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Engine imageEfficiency Improvements in Generating Sets

KTA Partnership Development Award

Dept of Mechanical Engineering and Cummins Ltd.
Dr Kevin Robinson and Dr Chris Brace
The Project

A Partnership Development Award to assist Cummins to increase the fuel efficiency of their generating sets (composed of an internal combustion engine linked to an electrical generator).  Cummins Power Systems is a world leader in diesel engine design and supply. They are keen to improve the fuel efficiency of their electrical generators to enhance their market position and to enable their customers to benefit from fuel savings and reduced carbon dioxide emissions.  The team at Bath has expertise in this area and will apply a systems engineering approach to identify potential areas for reducing the loss of energy as heat.
Potential Benefits

  • Reduction in the amount of waste heat energy
  • Reduction in fuel required to convert into electricity
  • Greater potential to convert waste energy into electricity
  • Reduction in carbon dioxide emissons
  • Greater efficiency improvements
  • Development of market position and employment
  • Technology transfer of University expertise