Synthetic fuel with digital twinning technology from ITS Team

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Fachrizan Bilal Masrur
The Synchronize Team and Fachrizan Bilal Masrur presenting the innovative idea of his team (insert). Photos: ITS

Surabaya, IO – Extensive use of petroleum and natural gas in the global energy mix contributes greatly to total carbon emissions, at 54.2%. In order to replace such conventional high-carbon-emission fuel, Fachrizan Bilal “Bilal” Masrur, Muhammad Ihwan Nur Rifki, and I Made Deago Nugra Visesa, students from the Sepuluh Nopember Institute of Technology (ITS), teamed up as “Synchronize” to develop the idea of generating a synthetic fuel using digital twinning technology. Their idea won them Second Prize in the Pelantar 2021 Technical Paper Contest held by the Society of Petroleum Engineering Universiti Teknologi MARA Student Chapter (SPE UiTM SC), Malaysia.

Synthetic fuel with digital twinning technology from ITS Team

Bilal, as Team Chairman, reminded everyone that many countries worldwide agreed in the Paris Climate Accord to reduce their carbon emissions. “One of the best ways to reduce carbon emissions is to use Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) technology. It separates, captures, and stores the carbon emitted by industrial processes,” he said in the release received by the Independent Observer last Tuesday (11/01/2022).

With this idea, Synchronize thought up a way to use the carbon dioxide generated by industrial processes, by processing it into synthetic fuel through hydrogenation. “Synthetic fuel has very close performance level with ordinary fossil fuel, so it can be used to run our machines, vehicles, and engines in a more environmentally-friendly way,” Bilal said.

To speed up implementation, the Team made use of digital twin technology. “It is a visual representation of a currently operating system. It gives you both a view of what is happening in the system, as well as what might happen in the system,” Bilal said. “With the help of this technology, you can calculate the best mix of conventional fuel and synthetic fuel for optimum performance of any engine or vehicle. If we use synthetic fuel in all vehicles, especially passenger vehicles, we can reduce carbon emission by 4.6 metric tons a year.”

Synchronize hopes that their idea can be applied in daily living soon, and that they can gradually replace conventional fuel and achieve carbon neutrality in the end. (est)