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Operation of Marine Diesel Engines on Biogenic Fuels: Modification of Emissions and Resulting Climate Effects

Petzold, A. and Lauer, P. and Fritsche, U. and Hasselbach, J. and Lichtenstern, M. and Schlager, H. and Fleischer, F. (2011) Operation of Marine Diesel Engines on Biogenic Fuels: Modification of Emissions and Resulting Climate Effects. Environmental Science & Technology, 45, pp. 10394-10400. DOI: 10.1021/es2021439.

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Official URL: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22044020


The modification of emissions of climate-sensitive exhaust compounds such as CO2, NOx, hydrocarbons, and particulate matter from medium-speed marine diesel engines was studied for a set of fossil and biogenic fuels. Applied fossil fuels were the reference heavy fuel oil (HFO) and the low-sulfur marine gas oil (MGO); biogenic fuels were palm oil, soybean oil, sunflower oil, and animal fat. Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions related to the production of biogenic fuels were treated by means of a fuel life cycle analysis which included land use changes associated with the growth of energy plants. Emissions of CO2 and NOx per kWh were found to be similar for fossil fuels and biogenic fuels. PM mass emission was reduced to 1015% of HFO emissions for all low-sulfur fuels including MGO as a fossil fuel. Black carbon emissions were reduced significantly to 1330% of HFO. Changes in emissions were predominantly related to particulate sulfate, while differences between low-sulfur fossil fuels and low-sulfur biogenic fuels were of minor significance. GHG emissions from the biogenic fuel life cycle (FLC) depend crucially on energy plant production conditions and have the potential of shifting the overall GHG budget from positive to negative compared to fossil fuels.

Document Type:Article
Title:Operation of Marine Diesel Engines on Biogenic Fuels: Modification of Emissions and Resulting Climate Effects
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Petzold, A.DLR
Lauer, P.MAN Diesel & Turbo SE, Augsburg
Fritsche, U.Öko-Instit., Darmstadt
Hasselbach, J.DLR
Lichtenstern, M.DLR
Schlager, H.DLR
Fleischer, F.MAN Diesel & Turbo SE, Augsburg
Journal or Publication Title:Environmental Science & Technology
Refereed publication:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Page Range:pp. 10394-10400
Keywords:Biofules, climate ipmact, shipping, bioclean
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport, Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Aeronautics, Transport
HGF - Program Themes:ATM and Operation, Transport System
DLR - Research area:Aeronautics, Transport
DLR - Program:L AO - Air Traffic Management and Operation, V VS - Verkehrssystem
DLR - Research theme (Project):L - Climate, Weather and Environment, V - Verkehrsentwicklung und Umwelt (old)
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Atmospheric Physics > Atmospheric Trace Species
Deposited By: Dr.rer.nat. Andreas Petzold
Deposited On:07 Dec 2011 11:47
Last Modified:07 Feb 2013 20:10

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