For both partners the aim is to promote natural gas for vehicles (NGV) and encourage energy transition. The idea is to design an ultralight environmentally-friendly gas-powered prototype and achieve a record driving range!
NGV, a vector of clean mobility
GRTgaz and the founders of the MicroJoule vehicle are convinced that using gas as an alternative fuel will reduce the environmental footprint of the transport sector.
Compared with petrol, natural gas for vehicles (NGV) emits 25% less carbon dioxide (CO2) and 55% less carbon monoxide (CO). It also emits less nitrogen oxide (NOx).
Moreover, with the expected rapid development of biométhane, the carbon footprint of the fuel then called BIOGNV shrinks to practically nothing!
With MicroJoule at the Shell Eco-marathon Europe
Beyond its technical performance and environmentally responsible commitment, MicroJoule is also and educational project that gives students an active role in the educational process.
In 2016, for its 32nd year of existence and after setting more than 10 world records in the diesel, petrol, ethanol and gas fuel categories, the MicroJoule project will again line up with the 229 teams taking part in the Shell Eco-marathon Europe.
The event will be held at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London from 30 June to 3 July 2016. The La Joliverie students will try and beat their own energy-saving world record using GNC (Gaz Naturel Carburant), which was set in 2015 at Rotterdam (2,551.8 km for the equivalent of one litre of petrol), and win an 11th consecutive victory!
In 2015, MicroJoule had been the outright winner of the competition, all internal combustion engine categories taken together: gas had then outperformed all other alternative fuels like petrol, underscoring how important a role gas would play in the race for energy efficiency and clean mobility.