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UW-Madison researcher's 'dual fuel' could save one-third fuel use in U.S.

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UW-Madison researcher's 'dual fuel' could save one-third fuel use in U.S.
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Researchers at University of Wisconsin may have found the recipe to for cleaner, more efficient engines.

Lead researcher Rolf Reitz, with the Engine Research Center at UW-Madison's School of Mechanical Engineering, says technology which mixes gasoline and diesel fuel in an engine's combustion chamber yields greatly increased efficiency over engines burning just one of those fuels - around 20 percent over diesel engines and more than 70 percent over gasoline engines.

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Reitz says converting all engines to the technology could save up to one-third of the fuel currently used in this country.

He concedes it could be a decade before this dual fuel makes it to the showroom floor.

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