Pressure Systems International (PSI) announces its PlasmaStream technology was awarded first place in the 9th Annual Global Automation & Mobility Challenge, in the Advanced Technology Category at the SAE World Congress in Detroit.
The Global Automation and & Mobility Challenge is a collaboration between SAE and the MI Innovation Alliance. The award is designed to identify innovative companies, cultivate new technologies and solutions, and hasten their adoption by their markets.
In July 2016, PSI announced its investment in the PlasmaStream technology, with the intent of bringing an alternative to conventional aerodynamics to the commercial vehicle market. PSI says the technology uses plasma actuators that ionize the air and controls the flow separation from the vehicle, thus reducing drag and improving fuel economy, without heavy add-on devices. PSI and PlasmaStream have been validating the technology in laboratory and real-world environments, achieving solid results, with the first application focusing on trailer boat-tails, the company says.
“The recognition of the PlasmaStream technology by GAMIC is a huge honor, and one that provides validation that aerodynamics can be improved by other methods that provide additional benefits over conventional solutions. We are humbled to be in the same company as past recipients of this award,” says PSI President Tim Musgrave.