Research project NAMOSYN

2019/04/10

Research project NAMOSYN

Sustainable mobility through synthetic fuels

Researchers from four mechanical engineering research groups at TU Darmstadt have submitted funding proposals for the research project NAMOSYN (“sustainable mobility through synthetic fuels”). The project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. According to the research initiative's summary, 25 industrial partners, 15 research institutions and seven associations will team up for NAMOSYN.

Proposals have been submitted by the Institute for Reactive Flows and Diagnostics (RSM, professor Dreizler), the Institute for the Simulation of reactive Thermo-Fluid Systems (STFS, professor Hasse), the Institute for Internal Combustion Engines and Powertrain Systems (VKM, professor Beidl) and the Institute for Materials Technology (IfW, professor Oechsner). NAMOSYN aims at laying the fundamentals for a rapid and cross-sectoral introduction of sustainable synthetic fuels. This includes comprehensive R&D work on several alternative fuels for different fields with a focus on road and off-road vehicles and machines.

The proposed R&D activities range from testing commercially available synthetic fuels and their mixtures with each other or with standard (fossil) fuels, to the development and medium- and long-term production planning of new processes, lab and real-world testing. Furthermore, emission reduction, conformity and compatibility with existing cars and infrastructures will be investigated and evaluated.

The focus of TU Darmstadt researchers in the project is on the synthetic diesel substitute polyoxymethylene dimethyl ether (PODE or OME). Recent research has shown promising results but also the need for further investigations.

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