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PerkinElmer and P1 Fuels Team Up to Boost Sustainable Mobility Through Fossil-free Fuels

PerkinElmer, a global leader in end-to-end solutions for diagnostics, life sciences, food and environmental markets, has today announced a long-term partnership with P1 Fuels, a specialist in the formulation, production and delivery of advanced, fossil-free performance fuels for racing teams and the automotive industry. 

Refueling zone. Image Credit: P1 Performance Fuels GmbH

PerkinElmer will work with P1 Fuels to develop and test fully renewable fuels to be used in the upcoming series of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) – the highest level of rally global competition. The ultimate goal of this collaboration is to help the automotive sector, including motorsports, transition to climate-neutral, fossil-free fuels.

Through its gas chromatography and infrared spectroscopy platforms*, which perform fast and reliable analysis of fuels and their chemical compositions, PerkinElmer will pay a key role in the transition to sustainable mobility. P1 Fuels will use PerkinElmer’s technology in its Berlin headquarters, as well as trackside, to perform quality-control checks. 

The two analytical techniques have a long history within the automotive space, but this is the first time that chromatography and infrared spectroscopy will be used to test competitive, sustainable fuels. The aim is to show that fully sustainable fuels can deliver high performance without damaging the environment.

According to Gavin Aston, Director Strategic Initiatives EMEAI, PerkinElmer, “The partnership with P1 Fuels is yet another proof point of PerkinElmer’s commitment to driving positive, lasting change by developing products to sustain the health and safety of people and the environment. This fantastic collaboration is empowering sustainability by enabling our valuable partner to perform all the analyses needed to continue to shape fossil-free mobility.

“Our goal is to create better outcomes for everyone,” Aston added. “Simple changes, such as switching from fossil fuel products to more sustainable alternatives can have a huge impact when done at scale. We can’t wait to show the motorsport world how science and testing can support outstanding sporting performances whilst protecting the environment.”

Martin Popilka, CEO, P1 Fuels, said: “We are thrilled to work with PerkinElmer, which can help the automotive industry, including motorsports and development teams, speed up the transition to climate-neutral mobility using fossil-free fuels. PerkinElmer’s technology will support race scrutineering and analysis of motorsports at global races and demonstrate how sustainable solutions do not have to come at the expense of sporting success.

“Fossil free fuels play an integral part of the future mobility mix, and motorsport plays a fundamental role in a broader adoption and testing of these fuels. We're excited that the FIA WRC is the first world championship to embrace completely fossil-free fuels and clearly demonstrates that their performance is on pair with their fossil counterparts,” continued Popilka. 

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