reFuels – Rethinking Fuels

reFuels – Rethinking Fuels

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Within the “reFuels – Rethinking Fuels” research initiative, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), together with the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Transport, three other state ministries, and several partners from automotive, automotive supply, and mineral oil industries, studies the efficient production and use of regenerative fuels, so-called reFuels. In addition, the partners test the use of reFuels in the existing vehicle fleet, the goal being to achieve the society’s acceptance of these fuels.

The project covers the entire value chain, from utilities to fuel synthesis, to suppliers, to systems developers, to engine and car manufacturers.

Work is aimed at producing regenerative fuels suited for all vehicles, whether old or new, and, thus, at quickly providing an additional solution for CO₂-neutral mobility.  

Wissenschaftsjahr 2020 - Bioökonomie (Bild: Markus Breig, KIT)
Science Year 2020 - Bioeconomy

KIT researchers work on new technologies to establish regenerative resources as an alternative to fossil raw materials. The “reFuels – Rethinking Fuels” initiative, for instance, has been launched to study sustainable fuels for daily mobility.

Antriebe der Zukunft (Quelle: Janek Stroisch)
Future Drive Systems

Conventional fuels, such as diesel and gasoline, are associated with too high pollutant emissions that are hazardous to the climate. Which technology will be used in future cars? Click here for a contribution by the Helmholtz Association with Thomas Koch from KIT’s Institut für Kolbenmaschinen.

To the report
regenerative Kraftstoffe
State Minister of Transport Hermann about Regenerative Fuels

In his speech to the German Bundesrat (Federal Council), the Baden-Württemberg Minister of Transport Winfried Hermann speaks about the relevance of regenerative fuels to the reduction of CO emissions and reaching the climate protection goals.

Ersatz für Diesel und Benzin - SWR odysso
TV Report of SWR odysso: Alternative to Diesel and Gasoline

They are already available: CO₂-neutral fuels as an alternative to diesel and gasoline. How are they produced? And which engines can be operated with them? 

To the report
reFuels in the research magazine lookKIT

Rethinking fuels: refuels research offensive on regenerative fuels launched - on pages 16 to 19

Forschungsoffensive zu regenerativen Kraftstoffen
Start of the Project “reFuels – Rethinking Fuels”

State Transport Minister Hermann: “Fuel Production with the Help of Renewable Energy Serves Climate Protection”


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