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Bio-Ethanol engine for Advanced Urban Transport by Light Commercial Vehicle & Heavy DutY (BEAUTY)

Objective

The dedicated internal combustion engines considered in the proposal can be fuelled with pure bioethanol or its blends with hydrocarbon-based fuel; their application is intended for light commercials and heavy duty busses and trucks (e.g.: garbage trucks) on captive fleets, then allowing a much higher amplitude of adaptation of bioethanol blends to the need of the combustion process. Three technology ways will be explored: • for heavy-duty urban vehicles, a spark ignition (Otto cycle) engine designed for heavy-duty application; • for light commercials, a spark ignition (Otto cycle) engine using in some part of engine operations an innovative controlled auto-ignition (CAI) process; • for light commercials, a compression ignition (Diesel cycle) engine using an innovative surface ignition system. Objective of the project is to build, in a crash programme of 2 years, engine solutions based on the three technology ways able to meet ambitious targets in terms of: • future emission limits (Euro 6); • fuel conversion efficiency (at least 10% higher than that of a today SI engine running on equivalent bioethanol blends); • cold startability down to - 15 °C of ambient temperature. Starting from existing powertrains, the engine systems (including after-treatment), components and materials will be adapted and optimised. The most promising route for maximising the benefits in terms of local- and global-emissions will be identified. The three technology ways will be compared in terms of costs and time to market, taking into account the type of fuel that can be used in the captive fleet. Basic innovative elements of each technology way able to fully answer to characteristics of bio-ethanol blends will be shared with the other technology ways in order to integrate, where possible, the given technology ways approach and to design a road map of the technology steps favoring a progressive introduction in the EU of bioethanol

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels

Call for proposal

FP7-SST-2007-RTD-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

CENTRO RICERCHE FIAT SCPA
Address
Strada Torino 50
10043 Orbassano
Italy
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 896 813
Administrative Contact
Massimo Casali (Dr.)

Participants (8)

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 154 125
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Paola Belardini (Dr.)
FEV EUROPE GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 715 349
Address
Neuenhofstrasse 181
52078 Aachen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Paulo Haufs (Dr.)
RHEINISCH-WESTFAELISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE AACHEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 167 295
Address
Templergraben 55
52062 Aachen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Michael Wittler (Mr.)
DAIMLER AG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 100 350
Address
Mercedesstrasse 137
70327 Stuttgart
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Bernhard Kolb (Mr.)
AVL LIST GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 741 506
Address
Hans-list-platz 1
8020 Graz
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Theodor Sams (Dr.)
E4TECH SARL
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 92 562
Address
Avenue Juste-olivier 2
1006 Lausanne
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Flavio Foradini (Mr.)
POLITECHNIKA WARSZAWSKA
Poland
EU contribution
€ 102 000
Address
Plac Politechniki 1
00 661 Warszawa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Malgorzata Blachnio (Ms.)
ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company
United States
Address
Centerville Road, Suite 400 2711
19808 Wilmington, De
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Mike Noorman (Mr.)