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Thursday, 13 January 2011

'Beauty' project developing better biofuel engine

An EU-funded collaboration between universities and industry is overcoming limitations in current technologies to develop new bioethanol engines. Driven by the need for more sustainable and less polluting sources of energy, the European Union is now more determined than ever to increase the use of renewable fuels. In June 2009, the EU’s Renewable Energy and Fuel Quality Directives set binding targets for renewable energies in the transport sector for the first time, and linked them to greenhouse gas reduction targets.“Normal commercial gasoline can contain up to 7% ethanol by volume," explains Andrea Gerini of Centro Ricerche Fiat. "These blends are quite easy to handle in modern engine platforms," he says, "but the level of bioethanol content is still quite low.” Gerini is coordinator of the EU-funded 'Beauty' project ('Bio-Ethanol engine for advanced urban transport by light commercial and heavy-duty captive fleets'), aimed at developing new engines, combustion technologies and fuels that will allow a substantial increase in the use of biofuels.

Source: European Commission