Above: A 250 hp, 6-cylinder engine modified by Sonex
A tip of the hat today to AvWeb, who interviews Dr. Andrew Pouring of a company called Sonex. He and his staff developed a process called Sonex Controlled Auto Ignition.
By tweaking the pressure in piston cycles, one can modify an engine to burn most any type of fuel. AvWeb gives the example of burning Jet A in a piston aircraft, but it also could be used for other forms of diesel or even palm oil.
Listen to a podcast on the AvWeb site here. Read more from Sonex web site here.
According to the company, it wants to commercialize the process and is actively seeking investors to further the process to be used in UAVs and other military craft, in addition to private uses.