Issue: Jun 2007


One Step Closer in Realising the World's Most Efficient Internal Combustion Engine



by Lenny Case

NEVIS Engine Company announced that it has successfully closed its first round of seed funding to help the Company further test and develop awareness of its breakthrough patented technology incorporated within its first functioning prototype. The NEVIS (New Exhaust Valve & Intake System) engine is an innovative Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) that, within a single patented engine design, is estimated to nearly double the fuel efficiency attained by conventional ICE technologies.

At the heart of the NEVIS technology is both a new combustion cycle (the "Bortone Cycle," named after the engine's inventor, Cesare
Bortone) and a breakthrough engine design protected by two patents.

These innovations combined allow the engine to achieve near-perfect combustion at all levels of power demands (partial power demands of city driving versus full and constant power demands of highway driving). The engine's versatile design means it can be configured to be fuelled not only by gasoline but also by diesel, hydrogen and bio-fuels.

The Company believes that the NEVIS technology holds enormous potential because, to date, most industry players have focused on adding a second engine (as in today's hybrids with their electric
motors) at significant cost to overcome the inefficiencies of conventional internal combustion engines at varying power demands.

The NEVIS Engine Company Ltd. is a technology commercialisation company formed after the NEVIS Engine prototype went through its first successful bench test in 2006 (funded largely by Italian government grants). Capable of nearly doubling the fuel efficiency attained by conventional engines, its modular cylinder construction offers opportunities to enhance manufacturing efficiency while allowing a single facility to produce a wide range of engine sizes for varying power needs suited for diverse applications (automotive, aeronautic and marine). Its versatile design means it can be configured to be fuelled not only by gasoline, but also by diesel, hydrogen and bio-fuels.

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