Redesigning the engine and after-treatment as a complete system, meeting business requirements and minimising CO2

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Our partners on this project

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  • Revolve Technologies Ltd
  • Johnson Matthey Plc
  • Ford Motor Company Ltd
  • Cambustion Ltd
  • University of Liverpool

For vehicles to have minimal impact on air quality, catalytic converters have been fitted to modern engines. Although great strides have been made to improve the fuel economy of vehicles there is still an impact of about 4% due to the emissions control system.

The CREO (Carbon Reduction Through Emissions Optimisation) project aims to re-design the engine and after-treatment as a complete system, meeting legislative, customer and business requirements while minimising CO2 levels. This will be achieved through the use of novel after-treatment techniques, the on-board generation and use of hydrogen and the development and application of new optimisation tools.

The major contributors to this project are Ford Motor Company, which manufactures about 2 million engines per year in the UK, Jaguar Land Rover, which installs engines supplied by Ford, and Johnson Matthey, which provides many of the catalytic converters fitted into these engines. The potential UK supply chain is enhanced with the inclusion of ITM who will provide specialist equipment during the project.

Three vehicles will be built to demonstrate the potential of the technology – petrol and diesel cars and a diesel hybrid bus. The target is a 4% improvement in CO2 by 2015 potentially rising to 15% by 2025.