Friday, April 22, 2011

Laser igniters could spell the end for the humble spark plug -- Gizmag

Laser igniters could spell the end for the humble spark plug -- Gizmag

Reposted from Gizmag.com

 Internal combustion engines are likely to remain in widespread use for some time yet, but it's possible that we may be bidding adieu to that most iconic of engine parts, the spark plug. Researchers from Japan's National Institutes of Natural Sciences (NINS) are creating laser igniters that could one day replace spark plugs in automobile engines. Not only would these lasers allow for better performance and fuel economy, but cars using them would also create less harmful emissions.

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