New Design for Motorcycle Engines powered by Compressed Air
Varanasi, UP -- (SBWIRE) -- 07/08/2010 -- Most motorcycles in the world today use engines that burn gasoline contributing to green house gases and adding air pollution to the surrounding area. Now two scientists in India have conceptually designed a new cleaner motorcycle engine that uses compressed air to a turn a small air turbine generating enough power to run a motorcycle for upto 40 minutes. Their design described in a recent issue of the journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy could be combined with the compressed air cylinder as a replacement for traditional internal combustion engines. In areas where motorcycles are a major source of public transportation such a technology could cut emissions substantially if widely implemented.
According to Bharat Raj Singh one of the two authors on the paper and the researcher at the SMS Institute of Technology in Lucknow, India some 50-60% of present emissions in some areas could be reduced with the new technology though a number of technical challenges remain.
Designing a compact but high capacity air tank to store sufficient fuel for long rides is a major hurdle. Existing tanks would require someone to stop about every 30 kilmeter (19 miles) to swap tanks.