DEUTZ will be attending the 14th International Conference on Renewable Mobility, ‘Fuels
of the Future 2017’, in Berlin on 23 and 24 January as one of the event’s sponsors, underlining
its commitment to the development of carbon-neutral drive systems.
More than 500 participants from 30 countries are expected to attend this year’s conference,
which, as a leading event for the German and European biofuels industry, offers a broad
forum for dialogue between international representatives from politics, business and research.
Alongside biofuels, which are already being used to power combustion engines in a
carbon-neutral way, the increasing diversification of drive technologies and the research
and production of various fuels from renewable energy sources will be among the discussion
topics to which DEUTZ will be contributing at the conference.
Dr Markus Schwaderlapp, head of research and development at DEUTZ AG, explains: “In
future, it will be possible to achieve carbon neutrality in diesel engines by using synthetic
fuels. Researchers are currently looking at ways of producing synthetic diesel fuel that can
be mixed with fossil diesel in any ratio or used alone, using green electricity and a special
method of electrolysis (power-to-liquid). We believe these so-called ‘e-fuels’ mean there is
still great potential for diesel, even in the longer term.”
DEUTZ has already approved such fuels for use with specific engines in a number of initial
projects. One example is the carbon-neutral seminar ship which is currently sailing in German
waters under a solar-powered electro-hybrid drive system, aided on cloudy days by a
DEUTZ BF6 M1013 M engine. This has been approved under EN 15940 for use with paraffin
diesel fuels (XtL) and can thus be operated with a range of carbon-neutral fuels. Hydrated
vegetable oils (HVO) obtained from recycled vegetable oil and waste fats are currently
being used, but liquid fuels converted from gas (GtL) and biomass (BtL) are also an option;
in the near future, it will also be possible to use e-fuels (PtL).
“As an engine manufacturer, it is important that we play an active role in the development of
fuels and draw the right conclusions for our own product development. Going forward, this
will enable us to successfully position the benefits of the combustion engine – robust, mobile,
flexible and suitable for use by itself – in the drive-system mix of renewable mobility,”
says Dr Schwaderlapp.