High Efficiency Engines

The Litus Foundation was formed expressly to slow climate change, and help living beings adapt to it.  It will devise new technologies, improve existing ones, and campaign for energy efficiency.  Slowing global warming is one of the most serious challenges facing us today. 
The Founder


CEO Mitja Hinderks is the founder of the Litus Foundation. Raised in Cape Town South Africa, he then studied architecture and engineering in England, working for many years as a free-lance architectural and industrial designer in the UK and USA. Some years ago, he became interested in the possibility of running reciprocating combustion engines uncooled, and in 2009 started porting his concepts to the Foundation, thereafter continuing work on making uncooled engines a commercial reality. He maintains a strong interest in the arts and sciences.



Uncooled Engine Programme

As a top priority, Litus is leading the development of super-efficient uncooled internal combustion (IC) engines, for all hybrid applications in vehicles and industrial equipment, using any of today’s fuels.

At least 35% of man-made CO2 comes from IC engines. Every time one is run, between 30% and 50% of fuel energy is dissipated by air or water-based cooling systems and general radiation. Uncooled engines would have twice the efficiency, be many times smaller and lighter, virtually silent, and more reliable.

Some projections indicate that by 2050, only around 10% of global vehicles of every type will be all-electric drive, nearly all the rest having hybrid electric-IC drive.  For most markets, especially heavy vehicles, marine craft, agricultural and mining equipment, pumps, compressors and generators, there are no viable alternatives to using IC engines in some manner.

Fossil fuel use is again increasing; growth of renewable energy is meeting the increasing global energy demand. Only by using fossil fuels more efficiently can we cut greenhouse gases considerably.

The Environment

Global warming can be seriously slowed.  World-wide, there are great efforts to improve efficiency, use of renewables, and cut greenhouse gases.  Breakthrough technologies are being developed.  Litus is now sure uncooled engines can be commercialized. Once available, they could replace cooled engines within one or two decades, alone cutting total man-made CO2 emissions between approximately 12% and 20%.