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Addressing Fundamental Challenges in the Design of new generation fuels

Objective

There is a pressing need at the European and global levels to address challenges in the design of a new generation of fuels in order to achieve significant efficiency and emissions benefits in modern downsized boosted engines employing gasoline and ethanol blends. Abnormal combustion phenomena are a severe constraint to the use of much higher boosting pressures which are needed for significant gains in efficiency and reduction in emissions. These phenomena have to be better understood within the context of the different thermodynamic regimes that exist in these engines and addressed to enable the full benefit of modern downsized boosted engines to be realised. The area is vitally important for the reduction of GHG emissions and the resulting climate change impact of transportation.
GENFUEL is an intersectoral collaboration that tackles fundamental challenges in understanding combustion mechanisms under highly boosted conditions that will be key to unlocking improvements in the design of a new generation of fuels. The project adopts a holistic approach with project components which study fuel engine behaviour along with safe handling technologies and life cycle analysis accounting for water use in fuel pathways.
Long-term collaborative relationships will be established between Shell, the coordinator, and six partner universities. This will link their collective combustion, lifecycle and fuel handling expertise directly with Shell’s longstanding R&D fuel design capability.
In the first two years, university researchers will participate via secondments to interdisciplinary R&D projects. Industry approaches to R&D will be conveyed to each university via the short term secondments of Shell researchers. To demonstrate commitment to a durable collaboration, Shell will pay for the cost of the researchers' reintegration year and the universities and Shell will jointly initiate follow-on or new projects. A lasting intersectoral collaboration will therefore be established.

Field of science

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

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-2013-IAPP
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Funding Scheme

MC-IAPP - Industry-Academia Partnerships and Pathways (IAPP)

Coordinator

SHELL RESEARCH LIMITED
Address
Shell Centre
SE1 7NA London
United Kingdom
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 1 417 842,14
Administrative Contact
Shamla Naidu (Mrs.)

Participants (7)

IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 16 940
Address
South Kensington Campus Exhibition Road
SW7 2AZ London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Shaun Power (Mr.)
NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND GALWAY
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 17 310,93
Address
University Road
H91 Galway
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Mari Vahey (Ms.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 16 940
Address
Edgbaston
B15 2TT Birmingham
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
May Chung (Ms.)
UNIVERSITY OF ULSTER
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 16 940
Address
Cromore Road
BT52 1SA Coleraine
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Marie Patton (Dr.)
WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY

Participation ended

Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 2 200
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Huub Rijnaarts (Prof.)
POLITECHNIKA WARSZAWSKA
Poland
EU contribution
€ 14 040,27
Address
Plac Politechniki 1
00 661 Warszawa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Andrzej Teodorczyk (Prof.)
UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT
Netherlands
Address
Heidelberglaan 8
3584 CS Utrecht
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ernst Worrell (Prof.)