Innovative fuel additives decreasing NOx and particle emissions

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Decreasing the NOx and particle pollution generated by transport over the last 20 years has primarily been achieved by fitting catalysts to petrol fuelled vehicles. Recent statistics shows a limited impact of this approach. We propose a new route using additives to liquid fuel decreasing the emission of combustion-related pollution. This new solution is compatible with the existing technologies ensuring synergy between complementary approaches. Our previous experience with additives to solid fuel has shown a strong impact for industrial sintering, yielding a reduction in NOx by factor of 3. The principle and efficiency of this process will be extended to other sectors, in particular to road and maritime transport.

Creation date: 25/05/2016

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Overall objective

Decreasing the NOx and particle emissions from road and maritime transport is the overall objective of the GreenFuel project. According to European Environmental Agency (2014), the NOx emissions between 1991 and 2011 decreased by 44%. However, the NOx concentrations in EU28 countries in recent years have not fallen as planned. In particular, in France they remain 38% above the level required by the EU and do not show any tangible decrease over the last four years. The expected change the GreenFuel project will make is ensuring further NOx and particle reduction to meet the 2020 Gothenburg target.

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New efficient additives for liquid fuel significantly decreasing combustion–related NOx and particle emissions. Portable sensitive instrument for detection of multiple gas pollutants, novel prototype NOx sensors to measure pollution in a realistic transport environment, and innovative instrument for measuring combustion-related nanoparticles.

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Expected result

The expected result of innovative additives to liquid fuel is a two-fold decrease of polluting NOx emissions from road and maritime transportation. We also expect a decrease of combustion related nanoparticles.

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Cross-border added-value

Decreasing the NOx and particle emissions from road and maritime transport is by definition not confined to a single territory but requires a cross-border solution. All regions involved in the project are close to major harbours with associated heavy transport densities and industrial activities. The expected project results a twofold decrease of NOx emissions, portable instruments and sensors for in situ NOx and particulate matter (PM) monitoring also require extensive collaboration between the cross-border, which all have advanced and complementary knowledge related to the project objectives.