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 and fuel synthesis, to suppliers and 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.


reFuelsAmadeus Bramsiepe, KIT
State of Baden-Württemberg seeks to promote renewable fuels

Renewable fuels are an elementary complementary component towards CO-neutral mobility. On Tuesday, the state cabinet voted in favour of elaborating a roadmap - in cooperation with representatives of business and science - to promote these so-called reFuels. These are synthesised from CO2 and hydrogen with the help of sustainably generated electricity from renewable energies.

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.

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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

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.

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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.

Forschungsoffensive zu regenerativen Kraftstoffen
Research Initiative on Regenerative Fuels

State Government, KIT, and Industry Agree on ”reFuels - Rethinking Fuels“ Project to Explore Alternatives to Fossil Fuels


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