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Abstract

In developing alternative fuels for transport, three major routes were singled out by the Commission as the most promising, namely bio fuels, natural gas and hydrogen. The Alternative Fuels Contact Group, established by DG TREN in 2002, brought together all relevant stakeholders, including representatives of the automotive and oil industries. EUCAR, the European Council for Automotive Research, and CONCAWE, the oil companies' European organisation for environment, health and safety, collaborated with the European Commission's Joint Research Centre on a joint analysis of alternative road fuels and associated powertrains on well-to-wheels basis. The energy resources considered are crude oil, coal, natural gas, biomass and wind. From these a variety of fuels can be produced, including compressed natural gas, hydrogen, methanol, di-methyl ester, ethanol and bio-diesel. The powertrains include port-injected gasoline, direct injection gasoline and diesel, dedicated natural gas and fuel cells, with hybridisation as an option. This interim report from the Contact Group gives an overview of the analysis on the conventional fuels and Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) pathways.

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Authors: DE SANTI G, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Emissions and Health Unit, Ispra (IT);MAHIEU V, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Emissions and Health Unit, Ispra (IT);THOMPSON N, CONCAWE, Brussels (BE);MALY R, EUCAR, Brussels (BE);GRIESEMANN J C, EUCAR, Brussels (BE);LARIVÉ J F, CONCAWE, Brussels (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 20780 EN (2003), 6pp. Free of charge
Availability: Available from European Commission, JRC Information & Public Relations Unit: Brussels (BE) Fax: +32-2-2996322 E-mail: guelperi.vural@ec.europa.eu and Ispra (IT) Fax: +39-0332-785409 E-mail: ulla.engelmann@ec.europa.eu
Record Number: 200316539 / Last updated on: 2003-08-18
Category: PUBLICATION
Original language: en
Available languages: en