From 4th to 8th November, 2019 delegates of the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) Technology Collaboration Programme (TCP) Advanced Motor Fuels (AMF) participated in the 58th meeting of the Executive Committee (ExCo) in Montreux, Switzerland. The Agency for Renewable Resources (FNR) represented Germany in the meeting; it was furthermore supported by the German Biomass Research Centre (DBFZ). DBFZ is mainly involved in Annex 56 “Methanol as motor fuel”, and is receiving funding from BMEL via FNR (19NR005); DBFZ also contributes to Annex 58, decarbonising transport, which is linked to IEA Bioenergy Task 41.
The ExCo meeting consisted of an informal and formal part, in which current work and upcoming steps were discussed. In addition, AMF ExCo meeting partners had the opportunity to participate in a field trip, visiting Liebherr Machines in Bulle on the last day. Approximately 25 partners from 13 countries participated in the IEA AMF TCP ExCo Meeting.
On 6th November a joint Workshop of the TCPs Combustion and AMF was conducted. Nearly 90 international experts attended the Workshop originating from ca. 15 countries, joining research and development, demonstration and good practice examples. In two sessions, ‘low emission combustion systems with conventional fuels’ and ‘novel fuels for advanced engine concepts’ participants of the workshop elaborated potential concepts for the future development of the transport sector with special regard to the mitigation of GHG emissions in both TCP Combustion and TCP AMF. One main outcome of the workshop and of the AMF Meeting was, that in order to meet national and international climate protection goals until 2030 and beyond, the transport sector will have to offer multiple approaches and solutions for all kinds of transport modes: light and heavy duty vehicles, shipping, rail and aviation. Hence, for example, electro mobility will not be able to solve the future demand in low or even zero emission fuels in the transport sector. In fact, already existing concepts in R&D need to be implemented and brought to the market in a short-term perspective. They furthermore have to be made available for end users - at reasonable prices - within the upcoming 10 years. Therefore social dialogue and communication between R&D and industry, as well as policy makers have to be fostered.
The 59th ExCo Meeting will take place in Xi’an, 18-22 May, 2020, and will be jointly organised by the Chinese Automotive Technology and Research Centre and the Argonne National Laboratory (USA). Denmark will host the 60th ExCo Meeting in the first week of November 2020.
FNR is contracting partner of IEA-AMF and represents Germany on behalf of the BMEL.