April 25, 2011

Lasers Could Replace Spark Plugs in Car Engines

Jason Palmer, BBC News


Car engines could soon be fired by lasers instead of spark plugs, researchers say.

A team at the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics will report on 1 May that they have designed lasers that could ignite the fuel/air mixture in combustion engines.

The approach would increase efficiency of engines, and reduce their pollution, by igniting more of the mixture.

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TAGGED: Cars, Fuel Efficiency, Lasers