This research will enable efficient and environmentally sound utilization of ethanol blends in internal combustion engines. Future engines may play a supporting role in electrified vehicles by serving as battery charging range extender (REx) engine-generators.
Research Category: Fuels & Emissions
The economic value of traditional cash crops are enhanced by finding new uses in diversified products. Such applications are particularly effective in enhancing health, nutrition and disease prevention. Considerable potential exists for the recovery of useful moieties from the waste streams and co products of corn processing.
Currently, the market for corn ethanol is less than 15 billion gallons a year. A mid-level (20% – 30% ethanol) gasoline blend with the octane rating of today’s premium, if widely available,
The University of Minnesota (UMN) has demonstrated a dual-fuel hydrous ethanol injection system for use on existing diesel engines that can replace up to 40% diesel fuel use by energy with ethanol.
In this preliminary investigative project, the University of Minnesota team led by Prof. Will Northrop will design and construct a small reactor for partially reforming ethanol and ethanol blends at high thermal efficiency.