reFuels – Rethinking Fuels

Regenerative Fuels as Building Blocks for CO2

reFuels –               Rethinking Fuels

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.


ZementTanja Meißner, KIT
Using CO2 from cement plants to produce renewable fuels

In order to test the production of renewable fuels from the CO₂ emissions of cement plants and their use in aviation, for example, the state, the cement industry and Stuttgart Airport have signed a memorandum of understanding for a pilot project.

Bioeconomy at KITMagali Hauser, KIT
Bioeconomy at KIT

Bioeconomy is the topic of the Science Year 2020/21. But what actually is bioeconomy? Experts give an initial classification in the KIT Dossier "Bioeconomy". It provides a compact overview of this broad topic area and explains why the future promise of the bioeconomy is so important.

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Regenerative Fuels for the Climate - One of the Building Blocks for CO2-neutral Mobility

Interview on renewable fuels and bioeconomy with Professor Jörg Sauer, head of Institute of Catalysis Research and Technology (IKFT) of KIT, and Professor Nicolaus Dahmen, who coordinates fuel production in the project "reFuels - Rethinking Fuels".

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

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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.

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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