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The named scientific works are funded by the following establishment:

European Commission (HORIZON 2020)


Selected scientific works:
  • ALIGN-CCUS - "Research plant for producing soot-free diesel replacements"
  • EAGLE - "Efficient Additivated Gasoline Lean Engine"
  • PaREGEn - "Particle Reduced, Efficient Gasoline Engines"
  • IMPERIUM - "IMplementation of Powertrain Control for Economic and Clean Real driving emIssion and fuel ConsUMption"
  • POWERFUL - "POWERtrain for FUture Light-duty vehicles" (abgeschlossen 2014)
  • BEAUTY – "Bio-Ethanol engine for Advanced Urban Transport by Light Commercial Vehicle & Heavy DutY" (abgeschlossen 2010)


Research plant for producing soot-free diesel replacements

Funding European Commission, ERA-Net Cofund ACT
Projectnumber 691712 / 271501

Thirty-one companies, research institutes and universities from five countries are working on the joint project ALIGN-CCUS to separate, use and store carbon dioxide. Europe has a unique CO2 research infrastructure, RWE Power’s Coal Innovation Centre in Niederaussem will play a vital role in this, exploring techniques for producing fuels and high-quality basic substances for the chemical industry from carbon dioxide.

RWE Power is contributing its CO2 pilot scrubbing unit as a test platform. It will serve as a source of carbon dioxide for the demonstration plant. The demonstration facility is scheduled to be commissioned in two years and following a test phase will produce low-emissions diesel replacement fuel for use in diesel engines.

The concept behind the ALIGN-CCUS project is important and more topical than ever, focussing on using carbon dioxide, water and electricity to obtain a diesel replacement fuel with minimised soot combustion and low nitrous oxide production.

The hydrogen obtained reacts with the CO2 provided in a synthesiser to create dimethyl ether (DME). The intention is for renewable sources to increasingly supply the required electricity, which will be stored chemically as fuel by this method.

The engines themselves would not have to be converted and catalyst systems and additives would be reduced. DME has to be pressurised in order to be stored therefore the injector systems and tanks would have to be modified.

Period 2017-2020

Title Efficient Additivated Gasoline Lean Engine



European Commission




The EAGLE project (Efficient Additivated Gasoline Lean Engine) aims at improving the energy efficiency of European road transport vehicles by developing a highly efficient gasoline engine adapted for future electrified powertrains.

By combining new advanced technologies, the EAGLE project will support the European automobile industry to reach the forthcoming CO2 emissions target of 50 g CO2/km while complying with standards in terms of particulates and NOx emissions.

The engine efficiency will be significantly increased by the use of advanced insulating coating materials and ultra-lean mixtures. However, since the flame propagation is unstable in lean mixtures, the combustion process will be supported by a high cylinder charge motion, an advanced in-volume ignition system, and the use of hydrogen.


2016 - 2020


Title PaREGEn - "Particle Reduced, Efficient Gasoline Engines"
Acronym "Particle Reduced, Efficient Gasoline Engines"
Homepage PaREGEn
Funding European Commission, Horizon 2020
Projectnumber 723954

PaREGEn addresses engines used in mid to premium passenger cars. Through using state of the art techniques, like optical engines, modelling and simulation tools (for new control strategies or understanding particle formation) and applying new engine componentry, the optimal trade-off between efficiency and emissions will be found. Of attention will be the control of particle numbers between 10 to 23 nm.

Completion of the project will show the way forward to a 15% CO2 reduction along with real driving emissions limits.

Period 10/2016 - 09/2019

Title Implementation of Powertrain Control for Economic and Clean Real driving emIssion and fuel Consumption
Funding European Commission, Horizon 2020, Grant Agreement No. 713783
Projectnumber H2020 GV-06-2015

Fuel economy is a key aspect to reduce operating costs and improve the efficiency of freight traffic, thus increasing truck competitiveness. The main objective of the IMPERIUM project is to achieve fuel consumption reduction of up to 20% (diesel , UREA).

The IMPERIUM consortium, regrouping major European actors, is responsible for 45% of the heavy duty vehicles manufactured in the EU and is able to provide a 100% European value chain for the development of future powertrain control strategies for trucks.

Period 09/2016 - 08/2019




Title POWERFUL - "POWERtrain for FUture Light-duty vehicles" (abgeschlossen 2014)
Funding Europaen Commission
Projectnumber 234032

The project aims to develop new drive concepts that make a significant contribution to the implementation of the 50% CO2 savings target (compared to 2005) for cars and light trucks.

The following concepts are to be investigated:

  • Ultra-downsizing of gasoline engines (VVA, turbocharging, direct injection)
  • Two-stroke reduced diesel engine (HCCI, low temperature combustion)
  • Combined combustion systems (compression-ignition engines, new types of fuel)

In addition, other disciplines will be integrated to support the research, including: advanced simulation methods of drive integration, advanced approaches to friction reduction, methods for real emission analyzes (PEMS).

Period 01/2010 - 12/2013


BEAUTY – "Bio-Ethanol engine for Advanced Urban Transport by Light Commercial Vehicle & Heavy DutY"




European Commission




The objective of the project is to build engine solutions based on the three technological ways able to meet ambitious targets in terms of:

  • future emission limits (Euro 6)
  • fuel conversion efficiency (at least 10% higher than that of a today SI engine running on equivalent bioethanol blends)
  • cold startability down to -15 °C of ambient temperature

Starting from existing powertrains, the engine systems (including aftertreatment), components and materials will be adapted and optimised. The project set out to identify the most promising route for maximising the benefits in terms of local and global emissions.


01/2009 - 04/2011