SAAB AUTOMOBILE RECEIVES DISCOVER MAGAZINE INNOVATION AWARD FOR ENGINE THAT REDUCES FUEL CONSUMPTION AND EXHAUST EMISSIONS
NEW YORK-Saab was presented with the 2001 Discover Magazine Innovation Award for transportation for its work on the Saab Combustion Control (SCC) engine concept. This environmentally friendly system cuts carbon dioxide, hydrocarbon, and nitrogen oxide emissions while reducing fuel consumption by up to 10 percent - all without compromising performance levels.
Discover Magazine honors Saab for superior levels of ingenuity
Now in its 12th year, Discover Magazine Awards acknowledge the creativity and ingenuity in a variety of categories such as environment, health, communications, and transportation. Saab was chosen to receive the 2001 Innovation Award for the transportation category.
The ceremony took place June 12 at the Manhattan Center in New York and was attended by members of the media, magazine staff, industry experts, and over 150 New York City-area students. Eric Olofsson, Combustion and Gas Exchange Manager for Saab Automobile AB, was present to accept the award for Saab.
Saab Combustion Control engine offers a smart, clean alternative
The SCC is a new engine control system concept developed to lower fuel consumption while radically reducing exhaust emissions, without impairing engine performance. By mixing a large volume of exhaust gases into the combustion process, Saab's fuel consumption can be reduced by up to 10 percent.
Exhaust emissions are lowered enough to comply with the California Ultra Low Emission Vehicle 2 (ULEV2) requirements, set to take effect in 2005. Compared to today's Saab engines with equivalent perfommance, this will reduce the carbon dioxide and hydrocarbon emissions by almost half, and will cut the nitrogen oxide emissions by 75 percent.
"We are very excited about bringing smart, clean engine alternatives to our customers in the future," said Dan Chasins, President and Chief Operating Officer of Saab Cars USA. "Our engineers are continuously working to improve the efficiency and performance of our vehicles."
An engine that recycles its own exhausts
The premise behind the SCC system is that the engine digests its own exhausts and requires lower clean air intake levels. After each round of combustion, the engine traps a little exhaust in each cylinder. The hot, oxygen-depleted gas expands to fill a portion of the cylinder, and therefore demands less clean air and fuel for the following combustion cycle.
SCC developed by Saab
The SCC concept has been developed at the Saab Engine Development Department, which also serves as the Center of Expertise for the development of turbocharged gasoline engines for the GM Group. The variable spark gap in the SCC system is a further development of the spark-to-piston concept that Saab unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1995.
The SCC is a global engine concept that meets the demands in the U.S., where the greatest emphasis is placed on limiting the nitrogen oxide and hydrocarbon emissions, and also those in Europe, where greater emphasis is placed on the carbon dioxide emissions. All markets are seeking more