Audi Created Fully Ecological Synthetic Gasoline
|   Thursday, June 18, 2015
The German manufacturer Audi, in collaboration with the companies, Global Bioenergies and Fraunhofer Center for Chemical-Biotechnological Processes, produced the first grams of petrol without using fossil fuels, with an octane rating announced to be equal to 100!

At the end of last year, those at Audi announced the launch of a pilot project which stipulated the production of biodiesel from electricity, water and air. Last month, the German manufacturer has successfully produced the first batch of biodiesel, and currently the Germans still come with great news – they have managed to produce e-petrol - an ecological version of the classic gasoline.


Besides the fact that the e-gasoline can boast of its lack of fossil fuels and an octane rating of 100 RON (Research Octane Number), the Germans noted the lack of sulfur and benzene, which leads to an extremely clean combustion process. In other words, high compression ratio engines can use without any problem the new product.

"This first batch of renewable gasoline represents a historic milestone. It is the kickoff of a new, large scale, and decentralized industry which respects the environment and will gradually substitute traditional fossil hydrocarbons" declared Marc Delcourt, Global Bioenergies CEO.

The next step in the development of new biofuel, at least in terms of gasoline substitutes, is the removal of biomass (made from different types of waste products) resulting from the production process. Therefore, Audi wants to make fuel from water, hydrogen, CO2 and solar energy.

At this moment, this is not the first environmentally friendly fuel on which the Germans are working. A few weeks ago was announced the first batch of biodiesel production manufactured by Audi AG. In addition, the German company already industrially produces what it calls "e-gas", an ecological substitute for methane. Among the projects undertaken, we can list "e-diesel", "e-benzin" and "e-ethanol", the German manufacturer seeking a synthetic and ecological alternative to every fuel type currently very popular on a global level.

Global Bioenergies counts itself among the very few global companies (the only one in Europe) that are working on a process of converting renewable resources into hydrocarbons using fermentation.

Global Bioenergy operates a pilot plant for the production of isobutene, which is the starting material for Audi's "e-Benzin" in the French city of Pomaks, near Reims. Isobutene is produced there from renewable raw materials instead of oil. Another project partner is the Fraunhofer Center for Chemical-Biotechnological Processes (CPB) in Leuna, Saxony-Anhalt. The researchers there have used hydrogen to convert the gaseous isobutene into liquid isooctane. Global Bioenergy is working on a demonstration plant at the Fraunhofer Center, which will begin large-scale production in 2016.

"The confirmation that Global Bioenergies' renewable isobutene is compatible with a commonly used fossil isobutene to isooctane conversion technology represents a key step on our way to Audi ‘e-benzin'. We are now looking forward to working together with Global Bioenergies on a technology allowing the production of renewable isooctane not derived from biomass sources, following Audi's ‘e-fuels' strategy" stated Reiner Mangold, Audi's chief of sustainable product development.
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