Recycling engines – Ford Innovation

Ford cutting CO2 emission by recycling engines instead of replacing

When a car’s engine fails before the car is at the end of it’s useful life, the usual course of events is to replace it with a new engine – at a high cost both financially and environmentally.

However… Fords development team are striving to reduce co2 emissions by around 50% using  an innovative new plasma process which will breath new life into the faulty engine instead of scrapping it. Basically, they are recycling engines.

Recycling engines

How is it done?

New and innovative technology which uses a plasma thermal spray coating process which was originally developed to enhance high performace vehicles such as the Mustang Shelby GT is being used to recycle engines otherwise destined for the scrap yard  giving them a new lease of life.

This new Ford patented  process uses half of the co2 emissions that would be produced building a new replacement engine.

The process of recycling engines

This exciting and eco driven new patented process  is a plasma transferred wire arc coating sprayed to the inside of the worn-out engine block.  The coating restores the old engine to its original factory condition saving the need to fit a new engine block.

Where and when has this process been developed?

This new process has been developed at the Ford Research and Innovation Cebtre in Aachen, Germany and was announced on 2nd December 2015.

Other examples of Ford’s innitative to reduce it’s carbon footprint

The new process of reusing old engines is only one of Ford’s innovative new measures for reducing it’s effects on the environment.

Aluminium, Carbon Fibre and High Strength Steels

Ford are also looking into the use of lighter weight materials to improve fuel efficiency which will have a knock on benefit to their carbon footprint and their vehicles environmental impact.

Renewable Materials

In addition, the team at Ford are also looking into using renewable plant based materials such as tomato by products of Heinz Ketchup, castor bean oil and shrubs to produce parts such as fuel lines, bins, wiring brackets and cloth seats.

With this dedication to recycling engines and reuse of vehicle parts and sustainable materials, Ford are proving their intention of developing more eco-friendly vehicles and motoring and striving to reduce the impact of motoring on the environment for future generations.