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Issue 475, 21 January 2002

Winning formula

A method of monitoring engine performance described as 'revolutionary' by industry experts has secured electronic and electrical engineering lecturer Dr Greg Horler 250,000 venture capital to develop its commercial potential.

Dr Horler's system fits directly inside the piston, allowing data on temperature, forces and pressure to be monitored and accurately analysed. The system is wireless, and also contains a miniature power generator which uses the motion of the piston to recharge the power supply. The improved data which the system provides will allow the automotive system to speed up its development time on new, more efficient and powerful engines.

A new spin-out company, Instrumentel Ltd, has been set up through Leeds Innovations Ltd to develop and market the system with a 250,000 investment by the White Rose Technology Seedcorn Fund. Instrumentel is already working on piston telemetry systems for Formula 1 racing cars, and for the mass automotive market.

For more details, see the press release

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