San Diego-based Reaction Design (News) announced it has been awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy for a two-year study of the chemical and transport phenomena that take place during biofuel combustion.
Reaction Design will lead a team of researchers from Chevron and the University of Southern California to create computer simulation tools that will speed the development process for engine designers and fuel manufacturers as they strive to integrate biofuels into their products.
The development and validation of the detailed chemical mechanisms that govern biofuel combustion will focus on US domestic alternatives that show promise in reducing dependence upon foreign petroleum.
Project funding comes from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of FreedomCAR and Vehicle Technologies with a mission to develop more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly highway transportation technologies that enable America to use less petroleum.
“The results of this study will provide critical insight into the chemical behavior of biofuels. We are especially interested in biofuel combustion behaviors as well as their effects on emissions,” said Bernie Rosenthal, CEO of Reaction Design. “Ultimately, the goal of our research is to aid our nation’s energy security by speeding the development and integration of US-based biofuels into the market and reducing our dependence on foreign petroleum.”