Collaboration to produce ultra-lean burn engine and e-fuel with the goal to reduce carbon dioxide emissions
Hyundai Motor Group announced recently announced that it has agreed with the Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Aramco) and King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), to jointly research and develop an advanced fuel for an ultra-lean-burn, spark-ignition engine that aims to lower the overall carbon dioxide emissions of a vehicle.
Hyundai Motor Group is conducting various R&D activities to minimize greenhouse gas emissions from internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles during its transition to battery electric vehicles (BEV) and fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV).
“BEVs and FCEVs will be Hyundai Motor Group’s ultimate technologies to achieve carbon neutral mobility, while eco-friendly ICE technology that combines eco-friendly fuel and ultra-lean burn engine will be the key to effectively reduce greenhouse gas emissions during our transition to EVs,” commented Alain Raposo, Executive VP, Hyundai Motor Group, leading the Electrified Propulsion Technical Unit.
Over the next two years, Hyundai Motor Group, Aramco, and KAUST will collaborate to research and potentially develop an advanced fuel formulation for use in combination with a novel combustion system. Hyundai Motor Group, with its automotive and technology leadership, will provide a state-of-the-art, ultra-lean-burn gasoline engine for use by the research team.
Aramco aims to leverage its advanced fuels technology to carefully design an effective fuel formulation. KAUST will oversee the modeling and verification of technologies, including engine testing, by providing state-of-the-art combustion research center. The collaboration is expected to create synergies leveraging each participant’s expertise.
“This is a space in which we are pushing boundaries and we are excited to be part of it,” remarked Ahmad O. Al-Khowaiter, Chief Technology Officer, Aramco.
“Building more efficient and less polluting transport systems is a critical contribution to the circular carbon economy approach to tackling climate change,” observed Professor Donal Bradley, Vice President, Research, KAUST.