Researchers from the Technical University of Berlin have developed a first prototype HCCI engine (Homogeneous Charge Compression Ignition).
This clean and efficient engine could soon equip personal cars.
In the HCCI engine, the fuel is mixed homogeneously with the air, as in most today's gasoline engines; the ignition is however compression, as in a diesel engine, but at a much lower temperature. This lower combustion temperature and the higher proportion of air virtually eliminates NOx emissions and lowers pump losses. In total, the gain on consumption is significant.
2,2 additional million euros have been granted to the continuation of the project which should continue over a period of 18 months. The project brings together several companies (including the automotive development company IAV GmbH) as well as two research groups from the Technical University of Berlin