The Seeker is exploring innovations that may radically reduce pollutant emissions from internal combustion engine (ICE) powered vehicles. In order to achieve the goal of reducing emission of pollutants to zero, the Seeker is asking Solvers for novel ideas and innovative technology concepts that are capable of significantly reducing or eliminating the tailpipe emissions from gasoline, diesel, or advanced concept engine vehicles.
Internal combustion engines (ICE) burn fuel to produce power. In addition to power, this process also produces standard combustion products such as carbon dioxide (CO2) and water (H2O), as well as a range of undesirable pollutants emitted through the tailpipe. Depending on the type of fuel used, these pollutants may include oxides of nitrogen (NOx), carbon monoxide (CO), hydrocarbons (including methane, CH4), particulates (soot), oxides of sulfur (SOx), volatile organic compounds (VOC), and secondary pollutants such as N2O and NH3. A great deal of research and development has taken place over the past decades to reduce the emission of these pollutants from ICE powered vehicles resulting in significant advances such as catalytic converters and particle traps. Despite all of these efforts even greater advances are necessary to reach the ultimate goal of net zero pollutant emissions. The Seeker is currently exploring a number of new technologies in combustion, catalysis, and capture that could radically reduce pollutant emissions from ICE powered vehicles but they are seeking additional novel ideas and innovative technology concepts to explore. Solutions may target conventional gasoline and/or diesel engines as well as advanced concepts such as GCI (gasoline compression ignition) or hybrid applications, and should address reduction of tailpipe emissions of the targeted pollutants (preferably NOx, CO and hydrocarbons, but solutions addressing particulates, SOx, VOC, N2O and NH3 shall also be considered.)