Aramco's research and development efforts are aimed at speeding up transportation technologies that reduce emissions and improve fuel efficiency. Through the company's research centers in Dhahran, Paris, Detroit, and Shanghai, the company forms partnerships with leading automakers around the world.
Aramco, Hyundai Motor Group, and King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) have agreed to collaborate on the research and development of an improved fuel for an ultra lean-burn, spark-ignition engine with the goal of reducing a vehicle's overall CO2 emissions.
The two-year collaboration aims to create an ideal fuel formulation for usage in conjunction with a revolutionary combustion technology and an electrified hybrid car.
By incorporating Hyundai Motor Group's ultra-lean burn combustion architecture into a modern hybrid car, the research team hopes to unlock higher CO2 reduction potential.
Each partner brings a unique set of skills to the table. Aramco will employ its in-house knowledge to carefully design an ideal fuel formulation, as it has substantial R&D and operational experience in the field. Hyundai Motor Group, with its automotive and technology prowess, will supply the research team with a cutting-edge ultra-lean gasoline engine. Researchers from KAUST's Clean Combustion Research Center (CCRC) will undertake the testing.
"As hybrid electric vehicles are pushed out, the true challenge now lies in making strides with optimal fuels and extraordinary combustion systems," said Ahmad O. Al-Khowaiter, Aramco's Chief Technology Officer. The Aramco team will contribute fuel design and blending expertise to help Hyundai Motor Group increase engine combustion performance, which could lead to the use of synthetic e-fuels. We are pleased to be a part of this area where we are pushing limits."
"BEVs and FCEVs will be Hyundai Motor Group's ultimate technologies to achieve carbon neutral mobility," said Alain Raposo, Executive Vice President, "while eco-friendly advanced ICE technology that combines eco-friendly fuel and ultra-lean burn engine will be the key to effectively reduce greenhouse gas emissions during our transition to EVs."
"Building more efficient and less polluting transportation systems is a crucial contribution to the circular carbon economy approach to fighting climate change," said Professor Donal Bradley, KAUST Vice President for Research. With its great track record in the development and optimization of lower-carbon fuels, our Clean Combustion Research Center is well positioned to support this crucial breakthrough. On this fascinating project, we look forward to working closely with our friends at Aramco and Hyundai."