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University of Brighton gets grant to develop ultra-efficient engines

A £1m grant to develop efficient combustion engines and fuels has been awarded to the University of Brighton.

The university is leading a project to find ways to achieve a 20% to 33% reduction in fuel consumption, using new fuels from sustainable sources.

Researchers said the ultra-efficient engines would enable the vehicles to produce near-zero emissions.

The team is working with Oxford and Brunel universities and University College London on the project.

More than £3m of the funding for the £4m project comes from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. Firms including Jaguar Land Rover, Ricardo, Delphi and BP are supporting the scheme.

The University of Brighton said it would use part of its £1m share of the funding to purchase single-cylinder combustion engine to test new combustion systems and fuels.

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