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As part of Dana's proprietary process, a synchronized microwave source feeds short microwave pulses into the engine through a modified spark plug to ignite the fuel/air mixture. No additional modifications are required to run the engine. The modified spark plug not only ignites the fuel/air mixture, but also radiates microwave energy into the cylinder for enhanced, more complete combustion to improve efficiency. The presence of the microwave field during the combustion process can also modify chemical reactions to reduce engine emissions.
"This recent application of Dana's AtmoPlas technology is just the latest of many exciting possibilities we have discovered for this program," said Chuck Heine, president of Technology Development at Dana. "This novel method for using microwave energy to enhance fuel ignition has the potential to substantially change the internal combustion engine."