With only a few weeks to go until the first public unveiling of the highly anticipated Scuderi Engine, the Scuderi Group announced today it has secured patent protection for its critical valve technologies. The company now has more than 200 patents, including 72 issued in more than 50 countries in its global patent portfolio.
The latest patents represent further protection of the engine’s intellectual property as the Scuderi Group enters an important time for the technology and its licensing efforts.
"The valve train is one of the most critical parts of a working engine, which is why these patents are so significant to the progress of the Scuderi Engine," said Scuderi Group Vice President and Patent Attorney Stephen Scuderi. "The better the valve train works, the better the engine works. These latest patents cover the technology allowing the Scuderi Engine to run in all conditions."
Three Scuderi Engine valve technologies recently patented worldwide:
Valve Seating Control Device that adjusts valve speed to prevent wear and damage in a camless split-cycle engine
Valve Lash Adjustments that adjust valve speed to prevent wear and damage in a cam-driven system
Valve Seat Insert designed to accommodate the high impact stress of outwardly opening valves in the Scuderi Split-Cycle Engine
On Saturday, February 28, Boston University’s School of Management hosted a panel discussion titled "The Future of Transportation." Scuderi Group President Sal Scuderi joined diverse panel members from Putnam Investments, CDM Inc. and KEMA, along with the Dean of the BU School of Management. The panel offered students in a healthy exchange on the global energy industry.
Scuderi Group Vice President of Marketing and Sales Nick Scuderi recently participated in the SAE's annual Hybrid Symposium in San Diego. Even with the cloud of doom and gloom hovering over the automotive industry, the event was very well attended and discussions mostly centered on engineering solutions and less on fiscal restructuring. It was very apparent that engineers are feeling the pressure to innovate. From all the presentations and lobby chit chat, it's clear that the industry is struggling to get the lithium's battery's energy density up and cost down, as well as increasing the overall life of the battery. This is a major challenge for the market and will be difficult to overcome, which many OEMs around the world have recognized and have since abandoned plans to invest in electric-powered vehicles. Further, many stated that it's difficult for a consumer to purchase a hybrid electric vehicle unless fuel costs are north of $7 per gallon. And with the price of gas lower than last year, sales of electric hybrids have also dropped significantly. Other experts described the automotive industry as one that is under pressure to look at all ways to decrease green house gas emissions, including other ideas to downsize such as turbo charged gasoline engines and other forms of hybrids. The Scuderi Air-Hybrid Engine design was often referenced as one such solution. With its potential historical gains in efficiency as well as the the prospect of emitting up to 80 percent less toxins than any vehicle on the road today, the Scuderi Air-Hybrid will help the OEMs reach their environmental goals quicker - and at a far less expense than other hybrid technologies. Major OEMs continue to see the Scuderi technology as a key solution to the major challenges being faced. As most of the talk at the symposium obviously centered around the Air-Hybrid components, anticipation was definitely evident as many anxiously await the official unveiling of the first prototype of the Scuderi Engine on April 20 in Detroit. It is the base split-cycle Scuderi Engine that will enable the air-hybrid and turbo-charged elements to achieve the most significant efficiency and emission gains.
By Frank Langfitt, February 23, 2009
After years of producing gas guzzlers, automakers are focusing more on electric vehicles. At auto shows across the country, the companies are rolling out a variety of electric vehicles. They may pay off one day, but making electric vehicles affordable and practical will take years.
When Fully Developed, Engine Expected to be Most Significant Advancement in Internal Combustion in Over 130 Years
February 9, 2009 – After several years of extensive research, development, and patent preparation, the Scuderi Group announced today the assembly of the proof-of-concept prototype for its Scuderi Split-Cycle Engine. The highly anticipated prototype will undergo further testing and analysis and will be officially unveiled to the automotive industry April 20 at the 2009 SAE World Congress in Detroit.
The one-liter, naturally aspirated gasoline prototype is expected to produce up to 80% less toxins than a typical internal combustion engine. And when fully developed with its turbo charged and air hybrid components, it is expected to achieve significant gains in fuel efficiency – the most since the inception of the Otto Cycle over 130 year ago. The introduction of the Scuderi Split-Cycle technology to the engine manufacturing industry is significant because it gives OEMs a new, cleaner burning solution to comply with tough emissions and efficiency standards going into effect around the world – without having to make significant investments to retool or modify current production processes. The original Scuderi Engine design was invented by Carmelo Scuderi (1925-2002).
The Scuderi Group expects further advancement of the technology once the greater engineering community begins working with the engine and makes modifications and improvements that will most likely take the efficiency to even higher levels.
"This is a very important milestone for the Scuderi group as well as the Scuderi family,” said Sal Scuderi, president of the Scuderi Group. “This has been seven years in the making and we’re only just beginning to realize the potential that this technology holds. We are eager to conclude licensing discussions with OEMs, so we can see the engine come to life in a variety of vehicles and finally be able to give the driving public a more fuel-efficient and environmentally-friendly driving option."
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The basic Scuderi Engine is a split-cycle design that divides the four strokes of a conventional combustion cycle over two paired cylinders: one intake/compression cylinder and one power/exhaust cylinder. Additionally, by firing after top-dead center, it produces highly efficient, clean combustion with one cylinder and compressed air in the other. Unlike conventional engines that require two revolutions to complete a single combustion cycle, the Scuderi Engine’s combustion cycle is completed once per revolution. Besides the improvements in efficiency and emissions, test results have shown that the Scuderi Engine is capable of producing more torque than conventional gasoline and diesel engines.
New Highly Efficient Scuderi Split Cycle Air Hybrid Engine - Motorsport Engineer
The Scuderi Group in West Springfield, Massachusetts, has recently developed the "Scuderi Split Cycle Air Hybrid Engine" (catchy I know). It is effectively a split-cycle internal combustion engine, but its revolutionary design has modified the common Otto cycle and instead of being only 33% efficient as most engines are, this new system is (in testing) claiming to reach efficiency levels of 40% far and above any other internal combustion engine, and best of all at this level up-to 80% of the toxic and atmosphere damaging gases are not present.
Scuderi gets more support for development - Automotive Engineering
The Scuderi Group says it has received over $20 million in additional private funding for the continued development of its internal combustion engine, bringing the total amount of funds raised to date to over $35 million.
Scuderi Group lands $20M for combustion engine tech"> - Mass high Tech
The Scuderi Group LLC, the developer of a new kind of fuel-efficient internal combustion engine, has landed $20 million in a new round of private funding. While the company did not release the names of specific investors, the new funding brings the company’s total to $35 million since its inception in 2002.
'Going green' needs personal commitment - Springfield Republican via Green Topics
America is addicted. We are so used to our comfortable way of life. It is much easier for us to drive ourselves to work instead of tacking 10 minutes on to our commute by taking public transportation.
Funding for new engine revs up -Springfield Republican The Scuderi Group has raised an additional $20 million in private funding to develop and market what the company says is a new, highly fuel efficient internal combustion engine.
President Barack Obama is expected to grant a waiver allowing California and some other states to enforce their own greenhouse-gas emission standards on autos.
According to the LA Times, this move would obligate automakers to produce cars that are far more efficient than those called for under current federal standards.
The Scuderi Group recognizes that automotive manufacturers are under tremendous pressure due to the current global economic crisis and sharply lower sales of vehicles. With more stringent fuel emissions regulations now likely, the industry will face even greater challenges in the months and years ahead.
Now more than ever, the Scuderi Group believes that auto manufacturers must embrace technological solutions that are cost-effective and practical, yet offer significant improvements in terms of both greater engine efficiency and lower emissions.
The Scuderi Group offers the Scuderi Engine as a practical alternative to electric hybrids, hydrogen-powered engines and other existing and nascent engine technologies.
The Scuderi Engine incorporates a unique split-cycle piston design that promises both efficiency gains and reduced emissions. No costly batteries or electric systems are required. Equally important from the automotive industry’s bottom line perspective, minimal retooling will be necessary to manufacture the Scuderi Engine.
A prototype of the Scuderi Engine has already been assembled. The working prototype will be unveiled at the Society for Automotive Engineers World Congress in Detroit this April.
We strongly believe that our timing couldn’t be better – for the health of the planet and for the global automotive industry at large.
WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. USA – Jan. 19, 2009 – The Scuderi Group, developers of what is expected to be the world’s most fuel efficient internal combustion engine, announced today that it has received over $20 million in additional private funding. This brings the total amount of funds raised to date to over $35 million.
The Scuderi Engine is an entirely new internal combustion process that could be the most significant improvement in engine efficiency in over 130 years. It is a split-cycle design that divides the four strokes of a standard engine over a paired combination of one (intake/compression) cylinder and one (power/exhaust) cylinder. The two cylinders are connected by a cross-over chamber with high-speed valves that allow each piston and cylinder to perform their respective functions independently.
And by firing after top-dead center, it produces highly efficient and clean-burning combustion with one cylinder and compressed air with the other. These two cylinders perform their respective functions once per crankshaft revolution. Besides the efficiency gains and reduced emissions, early testing shows the Scuderi Engine having considerably more torque and power than conventional gasoline and diesel engines on the road today.
“This latest infusion of investment allows us to continue developing the Scuderi Engine concept as well as accelerate our efforts to communicate the engine’s science and value to OEMs around the world,” said Sal Scuderi, president of the Scuderi Group. “We’ve only just begun to see what this technology can do and this round of funding will help us push our innovation even further.”
A working model of the engine’s first prototype is scheduled to be unveiled to the automotive industry in April at the SAE World Congress in Detroit.