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.
In a pan-European study, the majority of participants advocated stronger government funding for e-fuels.
At the 17th International Congress on Renewable Mobility 2020, the topic of fuels of the future was discussed against the background of the climate protection package of the German government and the green deal of the EU Commission.
Federal Minister Peter Altmaier wrote in a Handelsblatt commentary on the opportunities of the energy transition and the importance of green synthetic fuels.
From October 22 to 23, 2019, our third consortia meeting took place at our partner BMW’s venue in Munich. In addition to substantive discussions, the first very good results of the joint project could already be presented here. The focus of the debates was on the political and public communication of e-fuels.