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EBDI: Ricardo develops technology to optimize ethanol-powered engines’ performance

Ricardo Inc. claims to have developed a new technology that optimizes ethanol-fuelled engines to a level of performance that exceeds petrol engine efficiency and approaches levels previously reached only by diesel engines. Called ‘Ethanol Boosted Direct Injection’ (EBDI), this technology takes advantage of ethanol’s best properties – higher octane and higher heat of vaporization – to create a renewable fuel scenario that is independent of the cost of oil. Work on this research project was carried out at the Detroit Technology Campus of Ricardo Inc.

‘We’ve moved past theoretical discussion and are busy applying renewable energy technology to the real world,’ says Ricardo Inc. President, Dean Harlow...

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