New and alternative fuels

Heeding multiple requests, VDI Wissensforum and ATZlive will once again use the 4th International Engine Congress 2017 as the backdrop to provide a comprehensive lecture programme on the topic “New and Alternative Fuels“. Obviously, there is ample need to exchange views in this matter. The understanding of mobility as the “Transport of Goods and Passengers“ is totally unimaginable without the use of fuels.  The only question that remains to be addressed is: What kind of fuel should we use? It is a huge challenge to minimize pollutant emissions to achieve complete carbon neutrality and fuels are the key element to develop the combustion engine to that effect.

Fuels: Today – Tomorrow – and well into the Future

Mobility as such is characterized as the transport of people and goods. It is the precondition for the division of labour. In line with that, it enables increased productivity which means in turn enhanced competitiveness and a rise in prosperity. The costs of mobility are another element in this process. This is true today as well as with a view to the near and distant future. One stipulation that continues to gain importance is the emission reduction of passenger vehicles and, likewise, the abatement of pollutants to reach complete carbon neutrality in urban agglomerations. In addition, the automotive industry is challenged by legislative requirements to come up with solutions to minimize CO₂  in the energy and fuel supply. On the way to reach the target level “EU 2050“ and in line with the well-to-wheel principle, it is essential to stay between the benchmark values of 80 to 95 % going forward. Still, significant improvements must be made and fresh approaches need to be adopted to develop internationally competitive drive units according to the target triangle “Prosperity – Minimum Exhaust Emissions – CO₂ Reduction“. Fuels play a main role here.

The Combustion Engine will continue to be successful

The Congress Programme themed “New and Alternative Fuels“ provides the ideal setting to share related views on a high level. Adopting a forward-looking approach, the Expert Advisory Forum headed by Dipl.-Ing. Wolfgang Maus, Managing Director of WM & Engineering GmbH, have made it to their goal to map out that the combustion engine – based on synthetic fuel use – will successfully master the challenges posed by that target triangle. Therefore, the programme comprises these three main chapters:

  • The Benefits of Gasoline and Diesel Engines in Passenger Vehicles: Manufacturing costs and Costs for Exhaust Gas Treatment, Fuel-efficiency, CO₂ Emissions and Operating Costs  
  • Diesel Engines in Commercial Vehicles: Fuel-efficiency and Operating Costs  
  • Gaseous or liquid Fuels in Use

Lectures and discussions show how much progress has been made on the way to reach optimum propulsion power and the energy and fuel supply associated with that.

National and international experts will be presenting current projects and solutions for today’s alternative and sustainable fuel concepts and will share their notion of what fuels will be like in future and how they will be used. Speakers from organisations like Climeworks, Ford, Fritz-Haber-Institut, Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Robert Bosch, Shell, Siemens, Tecosol, TU Darmstadt, TU München and Volvo Trucks will be there to share their latest findings with you, answer your questions and respond to different perceptions that may be expressed.

Fuels are the Key for Mobility of the Future

The programme “New and alternative Fuels “ at the International Engine Congress in Baden-Baden sees itself as a major pillar in the pursuit of solutions that meet stringent emission requirements: Energy and fuels are fundamental dovetailing elements. So far the focus has been placed on traditional fuels. Viewing synthetic fuels not just as a pure supplement but as an inherent component of tomorrow’s mobility, offers attendants a unique discussion forum at the Congress.

About the Congress: Attendants of the International Engine Congress are able to switch between lectures anytime in the programme, where they can learn about passenger and commercial vehicles as well as fuels. German-English simultaneous interpretation will be available for all lectures. You can sign up for “Fuels“ via the passenger or commercial vehicle programme.