Curious about Everything

Category: Biofuel

Toyota, Subaru, Mazda, Yamaha, and Kawasaki working to develop new combustion technology that burns hydrogen and biofuel in traditional engines

Autocar »

Speaking together at the Super Taikyu Race in Okayama earlier this week, representatives from each of the firms vowed to collaborate on “expanding fuel options” using existing ICE technology, bucking a wider industry trend towards full electrification.

The companies “intend to unite and pursue the three initiatives of participating in races using carbon-neutral fuels; exploring the use of hydrogen engines in two-wheeled and other vehicles; and continuing to race using hydrogen engines.”

Toyota’s efforts in this area, particularly, are well documented. The company is already using a lightly modified Corolla race car to determine the viability of hydrogen-combustion technology, which, it says, would reduce the emissions of its vehicles without disregarding the several decades it has invested in developing its existing petrol and diesel engines.

Now, as part of this new joint initiative, Toyota will expand its existing partnership with Subaru to test ‘carbon-neutral’ synthetic fuels in a race environment. Next year, Subaru and Toyota will enter a BRZ and GR 86, respectively, into Japan’s Super Taikyu race series (in which the hydrogen-combustion Corolla currently races) using synthetic fuel derived from biomass.

More »

Elsewhere » Green Car Congress

Lufthansa is purchasing $250 million of sustainable jet fuel to help curb emissions

Bloomberg »

Lufthansa has a mixed record when it comes to curbing emissions. While the company has invested in more fuel efficient jets, its planes are usually emptier than those of rivals including Ryanair Holdings Plc, meaning a Lufthansa flight typically generates more emissions per passenger.

The three-year period in question is also likely to coincide with a significant upturn in air traffic as the corporate and leisure travel industries recover from the coronavirus pandemic. Lufthansa is expecting to offer 70% of normal capacity in 2022, according to an earnings report released Wednesday, with that figure like to rise in subsequent years.

More »

Prodrive and Coryton Advanced Fuels develop sustainable racing fuel from agricultural waste and carbon captured from the atmosphere

Jack Harrison, Autocar »

The main components of the fuel are produced from second-generation biofuel (manufactured from agricultural waste) and e-fuels created by capturing carbon from the atmosphere. These allow ECOpower to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% compared with “equivalent petrol”.

Developed at Prodrive’s Banbury headquarters in Oxfordshire, the fuel can be “used as a direct replacement for unleaded petrol in almost any vehicle”. The firm has already run its new Hunter T1+ racer (an evolution of the Hunter T1 that finished fifth overall at this year’s Dakar rally) on the fuel without any modifications to the existing petrol engine. The company also intends to run a “near-identical” fuel in road vehicles to prove the technology further.

More »

There are over 1 billion ICE vehicles on the road today around the world. Sustainable BioFuels could be an important and valuable tool in fighting climate change.

© 2022 Joe Public

Theme by Anders NorenUp ↑