Alternative Fuels Research
Office of Automotive Engineering



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Developing renewable fuel sources is becoming increasingly important to address problems associated with fossil fuels and their effects on pollution and the overall global environment.

 
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The International Alternative Fuel
Technology Center

Developing renewable fuel sources is becoming increasingly important to address problems associated with fossil fuels and their effects on pollution and the overall global environment. Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) has extensive experience in producing and analyzing alternative fuels for government and industry, including but not limited to:

  • Biodiesel and biodiesel blends
  • Compressed natural gas (CNG)
  • Liquefied natural gas (LNG)
  • Dimethyl ether
  • Alcohol
    • Ethanol
    • Methanol
    • Butanol
    • Other alcohols
  • Fischer-Tropsch and paraffinic diesel blends components (GTL)
  • Hydroprocessed renewable fuel
  • Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG)
  • Paraffinic diesel blends components (GTL)
  • Renewable fuels
    • Bio mass
    • Algae
    • Waste
    • Other sources
  • Shale and coal derived fuels (STL)
  • Synthetic paraffinic kerosene (SPK)
  • Vegetable oils

Engine Optimization for Alternative Fuels Usage

In addition to the development of alternative fuels, SwRI also performs engine design, development and validation projects to optimize engines for these fuels. SwRI has considerable experience in reducing emissions and fuel consumption with natural gas, LPG, hydrogen and other low-carbon and no-carbon fuels.

Our modern and extensive chemistry laboratories are equipped to perform analytical requirements for biodiesel fuels according to ASTM D6751. Fuel registration programs are performed on a variety of conventional and non-petroleum based fuels. These programs include:

  • Section 211(b) of the Clean Air Act
  • California Air Resources Board (CARB) fuel waivers
  • Texas Council on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)

International Alternative Fuels Technology Center

SwRI draws on technical experts from multiple technical disciplines to specifically focus on alternative fuels, SwRI's International Alternative Fuels Technology Center (IAFTC). With more than 60 years of experience in automotive and fuels research and development, SwRI is uniquely positioned as an international expert in the research, development and evaluation of alternative and renewable fuels.

Related Terminology

fuel  •  alternative fuel  •  renewable fuels  •  biodiesel  •  natural gas  •  CNG  •  LNG  •  low carbon fuels  •  synthetic fuel  •  no-carbon fuels  •  hydrogen   •  IAFTC  •  fuel registration  •  fuel properties  •  gas to liquids  •  GTL  •  LPG  •  fuel additives

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05/14/14