Despite growth in other drive systems, the internal combustion engine will be around for many years to come and will remain an important component of much needed economic development in lower income countries. Maintaining and improving its efficiency is vital to the transition to a sustainable future. Our technologies increase performance and fuel economy, extend oil drain intervals, and reduce waste and pollution.
Action on making more efficient use of conventional fuels includes:
- Helping customers and end-users respond to environmental regulation. Legislation to reduce the environmental and health impacts of transportation is ever-more demanding, and Infineum is responding by reducing product impacts and collaborating on tailored innovation with global lubricant and engine manufacturers to enable customers and end-users to stay compliant. This innovation work includes improving engine compatibility with bio-derived fuels and base oils; reducing the friction in engines; reducing particulate and nitrous oxide emissions; improving engine durability; and reducing waste by innovating lubricants with longer lifetimes, or facilitating the recycling of lubricants. We are also helping the shipping industry achieve greater efficiency and performance in a low sulphur fuel environment to meet important and demanding International Maritime Organisation 2020 regulations, by developing new products and solutions that allow ships to use new cleaner fuels while maintaining engine performance and durability.
- Developing lubricity additives from natural sustainable sources. Our lubricity technology provides wear protection between metal to metal contacts in fuel pumps. Infineum’s lubricity additives are derived from natural sustainable sources, such as tall oil from wood pulp making, rapeseed and other common oleic acids. Most Infineum lubricity products have 100% active ingredient and are supplied via multiple supply points thus minimising the carbon footprint between the supply point and the end customer.
- Innovating for future engines. Infineum’s Product Innovation and Engineering group is collaborating with OEMs to tackle the challenges presented by future engines. We are innovating, producing and distributing more effective technology, and modelling fuel economy performance to accelerate adoption of the best technology. The focus is on an overall emission reduction, durability and new materials that can deliver step out performance and disruptive improvements.
- Improving the yield from refining. Modern diesel is often made by blending varying streams from different and increasingly sophisticated refinery processing units, using diverse sources of crude oils. The resulting variation in composition of the diesel impacts the cold flow properties of the final product. Infineum’s cold flow additives enable refiners to increase their production flexibility and output, and incorporate low value blend streams in the diesel pool.
- Launching our Fuel Economy venture. This venture is exploring new ways to deliver step changes in fuel efficiency. It is designed to implement new chemistry solutions to significantly improve the fuel economy of internal combustion engines used globally and optimise these solutions to maximise the benefits in specific vehicle designs, all while maintaining high durability and low servicing costs. We have recently successfully deployed technologies to deliver enhanced fuel economy for future lubricant specifications and stringent fuel economy targets, with our fuel economy testing capabilities designed to enable our research work to have a low carbon footprint.