High Performance Fuels: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to DOE’s Co-Optima Project and HP fuels


The US Department of Energy has a key project called Co-Optima, which aims to determine key fuel properties that enable improved engine efficiency, provide key science to enable high efficiency combustion modes, and capitalize on unique properties available from bio-blendstocks.

Within that project is an emphasis on high-performance fuels, that has a goal to develop fuel chemistry-fuel property-engine performance relationships, and determine new fuel options afforded by bio-derived fuels, including conversion pathways, for more efficient engines with lower harmful emissions, and generate market pull for biofuels through co-optimization.

Dan Gaspar of PNNL prepared this illuminative overview of High Performance Fuels research and the project’s promise and progress for the DOE Project Peer Review meetings.