Interactive Workshop Day: Tuesday, 9th September 2008
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- Workshop A: Hydrogen – The future energy carrier?
- Workshop B: Biofuels and their effects on IC engine, aftertreatment and fuel reformers
- Workshop C: Are alcohol fuels a viable alternative to the hydrogen economy?
- Workshop D: Strategic assessment of the market for future biofuels
9:30 - 12:30 Workshop A: Hydrogen – The future energy carrier?
Hydrogen has been hailed as the future energy carrier as many times as it has been belittled as a bubble about to burst. The workshop aims to provide a real-world picture, with attention to both incentives and drawbacks, of the use of hydrogen as an automotive fuel.
The workshop will address the following topics:
- Pros and cons of fuel cells versus hydrogen-fuelled internal combustion engines
- Hydrogen versus electricity
- Misconceptions about hydrogen, in the public and among engineers/scientists
- What is the best/most realistic option of introducing hydrogen technology?
- Where will the hydrogen come from? Can it be a biofuel?
- How does hydrogen compare to other alternatives?
Transport Technology Research Group Department of Flow
Heat and Combustion Mechanics
Ghent University, Belgium
9:30 - 12:30 Workshop B: Biofuels and their effects on IC engine, aftertreatment and fuel reformers
A major challenge for using biofuels is the effects they may have in the engine performance and emission. An exact forecast needs to be done in order to ensure that these new fuels are compatible with the engine technologies and in order to ensure ongoing best performance of the engine, the combustion process and the aftertreatment system. This workshop will introduce these aspects interactively with the group. It will provide a best practice guideline for tomorrow’s biofuel usage.
You will discuss in detail the following aspects:
- Evaluating the effects of innovative biofuels on the IC engine
- Determining the most important issues to be considered for aftertreatment systems
- Assessing new ways for fuel reformers
- Outlook on the fuel reforming process for on-board hydrogen production from biofuels
Dr. Athanasios Tsolakis
School of Engineering
University of Birmingham UK
13:30 - 16:30 Workshop C: Are alcohol fuels a viable alternative to the hydrogen economy?
The workshop will review the use of alcohol fuels in internal combustion engines, and a possible route to their widespread adoption will be proposed. It will include a debate to engage delegates in discussion of the wider aspects.
- Geopolitical aspects and drivers for consideration of an alternative basis for the automotive energy economy will be reviewed
- In this context, the advantages and disadvantages of gaseous versus liquid fuels in the automotive arena will be discussed
- The particular benefits of the physico-chemical properties of alcohols in engine combustion systems will be covered
- The use of high performance vehicles to expedite the wider adoption of alcohol fuels is advocated
- Future options to secure adequate supply of alcohol fuels are examined, including the synthesis of alcohols from hydrogen and CO2
Dr. Richard Pearson
Technical Specialist and CAE Analyst
Lotus Engineering, UK
Chief Marketing Officer, Bio MCN
13:30 - 16:30 Workshop D: Strategic assessment of the market for future biofuels
The automotive engine is one of the most highly sensitive parts of the car as such - above all in terms of fuels. The 10% biofuels regulation therefore has been delayed. Nevertheless OEMs have to achieve the European emission standards and nonetheless biofuels remain the most promising way to reach these goals. This interactive session provides you first with insight information on the latest market analysis and forecasts of biofuels and alternative fuel vehicles and then provides you the opportunity to put together your roadmap 2020 for biofuels. Together with your colleagues you will discuss trends and challenges and evaluate different ways to success.
- Global trends and forecasts for different engines and alternative fuels
- Market analysis and forecasts of 2nd generation biofuels
- Market analysis and forecasts of alternative fuel vehicles
Research Manager - Powertrain, Automotive & Transpor tation
Frost & Sullivan, UK
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