After 'e-diesel', Audi develops 'e-benzin' - a green fuel from plants

Last month, Audi surprised the whole world when they claimed that they produced diesel from carbon dioxide and water, naming it as e-diesel. But for cars operating on gasoline as fuel, Audi has come up with an innovative technique. This time Audi has claimed that they've developed gasoline from plants. Known to be 'e-benzin', this synthetic fuel has been developed in France by Audi's project partner Global Bioenergies. The high grade fuel obtained from the plants is free of benzene and sulphur and produces no dangerous smoke. Marking this invention as the historic innovation of all time, Global Bioenergies' CEO Marc Delcourt proclaimed that they are aiming to add 'green' in the world that requires green-ness.

The work began in 2014 by setting up a fermentation unit to produce gaseous isobutane (a raw material obtained from petrochemical industries) from corn-derive glucose (a kind of biomass sugar). The material was passed through conditioning and purification unit and the stored under heavy pressure in the form of liquid. Some part of the final product obtained was converted into isooctane fuel which produced hundred octane gasoline.

However, according to German automaker, the isooctane obtained is currently being used to improve quality of the existing fuel, but the company believes that it can be used as a stand alone fuel in the near future. In future, e-benzin will be tested in vehicles after performing some tests on conduct engine and fuel composition.

The next big aim of both the companies is to produce gasoline from only carbon dioxide, sunlight, water and hydrogen. Audi is building a new demonstration plant to produce isooctane and high-purity isobutane in Germany, that will be ten times as big as that of France (shown above).

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