Fuel

  • Part of what you buy with a Bentley is a sense of exclusivity, but that can quickly evaporate with having to queue for gas like everyone else. The British marque is now trialing a new "concierge fuel service" where drivers can choose exactly where and when their vehicle is refueled.
  • Water injection has recently found a home on the BMW M4 GTS, but the technology hasn't really drifted down to more mundane metal yet. Bosch wants to change that, offering up its water injection technology with the promise of more power and better fuel efficiency from compact engines.​
  • 3D-printed electrical engines and adaptive wings are among the five technological concepts selected for NASA's Convergent Aeronautics Solutions project this year, which will now undergo a two-year study with a view to reducing aircraft fuel and emissions.
  • Used to make most of our disposable food and beverage containers, polyethylene is produced at a staggering volume of over 100 million metric tons each year, most of which ends up in landfills. Now researchers have devised a way to recycle this waste into usable liquid fuel.
  • A new system that combines two existing technologies — coal gasification and fuel cells — could up coal-burning efficiency to between 55 and 60 percent, in effect halving the amount of carbon dioxide produced for producing the same amount of energy using today's methods.
  • Last year, Nissan and Foster + Partners announced a joint brain trust to consider the Fuel Station of the Future. A vision has now been unveiled in which the Fuel Station of the Future is conceived as the home, the street, the city and indeed the car itself – but not, ironically, as a fuel station.
  • Researchers have demonstrated a one-step conversion of carbon dioxide and water directly into a simple and inexpensive liquid hydrocarbon fuel using a combination of high-intensity light, concentrated heat, and high pressure.
  • US researchers claim to have created an efficient way to take carbon dioxide directly from the air and convert it into methanol - a process which could help the atmosphere and provide clean burning fuel at the same time.
  • Researchers at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) in South Africa have developed a new fuel, known as Coalgae. Made from a combination of algae and coal dust, the latter of which is a waste product, the fuel could have a significant positive impact on the environment.
  • Researchers have developed a new method that allows for the production of cleaner diesel. According to the team, the technique could easily be scaled up to industrial levels for use within the next decade.
  • Many people are killed by the flames and smoke that result when jet fuel ignites in plane crashes. Researchers are now trying to minimize the chances of that happening, with an additive that helps reduce the intensity of postimpact fuel fires.
  • Just weeks after producing its first batch of synthetic diesel fuel made from carbon dioxide and water, Audi has laid claim to another synthetic, clean-burning and petroleum-free fuel called "e-benzin." The fuel was created by Audi's project partner Global Bioenergies, in France.