Improving engine efficiency is a key technological enabler to address future sustainability challenges in Europe, permitting greater energy output from the use of resources, applicable to renewable and non-renewable fuels alike. Concomitant improvements in fuels and lubricants can both increase the efficiency of existing engines and enable the introduction of new, yet more efficient engine concepts to meet future local emissions targets as defined in the recently drafted 'Euro 5' emissions standards.
This proposed industry-academia interchange tackles fundamental challenges in understanding mechanisms that will be key to unlocking future improvements in engine efficiency. Long-term collaborative relationships will be established between Shell, the coordinating host organisation and five partner universities - Dublin, Imperial College London, Leeds, Lund, and Stockholm. This will link their collective combustion and lubrication scientific knowledge directly with Shell's longstanding RandD capability in fuel and lubricant formulation. In the first three years, university researchers will participate in multi-disciplinary RandD projects carried out at Shell. An annual one-week workshop will bring together all the participants (researchers, industrial and university supervisors, and an advisory board), enabling new technical synergies to be established. Industry approaches to the commercialisation of knowledge will be conveyed to each university via visits by a senior Shell researcher. To demonstrate commitment to a durable collaboration, Shell will pay for the cost of the researchers' reintegration year. This will assist the universities in the provision of future research services in this field to Shell and to industry as a whole.
The project will advance the research capabilities of Shell and a well-established product development pipeline is available to exploit the knowledge as innovative, sustainable, energy efficient products.
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