Promising Alternative Fuels for Improving Emissions from Future Vehicles

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 2:00pm

About the Event

Alternative fuels—including low-carbon fossil fuels such as compressed natural gas and biofuels such as renewable ethanol—will play a key role in improving emissions from tomorrow’s vehicles. A diverse field of fuels has been proposed to replace the current gasoline and diesel paradigm.

This presentation provided an overview of promising fuels currently being studied at the TE Murphy Engine Research Laboratory at the University of Minnesota. Current programs include an investigation of hydrous ethanol and dimethyl ether as replacements for diesel. Proposed research will investigate the use of Minnesota biomass resources for producing compressed hydrogen to power fuel cell electric vehicles.


William Northrop is an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Minnesota. His research interests are in the area of internal combustion engines and energy conversion. His work involves fundamental combustion research, emissions characterization, novel engine cycle development, and alternative fuel use. He is currently leading projects to characterize and reduce harmful emissions from combustion-powered devices and to reduce fuel consumption in engines used primarily in transportation applications.