The Popular Mechanics article noted he was building generation 2 to improve on generation 1. It might prove useful. It might be a big bust. I'm just glad that there still are people willing to think about and try stuff like this.
Some day somebody is going to come up with something that renders the Otto 4 stroke cycle engine obsolete.
Paul Glaves - "Big Bend", Texas U.S.A
"The greatest challenge to any thinker is stating the problem in a way that will allow a solution." - Bertrand Russell
It's an inverted Curtiss-Wright rotary piston engine using the stationary cam mechanism from Gnome's LeRhone. I think, the technical name for the combustion process is a Sterling cycle.
As with the LeRhone...........you've lots of rotating mass.
Don't pick on the French too much.........There's lots of Nissans (Renault) running around and Airbus (EADS) seems to be selling airplanes. The French are working as hard at being different as they used too.............