Scania has been granted some 3 million euros by Sweden’s Strategic Vehicle Research and Innovation Initiative to help develop a biofuel engine intended for heavy commercial vehicles.
This research will show how the best characteristics of the diesel can be used in an engine that can operate on both alcohol and gaseous methane based fuels.
Scania will focus on developing an engine using sustainable biofuels that will combine the high energy efficiency of diesel (compression ignition) technology with the more efficient exhaust after treatment system of Otto (spark ignition) technology.
In its project, Scania is working together with experts in combustion and emission technology at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Lund University and Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden.
The project is part of a bilateral arrangement between Sweden and Brazil in which Scania has been engaged for some time in environmental collaboration with Vale Soluções em Energia SA on the further development of ethanol and gas fuelled industrial engines.