Pulstar Pulse Plugs Have a Built-In Capacitor
Albuquerque-based Enerpulse offers Pulstar brand spark plugs it says have integrated capacitors and can enhance the performance of natural gas engines. It’s “the first real breakthrough in automotive spark plug technology” in more than 120 years, the company says.
The integrated capacitor “stores and compresses electrical energy to intensify the spark,” boosting both fuel economy and engine performance, “a revolutionary benefit unattainable by any conventional spark plug.”
Third-party tests have shown engine performance and fuel economy gains averaging 6%, the company says.
Sandia and Amoco
The technology stems from work at the Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico, and the polymer division of Amoco. “Patents were issued in 2001 and the Pulstar Pulse Plug was introduced to the automotive markets in 2007.”
“Simplicity, effectiveness and 16 issued patents give Pulstar the potential to obsolete 20 percent of the one billion spark plugs sold each year.”
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Source: Enerpulse with Fleets & Fuels follow-up