathan, June 16, 2007
written by Vincent Beall, October 27, 2008
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