Climate Neutral Fuels for the Traffic of the Future

The Paris Climate Change Agreement set good and ambitious goals for 2015. Among other things, it states that total CO2 emissions must be reduced by 40% by 2020, compared with 1990 levels – by as much as 80% by 2050. The transport sector plays an immense role in the effective implementation of the energy system transformation in Germany. Almost 30% of Germany’s total energy consumption is at its expense. Greenhouse gas emissions here are still very high. And even despite ongoing efficiency improvements through weight savings, increased engine efficiencies or increased electrification and hybridization, the level of energy demand is unlikely to change much in view of the steady increase in transport. As a consortium, C3-Mobility pursues the goal of developing and demonstrating new ways into the CO2-free mobility of the future using synthetic fuels based on methanol. Synthetic fuels are an attractive solution, especially for long distances and large transport volumes. In addition to the direct use of methanol as a pure fuel, methanol mixtures are also considered as alternative fuels for combustion engines. For optimal use in industry and transport, different engine sizes in the application of the fuels are investigated, ranging from passenger cars and light commercial vehicles to large engines in trucks or ship propulsion systems.