DENSO Joins German Research Consortium with the Goal to Confirm Environmentally Friendly Fuels for Diesel Engines

DENSO Joins German Research Consortium with the Goal to Confirm Environmentally Friendly Fuels for Diesel Engines

WEGBERG (Germany) ― Global automotive supplier DENSO has joined a German Government-backed three-year project to test the first ever cars to run on dimethyl ether (DME), commonly used as an environmentally friendly, non-toxic propellant in aerosol spray gas, and oxymethylene ether (OME1), a liquid usually used as a solvent in the chemical industry.


The goal of the research consortium is to fundamentally study the characteristics of these fuels and determine the combustion performance in diesel engines. In addition, a vehicle demonstrator will be created to establish the drivability of these fuels in the real world. Finally, the research project will prove the compatibility of the new combustion concept using the new fuel next to regular diesel fuel in a conventional diesel engine. For this goal DENSO will supply the fuel injection equipment to the research partners.


In this consortium DENSO CORPORATION and DENSO AUTOMOTIVE Deutschland GmbH with its Aachen Engineering Center (AEC) in Wegberg are represented. Inaugurated in 2005, AEC is DENSO’s first and foremost overseas research and development center for diesel engine technology. April last, the R&D center’s second expansion was opened. Now, more than 100 engineers dedicate their time to advancing powertrain technology.


For the project DENSO will work together with RWTH Aachen University, the Technical University of Munich, Ford, FVV, TUEV, IAV Automotive Engineering, and Oberon Fuels.*** Through the FVV, the leading forum for joint research projects on engine technology, all automotive manufacturers will gain access to the results and findings of the project.

*** DME from Oberon has received approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a biogas-based fuel under the Renewable Fuel Standard, meaning it can be used as a fuel in the U.S


DENSO Corporate Information

  • Last fiscal year, DENSO allocated 9.2 per cent of its consolidated global sales into research and development. To further accelerate its R&D capability worldwide, DENSO has established technical centres in India and Brazil, and has increased the design and testing facilities at its engineering centres in Eching and Wegberg, Germany.
  • The company also has technical centres in the United States, China and Thailand and aims to promote the collaboration among the technical and engineering centres to realize more advanced technology while meeting each market’s needs.
  • DENSO CORPORATION, headquartered in Kariya, Japan, is a leading global automotive supplier of advanced technology, systems and components in the areas of thermal, powertrain control, electronics and information and safety. Its customers include all the world’s major carmakers.
  • Worldwide, the company has more than 200 subsidiaries and affiliates in 38 countries and regions (including Japan) and employs more than 146,000 people. Consolidated global sales for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2015, totalled € 31.9 billion.
  • In Europe, DENSO employs around 14,500 people, with consolidated sales totalling € 4.1 billion for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2015. DENSO’s European operations include sales offices in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Russia, Sweden, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. In addition, the company operates manufacturing facilities in the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Spain, the U.K. and Morocco. DENSO AUTOMOTIVE Deutschland GmbH employs more than 550 people in six locations.
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