Fossil and Biofuel Research Safeguards Sales Markets

Biodiesel and bioethanol are by far the most important alternative sustainable fuels in Germany and the European Union, not only today, but also in the years ahead. In Germany alone, they contributed about 7.7 million t CO2 equivalent towards greenhouse gas reduction in 2017. These biofuels are also by far the most important alternative fuels for attaining national energy and climate protection targets in transport on a global scale. Their ever-increasing importance is reflected in the statutory framework conditions for increasing admixture levels in the USA, Brazil, Argentina, as well as Malaysia and Indonesia. As a basic precondition for market access, this biofuel or different fuel mixtures must fulfil requirements relating to engine systems and emission laws at the same time.

In light of this, comprehensive biofuel system research is essential as a market-associated measure so that anticipated potentially negative interactions of the fuels – not only with each other, but also with engine components – can be evaluated and eliminated.  Approvals for different fuel mixtures determine the international or worldwide market development. While the relevant industry groups are implementing or have to implement the required statutory requirements under emissions law in the European Union, elsewhere political pressure is mounting to anchor technological concepts and biofuels in the market. Their market success is also established in the fact that this can be integrated comparatively easily in existing distribution systems and does not therefore lead to any additional investment costs or subsidies from tax revenues, in contrast to hydrogen technology or e-mobility.

In light of this, sustainable biofuels – optimised with greenhouse gases in mind – not only need to be developed further by systematic accompanying research, but also beyond this as a globally significant admixture component, while also examining synergy effects wherever possible. In view of the highly ambitious target time framework, climate protection measures cannot afford to dispense with existing and viable future options, especially in the transport sector that is continuing to grow globally. Against this background, scientists are presenting select research topics and results in the parallel forum “Biodiesel” of the 16th International Conference”, moderated by Dr Jürgen Krahl, Chairman of the UFOP Expert Commission “Biofuels and Renewable Resources”.

Dr Thomas Garbe, Volkswagen AG, explains in his presentation the significance of biodiesel as part of the solution for future mixed fuels. The focus here is on oxymethylene ether (OME), a renewable fuel that could play an increasing role in the renewable fuel mix long-term.Martin Kortschak from the Technology Transfer Center for Automotive Technology of Coburg University of Applied Sciences (TAC) discusses the influence of biofuels on emissions in conjunction with the so-called RDE test (Real Driving Emission) as an effective tool for fuel development.Dr Lukas Möltner, MCI Management Center Innsbruck, explains the consequences resulting from the ageing of biodiesel on oxidation mechanisms and engine usability and in the required countermeasures.The significance that the ageing process can have on various petrol and diesel fuels for black in-hybrid routes is outlined by Anja Singer from the TAC Coburg in her presentation.

In view of the international importance of biodiesel and bioethanol, it must be stressed that these research results are not only important for the German and European market, but are also of global interest because the engine requirements due to vehicle changes are also set to become stricter in key production and application countries in North and South America as well as in Asia. The Conference is therefore oriented towards all international research and industry groups interested in marketing as well as research and development in the field of biofuel production and application. The Conference offers an ideal platform for bringing science and industry together in this context.

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SFC Energy enters into hydrogen technology – SFC and adKor sign development partnership and licensing agreement for new H2 fuel cell generation with energy management

  • SFC Energy is granted access to the existing product portfolio, expanding the SFC power range midterm up to 100 kW with the new fuel cell.
  • adKor grants SFC Energy a non-exclusive license to IP rights of former FutureE, P21, and Heliocentris.
  • The H2 technology builds on 30 years of fuel cell expertise. This will significantly shorten development time and lower development cost.
  • The strategic extension of SFC’s product portfolio opens attractive new applications in critical infrastructure and telecommunication, in back-up power and – in the long run – also in e-mobility.
  • Both companies will develop the new hydrogen fuel cell generation together and sell it to their individual core markets.

SFC Energy AG (F3C:DE, ISIN: DE0007568578), a leading provider of hybrid power solutions to the stationary and mobile power generation markets, has signed a development partnership with adKor GmbH, Wildau, Germany. In the framework of their agreement, both companies will market the existing “Jupiter” series fuel cells and together will develop a new, powerful hydrogen fuel cell generation with energy management for power-intensive industrial off-grid and back-up applications.

“Our entry into the world of hydrogen and the new powerful H2 fuel cell technology perfectly complements our successful direct methanol fuel cell technology”, says Dr. Peter Podesser, CEO of SFC Energy. “The new, powerful products will open new applications with existing customers as well as completely new big markets at the same time. Ongoing public tenders for emergency power systems and federal incentive programs in Germany are visible proof of a strongly growing industry demand – an ideal entry market for the existing product generation. Together with adkor we will first target critical infrastructure, telecommunication, and back up scenarios. For this we can build on a proven technology. In the long run we see additional potential for the new product generation in e-mobility and smart grids. Adkor with their decades of expertise and experience as an integrator and general contractor for public customers is an ideal partner for fast commercialization and customer-centric further and new development in attractive markets.”

Since SFC Energy can build on a technology that has been developed for 30 years, the company expects significant savings for the development of the new generation of hydrogen fuel cells: shorten development time to two years, and approx. 50 percent lower development cost compared to a new development.

“We have known the FutureE, Heliocentris, and P21 technology for many years. Based on 30 years of telecommunication expertise we took over their know how and patent portfolio, because we saw a major potential there”, says Hartmut Kordus, Managing Director of adkor GmbH. “SFC has been successfully developing and commercializing fuel cells in demanding markets for many years. This makes them an ideal partner for technology development and market growth alike.”

In the context of their agreement, both companies together will further develop the new H2 fuel cell generation and sell it to their individual core markets. SFC Energy will use its corporate technology expertise to optimize cost structures and operations of the new fuel cell generation, including power management. AdKor will handle energy management and periphery development. In addition, adKor grants SFC Energy a non-exclusive license to the IP rights of former FutureE, P21, and Heliocentris.

Additional information on SFC Energy’s off-grid power portfolio for oil & gas, clean energy & mobility, industry, and defense & security at More information on adKor Gmbh at

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How can the transport sector reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Negotiations on the global climate agreement in Katowice in December 2018 (COP24) mark a further milestone on the path towards the ambitious goals of limiting global warming and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. How can the transport sector, drawing on the full range of affordable technological developments, contribute to attaining climate change mitigation objectives?  The increasing diversification of drive technologies, along with production and use of renewable fuels, constitute challenges for sustainable renewable mobility, yet also provide the key to achieving the targets. There is an increased emphasis in the conference programme on drive technologies, as well as on differentiating between various fuel options.

The extensive programme offers a variety of topics with relevance for increasing climate protection in individual and heavy goods traffic, as well as in the fields of aviation and shipping.

On the opening day, the focus will be on mobility, set between the conflicting priorities of climate protection, economic efficiency and user acceptance. In the plenary session, representatives from the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, the European Parliament, the petroleum and automotive industries and the scientific community will discuss future prospects for the transport sector.

The panel discussion will pick up on statements made by industry, politics, European agriculture and the environmental organisation WWF. Sonja van Renssen, Energy Post editor, will chair a discussion between Pekka Pesonen (COPA-COGECA), Dr. Klaus Bonhoff (National Organisation for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology), Dr. Ruprecht Brandis (BP Europe SE), Jenny Walther-Thoss (WWF Germany) and Stefan Schreiber (Cargill Holding Germany) on the future of renewable mobility in the light of various drive and fuel options. The afternoon forum will analyse future prospects for synthetic fuels.

On the second day of the conference, 11 forums will examine a broad spectrum of topics from all areas of renewable energy in the mobility sector: German and international experts will present news on technical developments, research, certification, market analysis and trade flows, as well as entering into discussions with conference participants. These forums, like the exhibitor forum with exhibition stands, will also offer scope for professional exchanges and networking. Again more than 500 delegates from more than 25 countries are expected.

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Yokogawa erhält Auszeichnungen von der SICE

Bei der Verleihung der SICE-Awards am 21. September 2017 erhielten zwei Mitarbeiter von Yokogawa sowie die Tochtergesellschaft Yokogawa Solution Service Corporation die Auszeichnungen der Society of Instrument and Control Engineers (SICE).

Die SICE wurde 1961 zur Förderung der Zusammenarbeit von Wissenschaftlern und Ingenieuren gegründet und widmet sich vorrangig Themen der Mess-, Steuerungs- und Informationstechnik. Seit ihrer Gründung unterstützt die SICE zukunftweisende wissenschaftliche Forschung in Japan.

Die Auszeichnungen wurden für eine wissenschaftliche Arbeit, Beiträge zur Festlegung internationaler Normen und die Entwicklung einer Methodologie verliehen.

Outstanding Paper Award

Mit dem Outstanding Paper Award werden die Autoren wissenschaftlicher Publikationen zu bedeutenden neuen Theorien oder Technologien ausgezeichnet.

■ Gewinner

Hisanori Hayashi (Yokogawa Electric Corporation)

■ Wissenschaftlicher Artikel

Intrinsic Safety for Wireless Hydrogen Gas Sensor
(Eigensicherheit drahtloser Wasserstoff-Gassensoren)

Die SICE hat diesen Artikel ausgewählt, weil er eine wirtschaftlich realisierbare und verhältnismäßig einfach umsetzbare Methode beschreibt, mit der sich diese Sensoren unter Anwendung der bewährten und effektiven ISA100.11a-Technologie explosionssicher machen lassen.

Technology Award

Der Technology Award wird als Anerkennung für die Entwicklung einer Technologie oder Methodik verliehen, die einen bedeutenden Fortschritt in einem von der SICE betreuten Wissenschafts- und Technologiefeld oder Industriezweig darstellt.

■ Gewinner

Yokogawa Solution Service Corporation

■ Thema

Identification of measures for the rapid restoration of operations following a natural disaster

(Identifizierung von Maßnahmen zur raschen Wiederherstellung der Betriebsfähigkeit nach einer Naturkatastrophe)

Die SICE hat die Yokogawa Solution Service Corporation für ihre Leistungen bei der Bestimmung von Maßnahmen ausgezeichnet, mit denen die Betriebsabläufe in Anlagen nach einer Naturkatastrophe schnell wiederhergestellt werden können und die bei der Wartung von Anlagen über ihren gesamten Lebenszyklus hinweg von großem Nutzen sind.

International Standardisation Award: Achievement Prize

Die Auszeichnung wird Einzelpersonen und Organisationen verliehen, die wichtige Beiträge zur Festlegung internationaler Normen auf Gebieten geleistet haben, für die sich die SICE aktiv engagiert.

■ Gewinner

Toshi Hasegawa (Yokogawa Electric Corporation)

■ Internationale Normen:

  • ANSI/ISA-100.11a-2011 – Wireless systems for industrial automation: Process control and related applications
    (Wireless-Systeme für die industrielle Automatisierung: Prozesssteuerung und verwandte Anwendungen)
  • ISA-TR100.00.02-2009 – The Automation Engineer’s Guide to Wireless Technology:
    Part 2 (Leitfaden zur Wireless-Technologie für Automatisierungsingenieure, Teil 2) – A Re view of Technologies for Industrial Asset Tracking (Technologien für industrielles Asset           Tracking im Überblick)
  • ISA-TR100.14.01-Part I-2011 – Trustworthiness in Wireless Industrial Automation: Part 1, Information for End Users and Regulators
    (Vertrauenswürdige Wireless-Lösungen in der Industrieautomatisierung: Teil 1, Informationen für Endnutzer und Regulierungsbehörden)

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