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Wisconsin Engine Research Consultants (WERC), LLC Awarded $2.6 Million from ARPA-E for Transformational Energy Technology

Spark-Assisted HCCI Residential Generator - Wisconsin Engine Research Consultants and its research partners (Briggs and Stratton, the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Engine Research Center, and Adiabatics Inc.) will develop a CHP system using a low-temperature, high-efficiency internal combustion engine that incorporates an advanced spark-assisted homogenous charge compression ignition (SA-HCCI) system. Novel thermal barrier coatings developed by partner Adiabatics, Inc. will be used to reduce heat losses. An optimized combustion chamber and low-friction power cylinder will also be employed to increase efficiency and reduce emissions. Further, a pressure wave supercharger or novel crankcase-based boosting system will be used to increase intake air pressure and increased efficiency.

About WERC

  • WERC, LLC was founded in 1999 by Prof. Rolf Reitz and Prof. Chris Rutland of the Engine Research Center, University of Wisconsin - Madison.
  • The company was created to encourage the use of computer modeling within the engine industry and speed the transfer of advanced developments from the University environment to the industry.
  • WERC provides an environment where proprietary work with industry can be undertaken with confidence.
  • WERC has a unique combination of people, talents, and resources that can provide accurate, timely, and cost conscious modeling support. The collective group represents broad range of experiences, from decades of academic and research experience to years of industry experience and practical engine development knowledge.