Alternatives to conventional fuels are being sought worldwide. Alternative fuels such as biodiesel and synthetic products have the potential to significantly reduce the GHG emissions of technical processes. Already today, there are a large number of production processes for alternative fuels and thus an equally large variance of the same. If the potential of alternative raw materials is to be fully exploited, the properties and interactions of the fuels in potentially emerging multi-component blends must be investigated.
Research report published: Chemical and physical stability of middle distillates with alternative components
For this purpose, the BMWi has funded a research project in which, among other things, the interactions of different fuels during storage were identified and thus the long-term storage behaviour of complex multi-component fuels (e.g. HEL, OME and GtL) was characterised.
In addition, the researchers at the OWI and the Max Planck Institute have developed a long-term storage stability model of complex fuels with a high paraffin content. This provides information on the course of the oxidation stability and it is thus possible to adapt the fuel selection on the basis of the expected storage period of the application.
The structural elucidation of the fuels and ageing products requires further research.
OWI Science for Fuels gGmbH
Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung
DGMK Research Report 791 was published under the title "Determination of the chemical and physical stability of middle distillates with several alternative components under different storage conditions" and can be ordered directly from DGMK.
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The IGF project (19965 N) of the research association DGMK Deutsche Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft für Erdöl, Erdgas und Kohle e.V., Überseering 40, 22297 Hamburg was funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy via the AiF within the framework of the programme for the promotion of joint industrial research (IGF) on the basis of a resolution of the German Bundestag.