Welcome to the website for research project SCODECE


A cleaner engine : is it possible ? A need for diesel engines which are still efficient, but more economical and reliable is shared by both companies and individuals alike. Alternative technologies, such as hybrid or electric engines, have advantages which are more promising in terms of environmental protection. However, they have several major drawbacks which are their dependency on electric power, restriction in terms of engine types (waterway transportation engines) and other issues (battery autonomy, cost and performance). Moreover, diesel engines can now run on fuel which is less polluting - biodiesel.

In order to explore this alternative, HEI (Hautes Etudes d'Ingénieur) set up a research project by the name of SCODECE (Smart Control and Diagnosis for Economic and Clean Engine) with two partners, the University of Sussex and the University of Picardie - Jules Verne. The project received financial support from the European Union through the Interreg IVA 2 Seas programme, financed by ERDF.

Project SCODECE aims to optimise low temperature engines which consume biodiesel fuel (less polluting), whilst maintaining a level of efficiency that guarantees the same or superior performance level. The project will enable the engines to be less polluting, more reliable and less fragile. In practical terms, the project will include the development of a test bench, which will serve as both an evaluation platform for users and a virtual simulator for replicating the engine's functions - or malfunctions - in order to study cost optimisation.