San Antonio, TX-based Southwest Research Institute® (SwRI) has announced it is launching the Advanced Engine Fluids (AEF) consortium to better understand fuel and lubricant chemistry and its effects on engine combustion. The AEF will hold its first meeting on July 7, 2014 in San Antonio.

Sharing costs through a consortium gives companies access to more research than would be feasible if funded individually. Membership in the AEF consortium is $100,000 per year and may be renewed annually. Members receive monthly updates, meet quarterly, and receive free licensing for any patents that are produced from the consortium’s work.

Engine technology is changing so rapidly that it has become difficult for fuel and lubricant technologies to keep up, according to SwRI.