We first got wind of the Scuderi Group and its split-cycle engine more than four years ago. At that time, it was showing off a concept for a split-cycle engine that, at least in theory, could dramatically improve engine efficiency. By splitting the four strokes of the Otto cycle between a pair of parallel cylinders, the split-cycle engine was claimed to reduce pumping losses. The Scuderi team has also been actively developing an "air-hybrid version that adds a high pressure compressed air accumulator to provide some regenerative braking capability."
Now, Scuderi has opened an office in Japan that will serve as the company's Asian headquarters. The group claims that the expansion is aimed at "accelerating its efforts to meet the growing demand" for its "advanced internal combustion engines." The Japan office is located in Nagoya, the nation's automotive epicenter.
On a related note, Scuderi recently demonstrated that a 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier equipped with a split-cycle air-hybrid engine consumed 36 percent less fuel than a comparable Cavalier powered by a conventional gasoline engine. Feel free to peruse the complete press release after the break.
Opens Japan Office, Hires Director of Asian Operations as Global Interest in Fuel-efficient Engine Design Expands
WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Feb. 14, 2011 - Scuderi Group, an engine development company that is re-engineering the conventional four-stroke engine to advance fuel-efficient engine design, today announced the opening of its new Japan office and hiring of a Director of Asian Operations, Deryk Langlais. The Japan office will operate as the Asian headquarters for the Scuderi Group, which is accelerating its efforts to meet the growing demand in the region for more advanced internal combustion engines.
The Japan office is located in Nagoya, the country's automotive hub and will serve as a regional base for the company to promote the viability of the ScuderiTM engine to address demands for improved fuel efficiency and reduced emissions. According to the Greater Nagoya Initiative Center, the area produces 44 percent of the country's automobiles. The Japan office is situated in the Aichi area of Nagoya, located at Dai 3 Horiuchi Bldg. 9F 4-6-23 Meieki Nakamura-ku.
The company also announced the appointment of Deryk Langlais as its new Director of Asian Operations to oversee the company's day-to-day operations and to guide sales and marketing efforts in the Asia Pacific region. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Langlais joins Scuderi Group with more than 15 years of experience in leading business development and strategic marketing activities for a variety of successful companies in Japan.
"The opening of our Asian office further expands Scuderi Group's global footprint, and puts us in a better position to take advantage of growing opportunities in the Asian engine markets," said Sal Scuderi, president of Scuderi Group. "Having Deryk on the team gives us better local representation to engage the growing interest in our technology."
(To hear a podcast interview with Sal Scuderi discussing the Asian expansion, please visit online at: http://www.scuderiengine.com/podcast-japan-office-opening.)
There are over 43 million internal combustion engines produced in Asia every year, with a majority of these engines produced for automotive applications where automakers continue to struggle to achieve higher fuel economy targets. In Japan for example, the government introduced regulations in 2007 that require OEMs to improve the fuel efficiency of their new vehicles by more than 23 percent over 2004 levels by 2015 - an average of 39 MPG. These fuel economy regulations challenge Japanese automakers to achieve a gain of roughly 10 percent by 2015.
The Scuderi engine is at the forefront of fuel-efficient engine design. Applying new thermal dynamic science to the standard internal combustion engine, the ScuderiTM split cycle and ScuderiTM Air-Hybrid designs have the potential to provide significant gains in fuel economy. Recent simulation tests on a naturally aspirated Scuderi Air-Hybrid operating in a 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier indicated that the engine consumes 36 percent less fuel. Converting to miles per gallon this equates to nearly a 50 percent gain. A highly efficient design with low engine complexity, the Scuderi engine is a cost-effective solution for Asian OEMs to keep pace with stricter fuel standards.
About the ScuderiTM Engine
The Scuderi engine divides the four strokes of a combustion cycle between two paired cylinders-the left cylinder functions as an air compressor, handling intake and compression, while the right cylinder handles combustion and exhaust. Key to Scuderi's split-cycle design is that it fires after top dead center. By optimizing the split-cycle concept, the engine when fully developed will reduce NOx emissions up to 80 percent and improve fuel efficiency by 50 percent, compared to a conventional gasoline engine. The engine requires one crankshaft revolution to complete a single combustion cycle and with is projected to have higher torque, thermodynamic efficiency, and lower emissions than possible with today's engines.
About Scuderi Group
Based in West Springfield, Mass., with offices in Frankfurt, Germany and Nagoya, Japan, Scuderi Group has developed a revolutionary engine technology anticipated to replace the standard internal combustion engine used in applications such as cars, trucks, lawnmowers, boats, agriculture equipment, etc. Securing $65M in funding to date, Scuderi Group's business model is to license its technology to qualified engine manufacturers worldwide. The company's global patent portfolio contains more than 476 patent applications filed and 154 issued in 50 countries. For more information please visit www.ScuderiEngine.com.