Contribution to Engine Development
This project has pushed vegetable oil fuel and engine technology a big leap ahead by making fuel-engine concepts available that fit to the forthcoming EURO 6 norm which will be valid from 2012 onwards. This is a quantum leap if one considers that even a considerable number of engine specialists have never heard about engine concepts which allow achieving the currently permitted emission levels when fuelling the engine with vegetable oil fuel.
The strategy followed in this project, to go ahead with tractor engine development and demonstration as long as no hybrid vehicles are available in sufficient number for doing a medium-scale demonstration, has anticipated the forthcoming development of high efficient and low-emission hybrid vehicles. With a comprehensive activity on hybrid engine development in addition, this project has prepared the ground for a quick implementation of vegetable oil application in hybrid engines as soon as these will come on the market.