Special Issue "Advances in Alternative Fuel and Low Greenhouse Gas Emissions for the Internal Combustion Engine-Based Powertrains"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 October 2020) | Viewed by 6804
Interests: internal combustion engines; thermo-fluidynamics of M.C.I.; engine–fuel interaction; alternative engine fuels; engine control; design and development of high efficiency powertrain systems; alternative propulsion systems
Interests: advanced propulsion systems; alternative fuels; internal combustion engines
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Global energy and mobility systems are facing the difficult challenge to cut the net green-house gas emissions to zero in a about three decades.
Referring to the Europe case, the 2030 SET-PLAN targets are as follows: at least a 40% cut in greenhouse gas emissions compared with 1990, at least 32% of the total energy consumption from renewable energy, and at least a 32.5% increase in energy efficiency. As a long-term goal (2050), the EU aims to cut its emissions by 80%–95% compared with 1990 levels.
Looking at the transport sector, it remains very dependent on oil, with oil-derived fuels accounting for about 95% of the final energy consumption in transport, while about 98% of the circulating cars are powered by internal combustion engines (including hybrids). Therefore, it will very difficult to fully decarbonize the transportation sector in two/three decades, when almost all of the vehicles are powered by combustion engines that mainly use fossil fuels.
In order to achieve the CO₂ emission targets, it is general accepted that there is not a bullet solution, but multiple and simultaneous concepts of energy carriers and powertrain technologies are necessary. The majority of “sector” studies show that the target of a sustainable on-road transport requires a progressive increase in alternative fully-renewable fuels, in particular, to supply all of the transport sectors for which battery and fuel-cell electric vehicles will not fully satisfy the mobility demand.
Then, the gaseous and liquid renewable fuels used in hybrid thermal-electric powertrains will have a strategic role in the de-carbonization roadmap of the road transport in developed countries. In this context, automotive fuel technology is rapidly evolving towards alternative solutions, suitable for different engine systems, namely: spark and compression ignition, gaseous and liquid, oxygenated compounds and so on—all aimed at being renewable and sustainable.
The present Special Issue aims to give an overview of the most recent advances in the field of alternative fuels for the automotive sector, collecting high quality papers from important research teams in the world, who are working on engine–fuel interactions and exhaust-after treatment-fuel interaction, CO2 minimization from thermal engines, and new engines for new renewable fuels.
Dr. Carlo Beatrice
Dr. Gabriele Di Blasio
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- Alternative automotive fuels
- Sustainable mobility
- CO2 reduction from internal combustion engines
- Pollutant emission reduction from thermal powertrains