Anyone stopping by our main office in West Springfield these past few weeks could easily notice the energy level up a couple notches. And given the time of year, that can usually mean only one thing: The SAE World Congress event is next week!
As an update to last week's post on the Japan events, below is a letter from the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan, with more information on how individuals and organizations connected to Scuderi Group can donate to the Japan relief efforts.
The tragic events in Japan over the last five days have hit close to home for us here at Scuderi Group. Our Nagoya office is in tact and our colleague, Deryk Langlais, and his family were unharmed in the earthquakes and -- as of today -- unaffected by the latest nuclear developments. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the people of the region, especially our friends and colleagues at Honda Motor Corp. in Tochigi, which suffered serious damage.
One of the interesting things about inventing and developing a brand new thermodynamic process is the wonder and curiosity of the academic community that is increasingly studying how combustion is achieved using the Scuderi Split-Cycle™. We regularly receive inquires from students and professors around the world who seem fascinated by the workings of Scuderi thermodynamics.
Today marks another growth milestone for Scuderi Group. This morning we made the official announcement that we opened our first office in Japan and hired our new Director of Asian Operations, Deryk Langlais.
We always take certain positions when it comes to various technology issues and developments. So as you can imagine we often find ourselves sucked into the electric mobility discussion by the constant churn of media and rhetoric that has strangely made the "electric car" the symbol of Green Transportation. And it's always our position to really take no position except to point out the facts when asked since it really doesn't have anything to do with the Scuderi Engine. (Except when you take into account the benefits the Scuderi thermodynamics cycle would bring to an electric hybrid vehicle application..)
A report last night on PBS Newshour gave an extremely balanced look at the state of the electrical battery and its critical role it plays in the electric car's commercial success. The battery has made huge strides in size and efficiency over the last 50 years and automakers are churning out the latest plug-ins with hopes of finally hitting the mark for a marketplace winner.
Scuderi Group landed in Washington, DC, this week amid snow, runway closures, and a local population that seems to shut down at the first sight of winter weather. But the prototype model arrived on time and continues to draw a crowd. This week that includes government vehicle developers, military, and congressional personnel.
The Society of Automotive Engineers has been around for over 100 years and was born out of a fledgling industry faced with a new era of mechanical design challenges around the emerging motorized horse carriage. In the early 1900s there were dozens of automobile manufacturers in the United States, and many more worldwide. Many of these manufacturers and automobile parts companies joined trade groups that met their needs for promoting business and raising public awareness of this new form of transportation. A need for patent protection, common technical design problems, and the development of engineering standards was quickly emerging, however, and many engineers in the automobile business expressed a desire to have "free exchange of ideas" in order to expand their individual technical knowledge base. Thus the SAE was born. (Henry Ford was its first vice president.)
For as long as the Scuderi split-cycle concept has been in existence, we have constantly been asked the same question: "So, what kind of gas mileage would I get?"