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Internal combustion engines can become completely climate-neutral even today, opening up considerable potential for a fast reduction in greenhouse gas emissions // In the online campaign #Emission0 - On the way to 2050, VDMA Engines and Systems explains in ten missions how internal combustion engines and climate protection fit together
The manufacturers and suppliers of combustion engines oppose the demands for the fastest possible end to the internal combustion engine with a clear "no" - and provide good arguments why the internal combustion engine will continue to have a long future
In the online campaign #Emission0 - On the way to 2050, ten missions illustrate the facts of how combustion engines and climate protection fit together. The topics range from the approach of technology openness to chemical energy carriers and efficient exhaust gas aftertreatment to hydrogen generated one hundred percent from renewable sources.
10 Missions / 10 Messages
» Mission 1 Openness to technology
» Mission 2 Security of supply
» Mission 3 Chemical energy sources / energy density
» Mission 4 Chemical energy sources / CO2 neutrality
» Mission 5 Rapid defossilisation of the engine fleet
» Mission 6 Exhaust gas aftertreatment
» Mission 7 Methane slip
» Mission 8 Gas engines as a bridging technology
» Mission 9 Regeneratively produced hydrogen
» Mission 10 Stationary combustion engines soon to be H2-ready
When people hear the term "internal combustion engine", they usually only think of cars. But these engines can power a lot more: they run trucks, trains and supertankers, operate flexible machines for construction and agriculture, and generate electricity and heat quickly, reliably and easily - wherever there is a need and at any time. For example, when wind turbines are not turning or solar modules are not producing enough energy. The decisive point, however, is that combustion engines are able to convert renewable chemical into mechanical energy - efficiently and CO2-neutrally. The campaign addresses these and similar issues.
VDMA Engines and Systems brings together suppliers and manufacturers of internal combustion engines for industrial applications. Typical applications for these engines include mobile machinery for construction and agriculture as well as for power and heat generation, and for locomotives and ships. The trade association sees itself as an information and communication platform as well as a political and technical lobby for its members. It bundles, analyses, processes, and addresses topics relevant to the industry, provides comprehensive data and facts on market events, communicates in the interest of its members, and establishes networks in Germany, Europe, and the world. A focus is on environmental and emissions legislation, standardisation, and ship classification.
Since the development of the first internal combustion engines well over 150 years ago, they have been changing our lives like almost no other technical masterpiece before. Although the basic principle has remained virtually unchanged, their long-term supremacy is due particularly to the enormous technical improvements. For example, considerable progress has been made in terms of efficiency. At the same time, the emissions of both gaseous substances and particles have been significantly reduced as a result of engine internal measures and the use of exhaust gas cleaning systems. Through greater and more effective charging or new injection technologies and better control of the combustion process, even more optimisations are possible in the future. Combustion engines can even be operated CO2-neutral with synthetic fuels produced from renewable energy.
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