Biodiesel in plans for future tests at Transonic

By Nicholas Zeman | June 09, 2009
Posted June 17, 2009

Transonic Combustion Inc., Camarillo, Calif., has received a lot of attention this past month after it completed its third round of capital fund raising with the help of high profile clean-tech investor, Khosla Ventures. "We feel pretty excited to have completed our third round of funding in the current economic environment," said Eric Sharp of Transonic. "We're doing some pretty remarkable things here."

The company has developed a fuel injection system that "is optimized on modern clean diesel engine architecture" and can boost operating efficiencies to levels near 100 miles per gallon. "Thus, economical, highly functional mixtures of renewable plant products can be utilized which are not practical in either spark ignition or conventional compression ignition engines," the company stated.

"We have done some work with biodiesel," Sharp said. "Primarily this has been through lab testing to see how biodiesel will interact with our technology."

Transonic Combustion is a clean-tech startup company currently in transition from research and development to commercialization. In addition to Khosla Ventures, Transonic has received seed money from venture capital firms Venrock and Rustic Canyon. "We're also working with several OEMs to incorporate our technologies into their engines," Sharp said.
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