Today in the Lab – Tomorrow in Energy?
Highlighting research projects under development in the Technology Collaboration Programmes
What is the aim of this project?
This project, under the Combustion TCP, aims to evaluate the prospects of attaining high efficiency and very low emissions of nitrogen oxides and soot when combining low temperature combustion with low-carbon fuels produced from bio-sources or excess renewable electricity (e.g., OMEx, e-Fischer Tropsch, methanol, hydrogen, ammonia).
How could the project be explained to a high school student?
Conventional gasoline and diesel engines rely on petroleum-based fuels. To achieve sustainable transport that does not produce CO2 or other pollutants, cleaner engines and fuels are needed. Low temperature combustion engines can reduce the formation of nitrogen oxides and soot – pollutants that harm human health – while providing high efficiency. Synthetic fuels and biofuels can have near zero carbon emissions but using them may make it difficult to achieve efficient combustion and lower pollutant emissions. This project seeks to combine these two advantageous technologies to maximise the collective benefit.
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About the Combustion TCP
Established in 1984, the Combustion TCP provides a forum for exchange and collaborative research to advance the understanding of combustion processes, and to generate independent information, expertise and knowledge for the wider research community, industry, policy makers and society.
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