VanDyne SuperTurbo chosen by Cummins for DOE Super Truck Program

  • 20-Aug-2010 03:54 EDT

VanDyne SuperTurbo Inc. has signed a contract with Cummins Inc. to develop more fuel-efficient Class 8 trucks using VanDyne SuperTurbochargers. The agreement is part of the Super Truck program, a cost-sharing initiative between the Department of Energy (DOE) and the private sector. Under the agreement, Cummins and VanDyne will work together to develop a VanDyne SuperTurbocharger for a Cummins engine. The U.S. Army SBIR Program also recently awarded VanDyne a Phase I research contract for its SuperTurbocharger (http://www.sae.org/mags/sohe/8256). The technology captures waste heat in the exhaust and adds it back on top of the engine’s power, increasing both fuel efficiency and power in internal-combustion engines. The SuperTurbocharger combines the low-end torque of a supercharger with higher power than a turbocharger, together with the efficiency gains of turbo-compounding. If successful, the agreement may result in VanDyne SuperTurbochargers going into high-volume production in the future. Cummins was awarded $39 million under the Super Truck program to specifically develop more fuel-efficient Class 8 trucks. The goal is to improve vehicle freight efficiency by 50% through advanced and highly efficient engine systems and other technologies.

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