ABOUT TOUR ENGINE

The tinkering began in garages in San Diego and Israel.

The goal? Make one of civilization’s most valued workhorses – the internal combustion engine – vastly more efficient.

Company co-founders Dr. Oded Tour and his father Hugo Tour, former head of the IAF’s (Israeli Air Force’s) Mechanical Labs, had a keen insight about internal combustion engines (ICEs): knowing that ICEs lose about 37% of their energy to cooling, and another 27% to exhaust, the father and son duo decided to “split” the conventional engine cycle into two distinct “hot and cold” halves. In true entrepreneurial fashion, their first effort essentially “siamesed together” two lawnmower engines. One half handled the cold process (intake and compression) while the other half handled the hot process (combustion and exhaust). And so, Tour’s Split Cycle Engine was born.

More advanced prototypes and state-of-the-art computer simulations were developed in the months and years that followed. Outside, independent experts predicted that Tour ‘s patented engine design – with its focus on “thermal optimization” – could be 30% more efficient than today’s best ICEs. 

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Up to 30% More Efficient in Simulations

Tour Engine Inc. (TEI) is a thriving research and development company.

We are diligently focused on perfecting – and soon commercializing – efficient, simple and green internal combustion engines for use in electrical generation.

Tour’s business opportunity – and potential impact on society – is enormous.

Because ICEs, and the fossil fuels they burn will remain a fixture of modern life for many years to come; and, because current ICEs fail to convert about 70% of the fuel’s energy into useful work, Tour can deliver invaluable economic and environmental upside. Tour Engines stand to dramatically lower both fuel consumption and noxious emissions.

GRANTS & FUNDING

[2006 – 2022] $15,368,500 – Total funding to date

Date Funding Amount Source
2017 – 2021 $4,820,000 The US Department of Energy ARPA-E’s GENSETS program for distributed generation grant. A total of 4 consecutive plus-up funding
2016 – 2022 $5,300,000 Bridge funding led by Joan and Dr. Irwin Jacobs
2015 $1,000,000 The US Department of Energy ARPA-E’s GENSETS program for distributed generation grant award
2015 $23,500 Technical feasibility project commissioned by BMW
2014 $2,500,000 Series A funding led by Joan and Dr. Irwin Jacobs
2013 $95,000 California EISG Grants
2010 – 2019 $830,000 Israeli DOE grants. A total of 4 grants helped develop the first engine prototypes
2006 – 2014 $800,000 Angel investors. A total of 17 investors at the seed stage

2006 – 2022

$15,368,500

TOTAL FUNDING TO DATE

 

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Tour is backed by sophisticated technology investors and has won grants from both the US (DOE’s ARPA-E) and Israeli (DOE) governments.  Tour has also been issued 44 patents (US and International) with several more pending.

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