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Friday, August 16, 2019  (Comments: 1)

Rolls-Royce says its Power Systems division intends to support research into green fuels, working together with the State of Brandenburg, at Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus and other industrial partners, in the Lausitz region of eastern Germany.

This has been agreed by the parties involved in a letter of intent (LoI) that was signed by Andreas Schell, CEO of Rolls-Royce Power Systems, on behalf of Rolls-Royce. The intention is to set up a power-to-x competence centre at the Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg and to construct a demonstration plant for the production of synthetic fuels and chemical substances using electric power generated in photovoltaic and wind power plants.

“Synthetic fuels are a decisive factor in energy transition and the use of renewable energies. They are an essential element in the urgently needed sector coupling – the close interconnecting of the individual parts of the energy system, such as electricity and mobility, for example, in addition to heating and cooling. In other words, we will be electrifying the entire system for propulsion and energy purposes, including the fuel, by producing it with renewable energies in a climate neutral manner,” said Schell.

Dr Petar Pelemis, Head of Strategy and Product Management at the Rolls-Royce Power Systems business, said: “Power-to-x fuels not only replace fossil fuels, they can also be easily stored and transported. With such fuels, we will be able to provide propulsion and power generation on a CO2 neutral basis, as we outlined in our Green and High-Tech programme under the heading decarbonisation.” Rolls-Royce is interested in using synthetic fuels in gas and diesel engines and in aircraft engines, as well as contributing its experience as a provider of power generation solutions.

Operating a future power-to-x demonstration plant is a way of obtaining information on the use of synthetic fuels for mobility on land, water and in the air, and on the generation of heat and power, and what the carbon footprint of such a process looks like.

Other signatories to the letter of intent include the German Aerospace Center (DLR), the chemical company BASF, the Lufthansa Group and the electrolysis specialist Sunfire.

Reader Comments (1)

20 odd years ago I set up a program of research into improvements in combustion technology. Emulsified fuel injection technology was developed using a patented unit. Results showed a typical reduction in fuel consumption per unit of power with a complimentary reduction exhaust gasses. I'd 10percent former and 80 to 90 percent the latter. Results were published widely ,and verified by those who tried the technology Why are we not using it now?

By Prof R V Thompson on Tuesday, August 20, 2019

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