Ward Suijs graduated last year, June 2019, as a mechanical energy engineer at the University of Ghent with a minor in automotive technology. He did an experimental master thesis at the Combustion Technology research group on a gasoline-to-methanol converted engine. The goal was to increase part-load efficiency by means of EGR qualitative load control instead of quantitative throttling control. EGR dilution was investigated here thoroughly, together with the possibility of reforming part of the recirculated exhaust gasses to a hydrogen-rich syngas to further improve the dilution limits.
Since October 2019, he started doing research at the Combustion Technology research group, with his first project being the development of a new HCCI concept engine running on methanol.