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SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SOLAR-POWERED ENGINE THERMAL MANAGEMENT

United States Patent Application

20120286052
A1
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A system and method of engine thermal management. Energy may be received from a solar energy source electrically connected to a vehicle propulsion system. At least some of the energy from the solar energy source may be used to heat a component of the vehicle propulsion system. A control module may provide at least some of the energy from the solar energy source to a heater, for example, to heat a component of the vehicle propulsion system prior to starting the vehicle propulsion system. The heater may heat the vehicle propulsion system to temperatures within a predetermined range associated with optimal efficiency of the vehicle propulsion system.
ATLURI, Venkata Prasad (Ann Arbor, MI), Narayanaswamy, Kushal (Sterling Heights, MI), Szekely, JR., Gerald A. (Sterling Heights, MI), Toner, Joel G. (Bad Axe, MI), Najt, Paul M. (Bloomfield Hills, MI)
GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC (DETROIT MI)
13/ 105,288
May 11, 2011
GOVERNMENT INTEREST STATEMENT [0001] This invention was made in whole or in part with government support under grant number DE-EE0003379 awarded by the US Department of Energy. The government may have certain rights in the invention.