In the C3-Mobility project, another demo vehicle could be put into operation! The VW Passat Variant is the second vehicle alongside the Daimler Actros to experience the potential of renewable fuels – not only in test operation, but also in the daily driving experience.
Frontier Economics has proposed a crediting system for renewable fuels in a recent study for Neste which would allow OEMs to voluntarily finance additional renewable fuel (on top of the volumes mandated under RED II) and count the corresponding emission reductions against their fleet targets.
According to a decision by the federal government to implement the Renewable Energy Sources Directive (RED II), the greenhouse gas reduction rate in traffic will be increased from currently 6% to 22% by 2030. The greenhouse gas reduction rate stipulates the percentage by which CO₂ emissions in road traffic must be reduced. The GHG reduction quota also defines the share of renewable energy in the drive means and is therefore an important regulation for achieving the ambitious climate goals in the transport sector.
Winfried Hermann (Bündnis 90 / Grüne), Minister of Transport in Baden-Württemberg, has called for a binding quota for the use of synthetic fuels in road and air traffic. Together with the SPD member of the Bundestag Andreas Rimkus, member of the Committee for Economic Affairs and Energy, and Bernd Westphal, energy and economic policy spokesman for his parliamentary group, he also called on the federal government to be more committed to alternative fuels.
In the study “The concept of efficiency in the climate policy debate on road traffic” by the consulting firm Frontier Economics on behalf of the associations MWV and UNITI, the total energy balance of battery-electric drives and synthetic fuels was considered on the basis of an overall efficiency comparison.
Under the leadership of Prof. Ralf Peters (IEK-14: Electrochemical Process Engineering), our partners from Jülich Research Centre have taken on the costs of producing and transporting green hydrogen and methanol from windy and sunny regions. Saudi Arabia is one of these advantageous regions, but also Chile or Australia. Possible customer regions are Europe, North America or Asia.
Another milestone was reached in the C3-Mobility project, the commissioning of the Daimler Actros as a demo vehicle. The truck serves to demonstrate the technical maturity of the motor use of the fuel blends OME, 1-octanol and diesel blend examined in work package C7.
Fuels Europe has presented a study that shows how low carbon liquid fuels (LCLF) could enable the transport sector to contribute to EU climate neutrality by 2050. The path shown in the study also shows that the transport sector can save 100 million tons of CO2 emissions per year by 2035.
Pleasing results come from work package C2. Under the leadership of the Institute for Combustion Engines (VKA) at RWTH Aachen University, ten fuel mixes with methanol, ethanol, iso-butanol and 2-butanol as well as methanol as a pure component were examined with regard to their suitability for use in car gasoline engines.
In the gas synthesis plant at the TU Bergakademie Freiberg converted for C3-Mobility, high-octane petrol is produced from green methanol. Around 15,400 liters have already been made available for the project partners.