What would we be without prime movers? In passenger and commercial vehicles as well as in ships, railways, aircraft and power plants, combustion engines and turbomachinery supply the energy a modern society needs. In the future, internal combustion engines will continue to be essential to satisfy our mobility and energy needs. For this reason, it has always been and still is important for researchers to work tirelessly and passionately on even more efficient and cleaner engines and turbines. The Forschungsvereinigung Verbrennungskraftmaschinen (Research Association for Combustion Engines) has been creating the FVV Prime Movers Network for more than 60 years now. In this globally unique network companies, research & technology performers and funding agencies have joined forces and have initiated more than 1,200 Industrial Collective Research (IGF) projects since the FVV was founded in 1956.
Innovative technologies are the key to sustainable mobility, environmentally-friendly freight transport and secure energy supply: New systems, processes and materials make the operation of internal combustion engines more efficiently and cleaner. Joint research in the FVV guarantees that the technical development of engines and turbines will continue.
Due to the increasing demands of customers and legislators, technical solutions are becoming ever more complex. To develop innovative technologies satisfying the markets’ demand, we need more than ever experts with specialised knowledge. The FVV networks actions between individual companies and research institutions thus enabling pre-competitive and high-impact basic science cooperations.
Passing knowledge on to young engineers and at the same time giving them the opportunity to contribute their own ideas, that is the only way to improve research by a long-term perspective. With their commitment and their willingness to learn, young researchers have always been an enrichment for the research projects of the FVV. Making their way through our project work, young talents may also forge links with the industry.
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 Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWI) 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 and environmental compatibility. As such, the joint research coordinated by the FVV also helps to improve the competitive ability of its member companies.
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.
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 60 years, we have not only spent 500 million euros on research in 1,200 projects, but have also facilitated one doctoral thesis and four other scientific papers on average with each project. This corresponds to more than 1,000 doctorates and around 4,000 outstanding and practically trained engineers. Every two years, the FVV honours outstanding achievements with the Hans Dinger Award.
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