Conventional and Alternative Fuels

Increasing use of Alternative Fuels

Increasing use of alternative fuels from renewable resources reduces our dependence on crude oil reserves and has good potential to reduce well-to-wheel CO2 emissions.

Our Value Add

  • Vast experience in alternative fuel combustion processes
  • Specific engine design considerations & knowledge
  • Continuous advanced research activities
  • Use of in-house baseline engine for back-to-back comparison
  • Application of proven control systems for bio-fuel engines
  • Full development of alternative fuelled engines & vehicles
  • Understanding of relevant fuel storage issues

Our Tools, Facilities and Services

  • Single and multi-cylinder research engines (optical and thermal)
  • Comprehensive engine and vehicle test facilities (EU6 / LEV2 certified)
  • Dedicated engine indicating systems
  • Full suite of analysis tools (e.g. 3D, CFD, 1D including MAHLE combustion and knock models)

Customer Benefits

  • Highest level of data quality in reduced timescales
  • High flexibility and capability to run a wide range of fuels
  • Cost effective and novel solutions delivered on time
  • Full range of engine design, development and calibration services
  • On-site vehicle build and test services

Project Examples / References

  • Development of a high output T-GDI engine optimised to run exclusively on CNG
  • Study of synergies between downsizing and ethanol / butanol blends
  • Optical engine studies into combustion of wide range of biofuel blends
  • E85 cold start development and calibration