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Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines

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Co-Optima is simultaneously transforming vehicle fuels and engines to maximize performance and energy efficiency.

NREL is collaborating with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), eight other national laboratories, and industry on the Co-Optimization of Fuels & Engines (Co-Optima) initiative. This first-of-its-kind effort is focused on combining biofuels and combustion R&D, building on decades of advances in both fuels and engines. The Co-Optima goal is to simultaneously transform both transportation fuels and vehicles to maximize performance and energy efficiency, minimize environmental impact, and accelerate widespread adoption.

The Co-Optima initiative takes a three-pronged, integrated approach to identifying and developing:

  • Engines to run more efficiently on affordable, scalable, and sustainable fuels
  • Fuels to work in high-efficiency, low-emissions engines
  • Marketplace strategies to make new fuels and
    vehicle technologies attractive to industry and consumers.

Learn more about the research activities and accomplishments of the Co-Optima initiative in the Co-Optimization of Fuels & Engines: FY16 Year in Review.

Project partners include:

  • National Laboratories
    • Argonne National Laboratory
    • Idaho National Laboratory
    • Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
    • Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
    • Los Alamos National Laboratory
    • National Renewable Energy Laboratory
    • Oak Ridge National Laboratory
    • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
    • Sandia National Laboratories.

For more information about the initiative, see the fact sheet or visit the official Co-Optima website.