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Topsøe launches R&D for new diesel fuel

By Gerald Ondrey |

Haldor Topsøe A/S (Lyngby, Denmark; www.topsoe.com) and the Danish Technological Institute (www.dti.dk) have received 1-million euros from the Danish Energy Agency for a project aiming to turn bioethanol into an economic and sustainable replacement of fossil fuels for diesel vehicles. The funding is part of the “Energy Development and Demonstration Program” aimed at the development and demonstration of energy technologies. Diesel engines cannot run on bioethanol, because the cetane number is too low, meaning that the motor cannot start. The project goal is to uncover how bioethanol can be converted into diethyl ether using a catalytic process: The diethyl ether may subsequently be applied as diesel fuel. “We expect to draw on our experience from diesel catalysis as well as industrial production of dimethyl ether,” says Pär Gabrielsson, project manager in Topsøe’s R&D. “Topsoe sees great potential in the project, which will make bioethanol applicable for diesel vehicles — this will be of great importance to the environment,” says Claus Hviid Christensen, project director in Topsøe’s R&D. Topsøe sees the technology as an important step towards…
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