X Diesel Engines
LiquidPiston has built functional proof-of-principle 70 and 40 HP diesel engine prototypes (X1 and X2), which have demonstrated initial operating capabilities of the engine architecture.
These diesel engine prototypes, are capable of running for a short time at light load, and demonstrate compression ignition of diesel or JP-8 fuel, and net indicated efficiency of 33% (at light-load), which compares to ~30-40% efficiency in this size range of diesel engines at part-load. Intended as proof-of-principle demonstrators to show the engine is capable of running, these initial prototypes were designed without cooling systems.
A standard 35 HP diesel engine (left) next to LiquidPiston’s 40HP diesel engine (right)