Enerpulse Technologies has secured an OEM purchase agreement from Raider Outboards for its Nano-Plasma Assisted Combustion (n-PAC) spark plugs.
Raider Outboards was awarded a contract by the Department of Defense to provide marine engines that must run efficiently on multiple battlefield fuels, according to the company.
“We were up against some pretty big names in the marine power industry. One of the primary reasons we were awarded this contract was our ability to efficiently light and burn the JP-8 fuel using Enerpulse’s n-PAC spark plugs,” said Chris Woodruff, director of Raider Outboards.
Enerpulse has designed an application-specific n-PAC spark plug for Raider Outboards that features the same patented capacitor found in its Pulstar spark plug line and uses materials designed to hold up in rough, saltwater conditions, including complete submersion, the company noted.
“Our spark plug uses an integrated parallel capacitor to create a powerful pulse of energy that forms a non-equilibrium energy-dense plasma field. This plasma assists combustion by molecularly exciting the fuel mixture, making it easier to ignite and burning it more efficiently,” said Lou Camilli, chief technology officer for Enerpulse Technologies.
Raider Outboards is a privately held company headquartered in Titusville, Florida, that develops and manufactures multi-fuel, submersible outboard engines.