FVV Research Priorities

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As part of our partnership, we regularly present topical issues from the FVV Research Programme at MTZ: Conventional and hybridised powertrains - Renewable energy sources for the powertrain and energy conversion systems of the future - Fuel cell technologies - Alternative fuels (biofuels, hydrogen, synthetic fuels) - Components and materials - Emission reduction technologies (climate/air) - Mechanics, friction and noise - Development tools - Digitalisation and artificial intelligence.

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MTZ worldwide 06/2022

Mastering Complexity – Pre-competitive Collective Research in Hybrid Powertrains

The electrification of combustion engine powertrains enables emissions of both greenhouse gases and exhaust pollutants to be reduced significantly. However, the growing level of complexity that accompanies hybridization is posing new challenges for the development process and the simulation tools used. Through several projects, the FVV is aiming to provide its members with such tools and create a more comprehensive foundation for small and medium-sized industrial businesses.

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MTZ worldwide 09/2021

Industrial Engines as Power Systems – Research for Optimum System Design

The range of applications and the long service life of industrial engines call for research to reconcile climate neutrality and economic efficiency. The FVV promotes the use of climate-friendly energy sources, hybridization and fuel cells as alternative energy converters. There is one common challenge for the many different applications: The optimum is not achieved primarily through technical details, but rather through system design.

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ATZheavyduty worldwide 01/2021

Hydrogen as a Platform Technology

What do a harvester in 24-h operation, a wheel loader on a municipal construction site and a 60-t truck tractor for transporting timber in northern Europe have in common? Today, the one thing that connects such different vehicles is the diesel engine, which not only provides propulsion performance, but also supplies the energy for the work equipment.

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MTZ worldwide 03/2021

Spark-Ignition Engines – Fundamental Research for Sustainable Individual Mobility

Spark-ignition combustion engines make up a considerable share of the powertrains for individual mobility applications – not just today, but also in the decades to come as a part of electric powertrains. The FVV is therefore dedicating numerous research projects to reducing the CO2 emissions from these engines, with a special focus being placed on real-world operation with fuels produced in a CO2-neutral manner.

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MTZ worldwide 09/2020

Engine Research in International Cooperations

The FVV has become significantly more international in recent years. Since 2015, it has been using the Collective Research Networking (CORNET) program of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) to promote  international collaboration in pre-competitive industrial collective research on combustion engines. The potential is not only harbored by resource-efficient knowledge acquisition and transfer, but also in the training of the next generation of highly qualified scientists.

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MTZ worldwide 07-08/2020

“We have to consider the return on investment”

Frontier Economics has conducted a comprehensive meta-study on life cycle CO2 emissions in the mobility sector on behalf of the FVV. Dr. David Bothe, Associate Director at Frontier Economics and Dietmar Goericke, Managing Director of the FVV classify the results and explain what lessons can be learned for research and development.

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MTZ worldwide 05/2020

Advanced and Future-oriented Research on Compression-ignition Engines

Due to its outstanding efficiency, the diesel engine is the leader in many commercial applications. New technologies such as artificial intelligence or additive manufacturing can help to meet more stringent requirements for pollutant and CO2 emissions. The scientific basis is being worked out in projects of the FVV and can be transferred into practice by the member companies.

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MTZ worldwide 01/2020

Dynamic Acoustic Optimization of Engine Components, Engines and Powertrain Systems

To reliably predict interactions between acoustic and vibration phenomena of complex powertrain systems in an early development phase, appropriate test and simulation procedures are indispensable. The FVV lays the groundwork for this with numerous projects which range from the detailed analysis of single engine components to automated processes for engine noise and transfer path analysis into the vehicle interior.

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MTZ worldwide 05/2019

Energy Paths for Road Transport in the Future

A variety of technological options are available for climate-neutral road traffic. In a study, the FVV investigated the costs for several combinations of energy sources and powertrain systems on the basis of well-founded technical analyses. The results of the study show that synthetic e-fuels can be competitive, irrespective of their less favorable efficiencies across the entire energy chain.

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