The efforts of the Department of Energy (DOE) are aimed at ensuring that technologies are available to reduce petroleum-energy consumption by automobiles for the near term, and at eliminating their dependence of this diminishing energy resource while maintaining current mobility levels in the longer term. DOE's near-term work has included the development and testing of a continuously variable transmission with a 25% improvement in fuel economy, and the development and testing of a fuel vapor injector/igniter which stratifies the fuel charge and may replace the conventional spark plug. DOE's largest efforts are focused on new technologies for new vehicles, and its program is divided into 3 major areas of activity: heat engines, vehicle systems, and alternative fuels. Heat-engine work emphasizes hardware development of 2 types of engine: the gas turbine and the stirling cycle. Vehicle-systems work covers hardware development of important vehicle components such as transmissions, waste-heat-recovery systems, etc. Alternative-fuels projects center on developing technologies needed to ascertain and solve the problems associated with the use of new fuels by highway vehicles.

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  • Authors:
    • Brogan, J J
    • Chen, C S
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  • Pagination: p. 63
  • 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: 00167612
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 27 1977 12:00AM