In an EU-funded research project, an international consortium aims to develop new production methods for sustainable marine fuels to replace heavy fuel oils in shipping. The IDEALFUEL project aims to create sustainable alternatives by developing new efficient and low-cost methods to produce low-sulphur heavy fuel oils from wood-based non-food biomass. OWI Science for Fuels gGmbH and TEC4FUELS GmbH are involved in the project as research partners.
A new type of multi-fuel fuel gas generator has the potential to make more flexible use of the increasing variety of alternative liquid fuels in low-output gas-fired combined heat and power (CHP) plants. Scaling for medium output is possible. For example, fuel gas generators can be used to convert hydrogenated vegetable oils and bioethanol into a hydrogen-rich gas and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the production of electricity and heat. The multi-fuel fuel gas generator can compensate for the fluctuating chemical-physical properties of different biogenic fuels.
OWI Oel-Waerme-Institut has changed its name and is now called OWI Science for Fuels gGmbH. With this change of name, the research institute wants to consistently emphasize that its focus has long been on technically mature, low-emission and low-greenhouse gas solutions for the mobility and heat generation of tomorrow. The aim of research and development at OWI Science for Fuels is to make liquid fuels and combustibles based on conventional and renewable energies particularly efficient and safe to use. In order to advance these research activities, OWI Science for Fuels is actively involved in large research clusters. OWI Science for Fuels remains an affiliated institute of RWTH Aachen University.
Lubricants are an important component in almost every mechanical process. Almost every mechanical applications require lubricants. Particularly high requirements must be met by greases for which lifetime lubrication is used, such as for windscreen wipers in vehicles. Ensuring the quality of the grease in the manufacturing process is of great importance. Because only with lubricants of by ensuring optimum guaranteed quality high lubrication efficiency, low grease consumption and long service life of the lubricated system can be achieved. Therefore, every progress in the manufacturing process is a contribution to sustainability and the conservation of resources.
In the EU project REDIFUEL the production of a renewable diesel biofuel is being researched, which is compatible (drop-in capable) with conventional fuels in any mixture ratio. After more than a year of research work, the current REDIFUEL newsletter offers an overview of the initial results. One of the numerous intermediate steps on the way to a drop-in capable product was the design of a distillation process to set a standard flash point of the REDIFUEL.
The use of biogenic residual and waste materials for the production of alternative heating oil could make the operation of oil heating systems more sustainable and climate-friendly. Secondary raw materials such as tall oil, grease separator residues or used frying oils could be used for this purpose. Through the production processes of hydrogenation and isomerisation, they acquire chemical-physical properties that are very similar to those of heating oil according to DIN 51603-1. This results in good combustion properties of these hydrogenated bio-oils, which enable their use in existing oil heating systems.