BSST, a subsidiary of Amerigon Incorporated, a company that markets products based upon thermoelectric technology, is entering the fifth phase of testing an energy system that would allow an automobile to capture it’s own engine exhaust and recycle it into electric power.
The project has received funding from the US Department of Energy, as well as assistance from BMW, Ford, UC Santa Cruz, The National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and the California Institute of Technology’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The first four phases of the effort have shown a possible fuel savings of up to 12% with the new technology, and the system was most recently tested on a BMW six-cylinder engine. The completion date for the entire project is set for March 31, 2010.
The system could also be used with an electric car powered by solar energy, as it generates kinetic energy while traveling over roads, using wind as a source of power as well.
[via Clean Technica]