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.
TAGGED: cars, fuel efficiency, lasers