Securing energy for the long term

We continue to advance our efforts to develop new fuel and engine combinations. We plan to create automotive technologies that, in combination with innovative new fuels, can make a substantial impact on reducing emissions and improving efficiency, all while maintaining vehicle performance.

Our state-of-the-art Detroit Research Center enables researchers to collaborate with engine designers and major automakers to explore new fuels technology.

Our technology developments in this area are tested extensively in state-of-the-art research facilities around the world and in the labs of our collaborators — major automakers, engine designers, R&D organizations, and consortiums.

At our Detroit Research Center, five engine test laboratories and our first vehicle chassis dynamometer are now operational. Equipped with this lab, the Detroit team is able to demonstrate new fuels technology in both engines and whole vehicle systems.

Additional highlights from our research into fuel engine systems include:

Gasoline Compression Ignition

Working collaboratively with European and U.S. automakers, we demonstrated significant fuel efficiency and pollutant emissions improvements using Gasoline Compression Ignition (GCI) technology. This was done on several light-duty and heavy-duty platforms using market and blend stock gasoline fuels (like naphtha) instead of diesel.

Octane on demand

In collaboration with IFP Energies nouvelles (IFPEN), we demonstrated the feasibility of octane on demand in a light-duty vehicle. This approach utilizes two fuels to supply the necessary anti-knock quality based on engine requirements while improving fuel efficiency.

Fuel formulation tools

In collaboration with the KAUST Clean Combustion Research Center, we released two new fuel formulation tools in the public domain. First, AramcoMech 2.0 allows researchers to investigate the combustion behavior of different fuels under different conditions at a molecular level. This model has been cited in more than 380 international research institution publications and adopted by leading transportation companies for product development and research. Second, the Fuel Design Tool complements AramcoMech and can be used to develop surrogate fuels that match most of the physical and chemical properties of real fuels. This tool is web-based and supports the broader combustion research community.