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Creating the clean diesel engine


June 4, 2004

Ron Kukler has spent 30 years as a combustion engineer, before he had a specific need - he wanted a lightweight diesel engine for a high-speedboating application and available motors were too heavy, too noisy, too expensive, or vibrated too much, and they were all imported. So he decided to create his own.

The end-result may yet play a role in the history of the internal combustion engine as the two-stage injector has resulted in not only a 30% power increase and a 30% reduction in fuel consumption, it has reduced diesel emmissions by 97% and is capable of meeting both US and European 2008 emmission requirements. The entire system including the pressure pump is included in the injector itself, as it is self-energising, using the pressure in the combustion chamber for power.

The two stage injector offers additional benefits over existing diesel engines - it significantly reduces combustion noise and vibration too.

Ron recently became a joint winner of the Australian Design Awards' Invention of the Year Award 2003 for his invention - follow the links below for further information or contact Ron via email at ron@vandanickships.com

About the Author
Mike Hanlon Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks. All articles by Mike Hanlon
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