Formula One to Step on Accelerator with Biofuel Goals

  • Tuesday, 12 October 2021 09:39

Biofuels International

Oct 12, 2021

The FIA has announced it is targeting the wholesale use of synthetic fuels by 2025. Last year, the FIA announced the use of E10 biofuels in Formula 1 beginning in 2022. 

F1 has partnered with both manufacturers and energy companies to develop and mass produce biofuels that will contribute to F1’s net-zero carbon emissions target by 2030. These fuels will be manufactured with techniques that incorporate carbon capture, municipal waste or biomass methods in their production, offsetting some the carbon emitted when burnt inside an F1 power unit.

F1 estimates this will reduce emissions by up to 65%, with other carbon offset projects making up the rest of Formula 1’s net-zero 2030 target. The fuel will be ‘drop-in’, meaning that engines require no specific modifications in order to be compatible, while also matching the energy density of today’s high-octane racing fuels.

The FIA governing body’s in-house research team has already developed a carbon-neutral biofuel that meets the F1 engine specifications. The first barrels were sent to engine suppliers for initial development and testing in 2020, but the job now is creating scale, which will cover usage across F1 and eventually the logistics that go with it.

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