OWI presents the latest in fuel research

Sustainable mobility with greenhouse gas-reduced fuels in road transport and shipping are two topics on which speakers from OWI Science for Fuels gGmbH will present their research at the “Fuels of the Future 2021” trade congress from Jan. 18-22, 2021. In the session “Biofuels in Shipping,” which will take place on Jan. 21, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., OWI Managing Director Dr. Wilfried Plum will explain the starting point and goals of the EU-funded IDEALFUEL research project. Due to environmental concerns and national and international regulations related to fossil-based heavy oils, there is a significant need for cleaner, renewable and economical alternatives for the maritime industry.

Analyse von Brennstoffproben im OWI-Labor. (Foto: OWI)
Analysis of fuel samples in the OWI laboratory. Photo: OWI Science

To replace heavy oils in shipping, the international project consortium, with OWI participation, is seeking to develop methods to convert woody materials such as sawdust and wood chips into sustainable marine fuels. The approach revolves around the conversion of lignin from dry plant material (also known as lignocellulosic biomass) into renewable fuels.

OWI project engineer Karin Brendel will report on the application research on alcohol-based fuels in the “C³-Mobility” project in the session “Bioethanol – Recognizing and Exploiting Potential” on Jan. 19, starting at 11:30 a.m. In “C³-Mobility” consortium partners are investigating various options for climate-neutral fuels that can be produced from CO2, water and renewably generated electricity. Ms. Brendel explains the challenges of using alcohols such as ethanol, butanol and octanol as fuels and presents current research results on the aging and mixing behavior of alcohols with conventional fuels.

The 18th “Fuels of the Future” congress will be held as an online event. It sees itself as the leading event of the European biofuel industry and an important discussion forum for the German, European and international development of renewable mobility. The aim of the international congress is to provide participants with an update on the various legislative initiatives and to discuss corresponding recommendations for action, to present current market developments and project examples of renewable mobility, and to offer broad scope for the exchange of experience.