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Gasoline, diesel and? Overview of fuel alternatives!

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Gasoline, diesel and? Overview of fuel alternatives!

The fact is that all vehicles will have to show lower CO2 emissions in the next few years. No matter in which country or on which continent. The leading powers are pretty much in agreement on this, and so much will happen in the years to come. Perhaps not as consistently as in Europe, but a rethink will probably have to take place. CO2 emissions should be significantly reduced and the car is one way of contributing to CO2 reduction. Many see the electric car as a problem solver for reducing CO2. But many (including us) don't see it that way. With all the love for electromobility, one shouldn't forget other options. In addition to being powered by a battery, there are also other, more environmentally friendly alternatives.

Overview of fuel alternatives!

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  1. Overview of fuel alternatives!
  2. Synfuel, bioethanol, biodiesel, vegetable oil!
  3. Biomass-to-liquid - extraction from bio-waste
  4. Biogas as an alternative
  5. Vegetable oil as another alternative
  6. Bio-diesel as a further alternative
  7. Gas-to-liquid as a further alternative
  8. Bio-ethanol as another alternative
  9. Green hydrogen as another alternative
  10. Tutorials: Converting the vehicle to an alternative fuel

Overview of fuel alternatives!

Gasoline, diesel and? Overview of fuel alternatives!

Environmentally friendly alternatives to the electric car are possible with other fuels and more efficient engines. VW boss Herbert Diess recently spoke to Bill Gates about Formula 1. In a few years' time, Formula 1 will run exclusively on synthetic fuel. Synthetic fuels can be produced in many ways. Back to overview

Synfuel, bioethanol, biodiesel, vegetable oil

Synfuel is one of the current research projects. Fuels are also made from biowaste or gases. Well-known alternatives are bioethanol, biodiesel and vegetable oil. The last three fuels mentioned were subject to tax increases and are therefore no longer attractive for many motorists. Alternatives must be produced in a manner that is environmentally friendly and the synthetic fuel must be able to be used in an environmentally friendly manner. The production of synthetic fuels is discussed below. Back to overview

Biomass-to-liquid - extraction from bio-waste

Gasoline, diesel and? Overview of fuel alternatives!With the biomass-to-liquid method, a synthetic fuel is produced from biomass. Wood chips or straw, for example, are used as biomass. The biomass is converted using a thermo-chemical process. For this purpose, the biomass is converted into a synthesis gas that is cleaned and finally liquefied. The fuel is also known as Synfuel or XtL fuel. Production can reduce CO2. Biomass fuel is currently only produced in small quantities in test facilities. Industrial production is under discussion and a test project is currently underway on the biotechnology campus at TUM in Munich. Back to overview

Biogas as an alternative

Gasoline, diesel and? Overview of fuel alternatives!Biogas is created through the decomposition processes of natural products such as manure, maize and straw. In a biogas plant, the gas is produced and cleaned with the exclusion of oxygen. The next step is the biogas Bio methane. Bio-methane is comparable in its properties to natural gas. The alternative fuel is in CNG vehicles and is almost CO2-neutral in production because biomass is used. Bio methane is currently on 329 gas stations available in Germany. Interested motorists can find on the Internet at the gas stations. Back to overview

Vegetable oil as another alternative

Gasoline, diesel and? Overview of fuel alternatives!Vegetable oil is an alternative to conventional fuel that can also be used in older diesel engines. The fuel system must be adapted to the vegetable oil, but a change is possible. Then the car starts with diesel, can then be switched to vegetable oil, or as an alternative, the vegetable oil is brought to temperature by an auxiliary heater. However, the injection nozzles must be adjusted beforehand. The disadvantage of vegetable oil, however, is the smell, which can be compared to the one in a chip shop. But the fuel is CO2-neutral. However, its production is controversial. Food is burned for this.

Vegetable oil is available thoughHowever, 45 cents per liter of energy tax have to be paid, which is why many people find it not worthwhile to use. Back to overview

Bio-diesel as a further alternative

Gasoline, diesel and? Overview of fuel alternatives!Biodiesel can be produced from vegetable oils. Animal fats can also be used to produce bio-diesel. However, it is known that bio-diesel is made from rapeseed oil. The process of production is also known chemically as transesterification. A fuel is produced that has the properties of mineral diesel. Bio diesel is also called B100 known and can cause problems with hoses and seals in some motor vehicles. Use must be secured by approval from the car manufacturer.

B100 is a pure biodiesel and, like vegetable oil, has not been available at petrol stations since 2013. Here, too, there was a tax increase that was not worthwhile for many. However, bio-diesel is mixed with conventional diesel in a proportion of around 7 percent. The mixture is also known as B7. Back to overview

Gas-to-liquid as a further alternative

Gasoline, diesel and? Overview of fuel alternatives!Synthetic fuel can be made from many gases. However, CO2 emissions must be reduced, which is why only green gas can be used as a gas-to-liquid basis. For example, green hydrogen and CO2 are converted into synthetic natural gas. The synthetic natural gas is processed into synthetic fuels. The synthetic fuels offer the advantage that they can be adapted to common diesel and Otto engines and are much cleaner than conventional fuel. They are almost CO-neutral.

The synfuel from green gas is currently only produced in very small, hardly significant quantities. It is therefore almost not available. Back to overview

Bio-ethanol as another alternative

Gasoline, diesel and? Overview of fuel alternatives!Ethanol is better known as alcohol and can be used as a fuel in the form of a Bio-ethanol-gasoline mixture be used. Pure bio-ethanol, however, is not used. E85 mixtures are used with 15 percent gasoline and 85 percent ethanol. Bio-ethanol, however, leads to higher consumption and the vehicle requires a special control unit that detects the fuel alcohol content and adapts the engine management accordingly.

Bio-ethanol or E85 is also taxed. It is also better known at petrol stations as E5 or E10 with a corresponding mixture. Back to overview

Green hydrogen as another alternative

Hydrogen can be produced in a CO2-neutral manner. The surplus wind power and solar power is used for CO2-neutral production. Vehicles with expensive fuel cells are necessary to be able to process green hydrogen as fuel. In the future, green hydrogen should be available at more filling stations and around 50 percent of hydrogen at filling stations should come from CO2-neutral production. The hydrogen is generated quasi CO-neutrally and when used with a fuel cell it only emits water vapor as exhaust gas. That's why it's a very neat solution. Back to overview

Tutorials: Converting the vehicle to an alternative fuel

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