28 May 2019 –
NAMOSYN research project investigates fuel alternatives
Could diesel and gasoline vehicles make a greater contribution to climate protection in the future? This is a realistic option for the 29 companies and institutions involved in the new research project “NAMOSYN” (Nachhaltige Mobilität durch synthetische Kraftstoffe – Sustainable mobility through synthetic fuels) from research, industry, associations and society. They want to research the sustainable production and use of synthetic fuels according to ecological, economic and social criteria. If such synthetic fuels instead of petroleum-based fuels were increasingly used in the future, the emissions from combustion engines could become climate-neutral and significantly less polluting.
The project partners are looking at various fuel alternatives such as oxymethylene ether (OME) as diesel fuel and methyl formate (MeFo) and dimethyl carbonate (DMC) as petrol fuels, which could be suitable for on-road and off-road vehicles as well as mobile machinery with engine generations available today and expected in the future. OME could also be an alternative for ships and fuel-powered rail and heavy-duty transport, since for technical reasons no batteries will be available in the foreseeable future for all-electric drives with a long range or long operating time.