Return of the Steam Engine Auto?

Engine generares steam by using 'porous burner' that uses gasoline, natural gas or other fuels with reduced pollution.

Published: 12-Mar-2001

DETROIT, March 7 (Reuters) - Steam-powered cars haven't been popular since the beginning of the 20th century, but a German company believes steam engines might be the answer to 21st century pollution problems.

In a paper presented at the Society of Automotive Engineers conference here this week, engineers from IAV Gmbh of Berlin outlined their tests of a new steam engine that creates a good deal of power with little pollution.

The engine generates steam by using a "porous burner" -- essentially a block with small holes that burns fuel without an open flame. IAV says the porous burner can be made into several shapes and can burn natural gas, gasoline and other fuels.

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