The world is moving further and further away from using internal combustion engine vehicles (ICE), but some companies are aiming to re-purpose tried & true technology to enable it to live in harmony with the needs of climate change.
An example comes from ASTRON AEROSPACE, which presented to Omega 1, a engine designed to give internal combustion a new perspective of life amid increasing curbs on fossil fuel consumption, according to a motor1.com report.
Omega 1 was designed to run on different fuels and its creators claim it can run while producing very low emissions. On its website, Astron Aerospace states that Omega 1 produces “very low to zero harmful emissions” and that is “ultimate range extender”.
Astron Aerospace claims to have a working prototype of its engine and will release more information in the not too distant future. Meanwhile, it has revealed that just like a Wankel rotary engine, the Omega 1 does not feature an offset crankshaft, eccentric shaft or reciprocating pistons. However, unlike Wankel engines, the Omega 1 is equipped with a pre-chamber, connected to a pair of chambers, which separates the cold intake air from the exhaust gases, thus eliminating the problem of exhaust gas overlap.
World first active linear power transfer engine
All of this makes the Omega 1 the world’s first engine with active linear power transfer, according to Astron Aerospace.” “When the Omega 1 engine rotates,” the company states on its website, “all power is transferred through the single rotating power shaft.” The company also claims that the Omega 1 does not require rota-seals due to tight tolerances & Such a high RPM that there is not enough time for the leak of air.
Astron Aerospace says the Omega 1 “will change the world for the better by offering a new, smaller, more powerful engine while consuming much less fuel.” The company says its new creation “will produce significantly fewer greenhouse gases while improving torque & power in an incredibly small package.
A standard Omega 1 engine weighs only 35 pounds (16 kg) and produces output of 160 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque. The company says its innovative engine design also allows multiple engines to be stacked together, increasing output.
Although this design is not likely that it prevents it from being progressed towards the electrification of the vehicle – Canada & Norway, for example, recently announced bans on ICE vehicles – it could help internal combustion engine technology, which has been reliable for over a century, to last a little longer.