The FVV (Forschungsvereinigung Verbrennungskraftmaschinen | Research Association for Combustion Engines ) is a worldwide innovation network of companies, research & technology performers (RTD) and funding bodies. In the context of pre-competitive Industrial Collective Research (IGF), manufacturers of automotive engines, industrial engines and turbomachinery as well as their suppliers and service providers work together with universities and other research establishments on cutting-edge technologies. The aim is to make engines and turbines cleaner, more efficient and sustainable – for the benefit of society, industry and the environment. The FVV has invested more than 500 million euros in 1,200 research projects since it was founded in 1956.
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The goal is ambitious: Road transport is to be climate-neutral by 2050. However, this objective can only be achieved if energy generated from renewable sources is used in the transport sector. A working group at the Research Association for Combustion Engines (FVV) has therefore analyzed various mobility scenarios for Germany from both a technical and an economic viewpoint within the scope of this study. The scenarios present completely CO₂-free mobility in 2050, the required energy for which is covered in full by renewable and realistically exploitable sources. The use of electricity, hydrogen and synthetic e-fuels is analyzed in detail in this FVV study, for which experts from automotive manufacturers and suppliers, energy and mineral oil companies, the chemical industry and various associations pooled their knowledge. The results of the study will be presented at the FVV Autumn Conference in Würzburg.Learn more
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High-tech steel, adaptive air bearings and biofuels: Young scientists find exciting tasks in research on turbomachinery and internal combustion engines. Some outstanding works have now been awarded the Hans Dinger Prize 2018 by the Research Association for Internal Combustion Engines (FVV). The common goal of the young researchers is to use better calculation and simulation methods to make more climate-friendly engines and turbines a reality.Award Ceremony 2018
The lubricant as a design element
The integrated world of optimised lubrication of powertrains and all involved components is the focus of the 5th International Conference on Gear and Powertrain Lubrication. The spectrum of topics ranges from efficiency and sustainability, to special transmission applications, to lubricant development, test procedures and requirements, through to tribological systems and corresponding analytical methods. Presentations on standards and guidelines as well as a look into the future complete the programme.
Sustainable technical and economic solutions for electric powertrains are currently being developed and tested at full speed. However, it will be years before these technologies are sustainably established on the market. The combustion engine will therefore continue to play the role of pacemaker for CO2-neutral and low-emission mobility for a long time to come. In order to play this role successfully, not only the optimisation of individual components but also the potential for reducing friction in the overall system must be considered and understood. This systemic approach from the combustion engine through the transmission to the axle drive is decisive for the future optimisation of friction.
At the last MTZ Conference on “The Powertrain of Tomorrow” held in January 2018, we found a powertrain mix that can ensure mobility with carbon-neutral emissions and without further pollution of the atmosphere. This broad range of powertrains was made up of internal combustion engines operated with or without regenerative liquid or gaseous fuels, hybrid and plug-in hybrid drive systems, and fuel cell systems. In 2019, we will evaluate these powertrains once again at our 13th MTZ Conference to provide orientation for the conference participants.
The electrification of automotive powertrains can only develop in an evolutionary manner and internal combustion engines continue to hold the pole position in the context of low-emissions mobility. The "International Engine Congress" focuses not only on a comprehensive and systematic ICE approach but also on powertrain electrification. By closely integrating passenger car and commercial vehicle engine technologies, the congress promotes the exchange of best practices. A dedicated series of talks addressing alternative fuels and future-ready lubricants round out the content. The FVV will be represented with a lecture on the defossilisation of the transportation sector.
The Stuttgart International Symposium on Automotive and Engine Technology is established as one of the most important discussion forums in the field of vehicle and engine development with about 900 participants. More than 100 presentations of this international event and the parallel technical exhibition combine proven solutions with innovative concepts. The FVV will be represented, as every year, with its own session.
Europe is the world's largest factory of knowledge, ideas and innovation: Around one-third of the global production of know-how and innovative products comes from EU engineers and researchers. Cross-border cooperation unites the best minds and ideas. It makes the difference: globalisation - climate-neutral economy - energy transition in transport - mobility of tomorrow. These are just a few examples of the tasks of the future that need to be adressed - together with our members and partners in Europe and the world.
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VDMA, FVA and FVV publish new study on the electrification of the automotive powertrain and its impact on the mechanical engineering and supply industries - For the first time passenger cars, commercial vehicles and mobile machinery are focused with regard to future added value - Added value growth of automotive powertrains for passenger cars at 1.7 percent annually - New "Zero Emission Vehicle Index": By 2024 boundary conditions for the European passenger car market are expected in which an electric vehicle will be competitive.Learn more
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The 25th Innovation Day of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) was held in Berlin on 7 June 2018. 300 companies and research facilities presented 200 new products, processes and services to more than 1,800 visitors. The FVV promoted this year the innovative research project "3D-DynRoCo" coordinated by its Turbomachinery Research Group and was extremely honoured to welcome Dr Ole Janssen, Head of the Innovation and Technology Policy Division of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) at our booth.Lern more
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