‘Lightning bolt’ approach to fuel ignition

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Transient Plasma Solutions wants to make ignition more powerful. And by doing that, combustion engines could run cleaner.

Dan Singleton was a graduate student on a research project a few years ago, showing the U.S. Navy how a powerful new technology called “pulsed power” could help start up an aircraft carrier quickly, when it occurred to him that the same technology would apply to automobiles. Today, Singleton and his fellow researchers run Transient Plasma Systems, a Los Angeles company proposing an innovation in vehicle ignition that, after more than a century, would replace spark plugs. CEO Singleton, 38, explained the point of the new science to News Editor Lindsay Chappell. Here are edited excerpts.

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