Dependable Power, Less Fuel
The Intelline Modular Linear Generator (MLG) offers the dependable and safe power production you expect from diesel engines, in a revolutionary new package. With our patent pending 4-stroke opposed piston combustion chamber and excellent load matching capability, the MLG system uses up to 40% less fuel than current state of the art generators.
Drag the sliders to see cost savings resulting from the lower fuel consumption of an Intelline MLG system over a traditional diesel generator.*
Hours of use per day
*Fuel consumption compared with average modern diesel generators operating at 100% Load, 365 days per year. Diesel price per liter used = $0.50/L. Additional savings from active load matching features not included in calculation. Actual savings may vary.
Continuously Adaptive Volume Intelligent Engine (CAVIE™)
CAVIE™ modules are the heart of the modular linear generator. Conventional engine technology has a limited ability to adapt to changing conditions and loading demands; therefore, efficiency in real world use suffers. CAVIE™ modules can adjust key physical parameters of the generator (displacement, compression, valve lift and timing, fuel injection) to maintain high combustion efficiency across a wide range of loading. Multiple CAVIE™ modules can be combined together for higher maximum output, and even greater load matching capability as individual modules can deactivate completely when not needed.
How are CAVIE™ modules so efficient?
4-stroke combustion cycle.
While opposed piston engines offer significant efficiency gains, it becomes difficult to include valves required for an efficient 4-stroke combustion cycle. Intelline's patent pending piston-centric valves allow us to combine the benefits of an opposed piston engine with a 4-stroke cycle in a simple and compact package.
Variable displacement and valve timing.
The MLG linear engine is not constrained by a traditional crankshaft and connecting rods, and with our Intelline Reconfigurable Linear Electric Motors (RLEMs) the MLG can actively vary its displacement to efficiently match power output to the demands of the load. Furthermore, our pneumatically actuated valvetrain offers full timing and lift control, for optimal flow in varying conditions.
Lower parasitic losses.
The higher thermal efficiency of the MLG reduces demands on supporting components. For example, lower heat rejection allows a smaller and more efficient coolant pump. Lower fuel consumption also reduces fuel pump demands. Additionally, the MLG is a virtually oil-free engine, negating the need for an oil pump (and oil changes!)
Eliminate rotating component friction.
In a common diesel engine, 10-15% of energy is wasted in mechanical friction. The MLG is a linear engine, meaning combustion energy is converted into electricity directly through linear electric generators. This engine layout eliminates most frictional components in an engine, including crankshaft, connecting rods, camshafts, and rocker arms.
Opposed piston combustion chamber.
Most engines have a single piston per cylinder and a combustion chamber enclosed by a cylinder head. An opposed piston engine has two mirror image pistons sharing a cylinder. Effectively a cylinder head is replaced by another piston, which can extract more useful work from combustion instead of thermal loss. Additionally, two pistons per cylinder allows for lower piston speeds and higher combustion efficiency.
CAVIE™ modules can adjust displacement, compression, valve timing, and more on the fly, to maintain high combustion efficiency even at low loads.
Flexible Fuel Options
The ability to adjust displacement and compression allows multi-fuel equipped systems to switch fuel types at any time. The CAVIE™ architecture makes it easy to retrofit new fuel systems in the future as well.
CAVIE™ modules use a pressurized air bearing system instead of traditional oil lubrication, allowing for longer operating time between routine service.