Wednesday, 09 Feb, 2011 Environment

Jaguar Supercomputer Used to Develop More Energy-Efficient Trucks


The team composed of specialists from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and BMI Corporation decided to use ORNL's Jaguar supercomputer, to develop a system that would make trucks more energy efficient.

It is worth mentioning that Jaguar is the fastest supercomputer in the United States and one of the fastest in the world, being 1,000 more powerful than an average laptop.

The technology, dubbed SmartTruck UnderTray System, is made of fairings (shells around the outside of the car). These fairing improve the aerodynamics of 18-wheeler trucks.

The supercomputer managed to considerably reduce the computing turnaround time for BMI's SmartTruck models and help in transiting from concept to manufacture-ready design in just 18 months. At the beginning of the project the BMI anticipated that it would require three and a half years.

So far BMI did not provide information on when the SmartTruck UnderTray System will be available. However, it mentioned that the technology reaches fuel savings of 7 to 12 percent on a typical truck.

In case the system is installed on all 1.3 million semi trucks in the United States, then about 1.5 billion gallons of diesel fuel ($5 billion in costs) will be saved. This also means that the level of carbon dioxide emissions will be reduced by 16.4 million tons, reports Fast Company.

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