About FVV

What is driving our future?

Collective research on cutting-edge technologies to operate prime movers – internal combustion engines, hybrids, turbines, compressors, turbochargers - and fuel cells in new, (partially) electrified, integrated and digitalised energy conversion systems with renewable energy sources in a more efficient, cleaner and sustainable way - to the benefit of society, climate, environment and industry: This is FVV's task for the future. Innovative and sustainable energy conversion systems facilitate individual mobility, transportation, energy supply and industrial added value. The innovative power of the industry and its economic success make a significant contribution to social prosperity. As a non-profit organisation we support the competitive ability of our member companies by organising pre-competitive industrial collective research.
Dietmar Goericke, Managing Director

FVV Annual Magazine 2021 (11/2021 | EN)

PrimeMovers.2021 | »Networked action for zero emissions«


FVV Annual Magazine 2020 (09/2020 | EN)

PrimeMovers.2020 | »Progress takes courage«


How FVV makes your company stronger

International cooperation is the key to technical progress in a globalised economy. Small, medium and large companies in the combustion engine and fuel cell industries together with their engineering and IT services providers and suppliers of systems and components form an international platform for pre-competitive basic research. SMEs in particular can profit from the FVV Prime Movers Network because they may save costs and gain new impulses for product development. Anyone participating in the FVV can better and more efficiently transform research results into competitive products: Achieving impact in research by seeking shared success.

Mission Statement Join us

High impact in research needs strong partners

The FVV understands itself as a technical and scientific innovation platform. We maintain long-term contacts with all major technical universities and research organisations in Germany and increasingly also in Europe. We are a member of the German Federation of Industrial Research Associations (Arbeitsgemeinschaft industrieller Forschungsvereinigungen - AiF) and of the Mechanical Engineering Research Federation (Forschungskuratorium Maschinenbau - FKM) managed by VDMA (Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau | Mechanical Engineering Industry Association). Together with our partners, we form a strong network for industrial collective research on modern combustion engines.

Sponsors and Fellows Research and Technology Performers

Collective Research | Collective Success

The FVV’s success story is closely linked with the Industrial Collective Research (IGF) programme – a funding mechanism that has been launched by the Federal economic department in parallel with the foundation of the FVV in order to strengthen the innovation power of SMEs. Collective Research is always conducted on a pre-competitive basis. This makes it possible to research key issues together in order to be able to master the ever growing demands in relation to materials, fuel efficiency, environmental compatibility and climate protection. As such, the joint research coordinated by the FVV also helps to improve the competitive ability of its member companies.


Collective Research Networking

FVV research projects are financed by annual membership fees and public funds. One important source of funding is the AiF – the German Federation of Industrial Research Associations. In addition, the FVV Prime Movers Network includes many other national and international funding organisations that support the work of the FVV.


Promoting Young Talents | Hans Dinger Award

Our research projects are stepping stones for academic talents. Young scientists who are often writing their final year project, their bachelor, master’s or PhD thesis as part of an FVV project are involved in almost every research activity of the association. Over the last 65 years, we have not only spent almost 1 billion euros on research in 1,500 projects, but have also facilitated one doctoral thesis and four other scientific papers on average with each project. This corresponds to more than 1,500 doctorates and around 6,000 outstanding and practically trained engineers. Every two years, the FVV honours outstanding achievements with the Hans Dinger Award.

Prime Movers: 200 pages of passion and drive

24 portraits of leading people from industry and research, whose ideas are passionately committed to greater efficiency and fewer exhaust emissions.

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We are happy to help

Do you have any further questions about the FVV, our committees or research activities? Then, please, feel free to contact us: Pay us a visit, give us a call or send us an e-mail. We are always happy to assist you.

Research Association for Combustion Engines eV

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