NAIT instructor reinvents the internal combustion engine
Few of us are truly efficient. Not when compared to Ross Taylor, at least.
Besides being a full-time Computer Engineering Technology instructor at NAIT, he’s a farmer, pastor, new grandfather, a self-learner of mechanical engineering, and the chaser of a dream to invent a machine designed – surprise, surprise – to achieve greater efficiency.
“It’s just go, go, go,” he says. “I don’t ever stop until I go to bed.”
With grants from novaNAIT (which facilitates applied research across NAIT) and NAIT’s School of Information Communication and Engineering Technologies, Taylor’s drive has produced what could prove a major advancement for the transportation industry: a prototype for an internal combustion engine roughly 125 per cent more efficient than a current V8 engine. The key to his design is a circular configuration of pistons that allows for more energy per stroke with less wear.
With electric cars (roughly 300 per cent more efficient) and hybrids (about 35 per cent better) on the rise, the question is, why bother?
From Taylor’s vantage point, the internal combustion engine, a technology with roots in the mid-17th century, can achieve the same goal of saving fuel and even do it better for the foreseeable future.
In particular, he believes electrics cost too much to build, and are slow to win over consumers who “don’t want to be tied to an extension cord” or are seeking real sustainability. After all, more than 40 per cent of Alberta’s electricity comes from coal.
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