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, Volume 80, Issue 3, pp 48–51 | Cite as

Synthetic Fuels in Large Engines - How Internal Combustion Engines Become CO2-neutral

  • Matthias Auer
  • Gunnar Ganzer
  • Peter Müller-Baum
  • Gunnar Stiesch
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The combustion engine, and in particular the diesel engine, is already regarded by some as an outdated model. As an alternative, electric drives in particular are considered - supplied with electricity by batteries or fuel cells. Such a view, however, is too short-sighted for an industry - for example the shipping industry - in which from a purely physical point of view, today's battery technologies can only be a supplement, but not an alternative to classic combustion engines in marine applications.

Defossilization of energy sources

Even in the distant future, large tankers or container ships will not travel across the oceans solely with electrical energy from batteries. And even in the energy sector, where large quantities of electricity are already generated from wind and solar energy, there is a need for flexible power plants to bridge the so-called "dark doldrums." Here, modern gas engine plants are often referred to as the optimal solution to fill the gap. But what can be done...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Matthias Auer
    • 1
  • Gunnar Ganzer
    • 2
  • Peter Müller-Baum
    • 3
  • Gunnar Stiesch
    • 1
  1. 1.MAN Energy Solutions SEAugsburgGermany
  2. 2.MAN Energy Solutions SEDeggendorfGermany
  3. 3.VDMAFrankfurtGermany

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