The strengths and weaknesses are discussed of alternative power plants, namely, an improved spark-ignited reciprocating engine, a startified charge engine, as well as the diesel, gas turbine, Stirling, electric Wankel and steam engines. The spark-ignition and, stratified charge and diesel engines represent near-term technology efforts. Increasingly severe emissions standards require controls that have a deterimental effect on engine fuel economy. Changes that will contribute to improved fuel economy are discussed. The large-scale introduction of advanced heat engines--the gas turbine and stirling--would require new manufacturing facilities, supply and service organizations, and experience in powerplants. However, the gas turbine has lower emissions. The Stirling engine is rated high for fuel economy and low emissions. Comments are made on stored power systems such as battery powered cars and hydrids and it is noted that R & D efforts in this area must concentrate on improving battery technology.

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  • Authors:
    • Withrow Jr, J D
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  • Features: Figures;
  • Pagination: p. 57-62
  • Serial:
    • IEEE Spectrum
    • Volume: 14
    • Issue Number: 11
    • Publisher: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
    • ISSN: 0018-9235

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  • Accession Number: 00167611
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 27 1977 12:00AM