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Neo Power A Supersonic Wave Engine (SWE) may sound like technology more suited to a science-fiction movie than to today’s reality. But Neo Power’s SWE is the real thing – an engine that taps bio-mechanical processes such as a pulsing heart and swimming fish to produce a next generation engine light-years ahead of internal combustion.
Conventional engines and turbines suffer significant overall losses, low efficiency, and high emissions of CO2. Neo Power’s SWE gets around these drawbacks by producing electricity via supersonic detonation pulses - instead of fast combustion of fuels, the SWE relies on faster detonation of fuel.
The wave converter then transfers the power produced to a generator. Using fuels such as methane and propane, the SWE’s fuel efficiency is 40-45% higher than conventional combustion engines and turbines.
This greater efficiency translates into reduced CO2 emissions. And New Power’s SWE can be powered by natural gas, methane, or biogas, in addition to hydrogen.
Where could a Supersonic Wave Engine be deployed? Just about anywhere, but New Power sees the following as the highest potential initial markets:
• Mobile power generators fueled by natural gas, biogas or hydrogen
• Automobile engines fuelled by natural gas, biogas or hydrogen
• Flare gas recovery plants
• Ship engines and on-board generator sets
If Neo Power’s SWE technology were to be used by only 10% of its potential customers, it could reduce CO2 emissions by more than 50 million tonnes per year by 2020 – reaching full potential would reduce CO2 by an astonishing 500 million tonnes per year.*
In order to pursue product development and commercialization and transition from research company to technology company, Neo Power intends to significantly boost its work force in order to pursue its significant opportunities.
The current growth market for electrical power generation at distributed power plants offers a primary market opportunity. By developing SWEs for this market as well as ship, truck and automobile engines operating on flexible fuels like natural gas, biogas and hydrogen, Neo Power intends to establish a competitive business as well as contribute to significant CO2 reductions. Neo Power is also in a cooperative development project with Siemens on linear generators using Siemen’s Linear Motor technology.
Barriers and Challenges
The major barriers for SWE technology today are inherent conservatism and protectionism in industries dominated by conventional internal combustion engines, and the lack of real support from policy makers. Communicating the competitive advantages and economic and environmental benefits of SWEs is vital for a successful introduction of the technology to the market, as is support from policy makers.
Neo Power Technology was established in 2003, by Peter Grubyi and Magomet Sagov after carrying out successful proof-of-concept prototype tests. Sagov’s research in classical and quantum physics and in biophysics led to the development of the Supersonic Wave Engine. The company has six employees at present; three researches with Ph.D degrees, a highly qualified machine designer, and financial and project management experts, and is cooperating with a leading U.S. research institute on projects in pulse detonation.
Neo Power Technology
Power generation, automobile industry
Supersonic wave engine: New technology for generation of electrical power
- 50 million tonnes of CO2 emissions per year by 2020*
Peter Grubyi, CEO & Founder
Magomet Sagov, CTO
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