OP Engine Technology Showcased at ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit
Achates Power debuted a scale model of their Opposed-Piston Engine and a cutaway animation highlighting the OP Engine (see story below) at the ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit in late February. The summit, held in Washington D.C., brought together the brightest minds in business, academia and government to advance technologies that could change the way the United States generates, uses and stores energy.
The Achates Power OP Engine was among the innovative energy technologies that were showcased at the summit. There, the Achates Power team gave demonstrations of how the OP Engine operates, its fundamental advantages over traditional internal combustion engines and an overview of the company’s relationship with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E).
In November 2015, Achates Power was awarded a $9 million grant from ARPA-E. With support from Argonne National Laboratory and Delphi, the team has begun work to develop an opposed-piston, gasoline compression ignition (OPGCI) engine. At the conclusion of the three-year project, the joint effort will yield a three-cylinder 3-liter engine for use in vehicles such as trucks, SUVs, crossovers and minivans.
Achates Power CTO John Koszewnik Elected to National Academy of Engineering
Last month, Achates Power announced that chief technology officer John Koszewnik was elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). His election to the NAE is one of the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. He is one of just 80 new members, along with 22 international members, elected to the NAE this year.
John was recognized by the NAE for his improvements to the design, development and production efficiency of vehicles. NAE membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to “the pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering, or developing/implementing approached to engineering education.”
John joined the Achates Power team as CTO in 2011, bringing nearly 40 years of engineering experience in the powertrain industry with him to further the development of the Achates Power OP Engine design. He previously led the development of Ford Motor Company’s gasoline V6, V8, V10 engines, along with serving as the director of Ford’s North American Diesel program. He holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology and a master’s degree in general management from Harvard University.
CEO David Johnson Speaks at Automotive World Fuel Economy Detroit
Achates Power’s CEO David Johnson was a featured expert speaker at the Automotive World Fuel Economy Detroit conference in mid-March. The annual conference, which is a part of Automotive World’s Automotive Megatrends conference series, brings together the stakeholders tasked with reducing fuel consumption and meeting future emissions regulations.
David’s presentation, Defining the Powertrain of the Future, explored the growth of the vehicle market and how manufacturers are trying to address emissions and efficiency requirements. To meet the demands of the global market (and meet regulations) OEMs will need to provide cost effective powertrains. The internal combustion engine will continue to be the most efficient, cost effective and popular option for vehicle propulsion for the next several decades.
The Achates Power Opposed-Piston Engine has been shown to be cleaner, more efficient and less costly than a comparable “state-of-art” engine. The unique OP Engine design capitalizes on the advantages that make internal combustion engines the widely adopted powertrain choice for now and through the future.
General Motors Assesses Diesel OP Engine Benefits at SAE World Congress
General Motors has joined the list of leading engine companies to describe the benefits of opposed piston engine technology with a technical paper presented at the 2016 SAE World Congress titled “An Analytical Assessment of the CO2 Emissions Benefit of Two-Stroke Diesel Engines” which explores the advantages and advancements in opposed-piston, two-stroke diesel engine technology.
An excerpt from the paper’s abstract touts: “Based on the engine models and an in-house vehicle model, projections were made for the CO2 emissions for a representative light-duty vehicle over the New European Driving Cycle and the Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicles Test Procedure […] The opposed-piston diesel engine had about 13-15% [lower CO2] […] compared to a state of the art four-stroke diesel engine.”
Achates Power Debuts All-New Engine Animation
Be sure to check out the all-new Achates Power OP Engine animation.
Click the image below to view the video.
Autoline This Week: David Johnson and Co-Panelists Explore the Future of Engine Technology
Achates Power CEO David Johnson are featured this week in a panel discussion on Autoline with John McElroy. In show #2013 titled “Advanced Propulsion Systems,” Johnson and his co-panelists discuss the internal combustion engine and technologies that have a positive impact on advancing its efficiency and performance.
Click the image below to view the program on the Autoline website.