As car makers turn to electric cars to cut emissions, a German start-up company is promising their microwave ignition technology can cut fuel consumption by 30 per cent.
There are plenty of claims that ICE engines are dead as car makers move to electrification to deliver low-emission cars, and with governments around the world plotting bans on the sale of ICE cars the claims seem entirely plausible.
But some car makers are fighting back with ICE engines which are far more efficient – like Mazda’s SKYACTIV-X compression ignition for petrol cars – and it’s entirely possible that technological advances will extend the life of the ICE engine beyond the current claims of its imminent demise.
One such technological innovation comes from a German startup, MWI Micro Wave Ignition AG, which claims its microwave ignition system can cut fuel consumption by 30 per cent, and make a big dent in emissions of NOX, CO, CO2, HC and PM too.
MWI is now in the process of looking for backers to move its technology in to the mainstream, but its shareholders already include former Porsche CEO Wendelin Wiedeking – the man credited with turning Porsche in to the force it now is – so there’s credibility to the business prospect for the tech.
MWI are convinced their microwave ignition is a properly disruptive technology, delivering big cuts in fuel consumption and emissions by igniting fuel more comprehensively and at a lower temperature, and can be fitted to existing engines.
One to watch.