Los Angeles, California [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] Encore Clean Energy entered into an agreement with ISE Corp. to design and build prototype units of Encore’s patent pending Magnetic Piston Generator (MPG) technology for use in heavy-duty motor vehicles exceeding 8,500 lbs.“The MPG will essentially take waste heat from the engine in a hybrid drive system and convert it to useful electric energy,” said David Mazaika, ISE president and CEO. “We believe co-generative processes such as the MPG have the potential to substantially improve the fuel economy of today’s hybrid vehicles.” Encore focuses its corporate efforts on product development of breakthrough clean energy technologies that the company has been researching, developing, prototyping, testing and validating. “Harnessing radiator and tailpipe exhaust heat of a gasoline or diesel engine, or the exhaust heat of a hydrogen fuel-cell, may be one of the most cost-effective ways by which car and truck makers worldwide can potentially increase vehicle driving range, lower engine emissions and reduce consumption of, and demand for, imported oil and gasoline, said Dan Hunter Encore CEO. “Harnessing such waste heat is the first step in our plan to develop gasoline, diesel and/or hydrogen combustion versions of the MPG to directly generate electricity more efficiently than conventional diesel and internal combustion engine/generator systems.” The initial phase of ISE’s development effort is estimated to cost over $260,000 and result in ISE building and testing a compressed air-driven prototype MPG System that produces electricity. Encore will pay for this effort in two installments of $100,000, followed by ISE building and testing a closed-loop, waste heat-driven prototype MPG System that produces electricity for hybrid vehicle applications. Encore will also fund this second phase, currently estimated to require an investment of over $600,000.