Monday, 30 May 2011

Loughborough student wins MotoHawk internship

Automotive Mechatronics Ltd has chosen Loughborough University Systems Engineering student, Eddie Burchell, for a MotoHawk Engineering Internship.  This follows stiff competition from rival universities: Bath, Cambridge, Oxford and Warwick.  The internship will be based at New Eagle, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA. 

Eddie will be expected to get his hands dirty and work throughout the summer on real time embedded control systems for engines and clean energy applications.  The systems will be controlled with MotoHawk and calibrated using MotoTune.

Dr Ray Heath, Technical Director of Automotive Mechatronics comments, “We are delighted to take on Eddie.  This is the first time a MotoHawk Engineering Internship has been offered to a European student.”

Automotive Mechatronics provides products and services for the control and calibration of low carbon and hybrid electric vehicles.  Automotive Mechatronics is a system integrator for MotoHawk providing technical support within Europe.
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Automotive Mechatronics Press Release 110531

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Clean Air Power taking MotoHawk to production

Clean Air Power has developed technology to convert existing heavy-duty diesel engines into Dual-Fuel™ for the purposes of reducing CO2 tailpipe emissions and operators’ fuel costs.  This technology allows an engine to be fuelled by natural gas and diesel simultaneously.  Volvo plans to launch “methane diesel” trucks incorporating Clean Air Power’s technology.  Fleet trials are underway in the UK and Sweden.
 
Dual-Fuel™ is fitted onto a standard diesel engine that operates virtually unchanged, except for the addition of gas injectors and a MotoHawk control system.  The MotoHawk system controls the delivery of both fuels: natural gas and diesel.  Whilst retaining fuel efficiency and full power, CO2 emissions can be reduced by up to 25% as natural gas replaces 75%-90% of the diesel.

Clean Air Power has been using MotoHawk for the past three years of development.  One of the main reasons for choosing MotoHawk as a prototyping system was that it was based on production hardware and easy to migrate to volume production without the need for an additional design cycle. 

During the development of Clean Air Power’s production solution, Automotive Mechatronics was hired as an independent assessor to test the safety critical Dual-Fuel™ engine control algorithms.  This formed part of Clean Air Power’s software process improvement and capability determination (SPICE) verification design cycle.

Clean Air Power has pioneered the move towards using natural gas to power vehicles by developing Dual-Fuel™ technologies that guarantee diesel engine performance, with significant cost savings and low carbon emissions.  Clean Air Power is an active technology developer with 63 patents held and pending.  Clean Air Power operates on a global scale, with customers in the US, UK and most recently Australia.

Automotive Mechatronics provides products and services for the control and calibration of low carbon and hybrid electric vehicles.  Automotive Mechatronics is a system integrator for MotoHawk providing technical support within Europe.

Automotive Mechatronics Press Release 110316

Friday, 1 October 2010

Revolve Technologies selects MotoHawk control for low carbon demonstrator vehicles

Revolve Technologies Ltd has developed technology to convert existing gasoline engines into bi-fuel for the purposes of reducing CO2 tailpipe emissions.  This allows an engine to use compressed hydrogen gas fuel, yet retain its existing gasoline system without any adverse effects.  Several demonstration vehicles have been commissioned to show that hydrogen as a fuel, and the associated equipment, is practical and efficient.  The concept is expected to accelerate the availability of CO2 free, hydrogen-fuelled commercial vehicles operating in Britain. 
The conversion features a 2.3 litre four cylinder petrol engine, to which is added a belt-driven supercharger with intercooler.  This provides additional combustion air under pressure when the fuel mode switch is selected to hydrogen only.  The engine retains its conventional spark ignition system. 

A MotoHawk control system is used for the hydrogen fuelled engine control.  The hydrogen fuel is stored in three tanks below the vehicle floor.  This installation gives an estimated range between 85 miles for the urban cycle and 100 miles for open highway running.  Importantly, the location and configuration of the tanks allows the retention of the volume and load height of the base vehicle, with no intrusion or interference within the load space.  The advantage of bi-fuel is that the vehicle can run on existing gasoline infrastructure whilst a hydrogen fuel infrastructure is established.

Revolve Technologies Ltd selected MotoHawk control as they had previous experience with the system and wanted production hardware so they could migrate to low volume production without the need for an additional design cycle. 

Automotive Mechatronics Ltd supplied MotoHawk control for the bi-fuel demonstrator vehicles partly funded by Cenex and the Technology Strategy Board.

Revolve Technologies Ltd serves a diverse portfolio of multi-tier automotive and non-automotive clients across a broad spectrum of industries including car and commercial vehicle, transportation, infrastructure, agriculture, defence and energy.

Automotive Mechatronics Ltd provides products and services for the control and calibration of low carbon and hybrid electric vehicles.

Automotive Mechatronics Press Release 101001

Thursday, 26 August 2010

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