Making sure the chemistry is right

07 July 2021 –

In a video about fuel research at OWI Science4Fuels, Karin Brendel, Sebastian Feldhoff and Wilfried Plum explain what properties new climate-friendly fuels must have before they can be sold at gas stations. Don’t worry: Even those who didn’t pay attention in chemistry class can easily follow this video about applied research for new climate-friendly fuels.

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Karin Brendel from OWI Science4Fuels explains in the video why fuel research is important. Photo: IWO

Hydrogenated vegetable or bio-oils, oxymethylene ethers, octanol butanol, PtL fuels, fatty acid methyl esters – fuel research is looking at many alternatives to fossil fuels. Researchers at OWI are investigating the properties of these and many other substances that could contribute to climate protection as possible fuels in the future. This is because even new and climate-friendly fuels must meet the chemical-physical requirements defined in the applicable gasoline and diesel standards so that they can be approved for use in new and existing vehicles. The results of the quality analyses are not only relevant for passenger cars, but also for other liquid fuel applications such as commercial vehicles, aircraft and ships, and even oil heating systems.

Whether there is a favorite or favorites among the fuels studied that could make cars more climate-friendly in the future? Take a look at the video on youtube!