FRANKFURT and WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Aug. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Scuderi Group announced today that Professor Hubert Hitziger, a leading international expert on internal combustion engines based in Germany, will join the company as an advisor. In his role, Prof. Hitziger will consult the engineering team on the development and commercialization of its Scuderi Engine and to work on the continued achievement of the engine's dramatic increases in efficiency.
Prof. Hitziger visited the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) in San Antonio, Tex., in mid-August to evaluate the Scuderi split-cycle technology. During his multi-day visit, he met with the development team, as well as reviewed performance data and observed the engine as it ran in SwRI's engine test cell.
Prof. Hitziger has been an honorary professor at the Technical University of Kaiserslautern for many years, where he lectures on the "Design of modern combustion engines" in the mechanical and process engineering department. Since 1998, he has been a very highly regarded combustion engine expert, officially appointed to the Chamber of Commerce in Germany. Professor Hitziger held management positions at MAN and Deutz-MWM for over 35 years and is currently a consultant to many international engine developers and original equipment manufacturers.
"The split-cycle principle offers unique benefits unavailable in other propulsion options," said Professor Hitziger. "It is a great pleasure for me to work on this highly interesting thermodynamic concept and help the Scuderi Group with their efforts to successfully bring this technology to market."
About the SCUDERI™ Engine
The Scuderi Engine divides the four strokes of a combustion cycle between two cylinders - one cylinder functions as an air compressor, handling intake and compression, while the other cylinder handles combustion and exhaust. By optimizing the split-cycle concept, the engine when fully developed will drastically reduce NOx emissions and substantially improve fuel efficiency, compared to a conventional gasoline engine. The engine requires one crankshaft revolution to complete a single combustion cycle and is projected to have higher torque, thermodynamic efficiency, and lower emissions than possible with today's engines.
About Scuderi Group
Based in West Springfield, Mass., with offices in Frankfurt, Germany, and Nagoya, Japan, Scuderi Group has developed a revolutionary engine technology anticipated to replace many of the standard internal combustion engines used in applications such as cars, trucks, ships, agriculture equipment, etc. Securing $80M in funding to date, Scuderi Group's business model is to license its technology to qualified engine manufacturers worldwide. The company's global patent portfolio contains more than 476 patent applications filed and 154 issued in 50 countries. For more information, please visit www.ScuderiEngine.com.
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