DOE funds 6 projects for co-optimization of engines and fuels

By Erin Voegele | September 13, 2018

The U.S. Department of Energy has announced it will award 42 projects a total of $80 million to support advanced vehicles technologies research. Approximately $10.1 million of that funding will support six projects focused on the co-optimization of engines and fuels.

“Improving the affordability of transportation for American consumers and businesses keeps our economy moving,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry. “By investing in a broad range of technologies, DOE is ensuring America remains at the forefront of innovation.”

Selected projects were awarded funding under five main project areas. Approximately $31.9 million is going to 13 projects focused on batteries and electrification, with $8.4 million awarded to six projects focused on materials, $26.8 million awarded to 16 projects focused on technology integration, $10.1 million awarded to six projects focused on the co-optimization of engines and fuels, and $3.4 million awarded one project focused on off-road and fluid power systems.

The $10.1 million awarded to engines and fuels projects will support research on advanced multi-mode engines with co-optimized fuels for light-duty vehicles and bio-derived blendstocks for diesel engines for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles. The DOE said these six projects support DOE’s Co-Optima initiative, a joint effort between the Vehicle Technologies and Bioenergy Technologies Offices to develop fuel and engine innovations that work together to maximize vehicle performance and fuel economy.

The six engines and fuel projects include:

Auburn University: $2 million for bio-production and evaluation of renewable butyl acetate as a desirable bio-blendstock for diesel fuel.

Hyundai-Kia America Technical Center Inc.: $2.17 million for co-optimized, mixed-mode gasoline compression ignition/spark-ignition engine system to improve fuel economy.

SUNY University of Stony Brook: $1.49 million for naphthenic biofuel-diesel blend for optimizing mixing controlled compression ignition combustion.

University of Massachusetts Lowell: $1 million for renewable fuel additives from woody biomass.

University of Michigan: $2 million for tailored bio-blendstocks with low environmental impact to optimize MCCI engines.

University of Wisconsin – Madison: $3.44 million for ultra-efficient diesel engine for off-road vehicles, with integrated mechanical energy storage.

A full list of the 42 funded projects can be downloaded from the DOE website.