reFuels - Rethinking Fuels

The utilization of renewable produced fuels (reFuels) is one of the main actions next to electric mobility on the way to CO2 neutral mobility. These fuels use carbon-containing residues of agriculture and forestry, as well as, industry and municipality waste. Other fuel-generation processes compound CO2 with hydrogen produced from the electrolysis process. All these fuels form the group of reFuels.

The project consortium comprises several institutes of the KIT and other partners from the industry. The aim of the project is to assess the complete value chain, from the production of the fuels to the application in the vehicle, of these fuels. The Institute for Industrial Production, on one hand, examines the impact of the production processes on the energy system of Baden-Württemberg and Germany. The focus of this task is the assessment of the additional flexibility of these processes, the CO2 savings in the mobility sector and the increasing integration of renewable energy sources. On the other hand, a techno-economic analysis of the different production processes is conducted. This task aims to deliver deeper understanding of investment volumes and the cost structure of different process constellations. This includes aspects of logistics and necessary infrastructure, which have an additional impact on the final integration costs of the processes. Finally, the implementation of a pilot plant at the facility of one project partner will be simulated and assessed. The project results support deeper insights on reFuels, their production processes and useful applications. Furthermore, they help to further decrease the greenhouse gas emissions in the mobility sector.

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