바이런트에너지시스템스라는 업체가 기존 가솔린 엔진 차에 사용할 수 있는 생체연료를 개발했습니다. 이 업체는 기존 가솔린 내연기관 차에 사용할 수 있는 생체연료를 개발해 왔으며, 이를 기존 가솔린 엔진에 사용하는 것을 테스트했습니다.
이번 실험에는 유럽차 5개 모델을 대상으로 진행했으며, 각 모델들은 생체연료를 이용해 6000마일 이상을 성공적으로 주행했습니다.
그리고 생체연료를 사용하는 것이 엔진에 무리를 주지 않는 것으로 확인됐습니다.
아직 검증할 부분이 많지만, 이미 이 회사의 생체연료에 많은 자동차 업체들이 관심을 가지고 있는 것으로 알려졌습니다.
하이브리드카나 전기차를 개발하지 않고도 기존 차량에도 적용할 수 있는 생체연료를 쓸 수 있기 때문입니다.
Madison, Wisconsin August 23, 2011 – Virent has taken another step in the gasoline
certification process, successfully completing its first road fleet test organized and executed by Virent collaborator, Royal Dutch Shell. Virent's biogasoline was found to cause "no harm" to
vehicles in comparison to Shell's baseline fuel.
Shell used five identical pairs of late-model European cars for the road trial. Five cars used a
baseline Shell gasoline, and the other five cars used Shell gasoline blended with Virent's
biogasoline. Each car was driven 10,000 km (~6,000 miles) over the course of 2010, after which
the engines were dismantled and inspected. All ten cars, regardless of the gasoline used, were
found to be in the same condition.
"The Shell road trial results are encouraging and an important step forward in the
commercialization of the BioForming process," said Lee Edwards, CEO of Virent. "Our objective
is to replace gasoline made from crude oil with gasoline made from plant sugars, and the fact
that the Virent fueled cars performed the same shows we're off to a good start." The road trial is one of many steps in Virent's journey towards fuel certification.
The Virent process uses continuous catalytic chemistry to convert plant sugars directly into a
premium gasoline blendstock, with molecular composition identical to fuel made at a petroleum
refinery. The sugars can be sourced from conventional biofuel feedstocks such as sugar beets,
corn and sugar cane, or as proven recently, from cellulosic biomass like corn stover and pine
Virent's fuels and chemicals are considered "drop-in," meaning they can be blended seamlessly
into other fuels at high percentages and without any changes to today's fuel infrastructure. The
company's patented process creates industry-ready molecules that can utilize existing
refineries, pipelines, tanks, trucks, stations and pumps, safely powering the engines of cars,
trucks, motorcycles, watercraft and other gasoline powered small engines
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