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30.04.2020

Independent of fossil energy sources: FVV adopts a new mission statement

Energy and mobility systems are facing a profound change. The Research Association for Combustion Engines (FVV) is redefining its role with a mission statement based on a survey of its members. In future, it wants to focus even more strongly on both climate-neutral, near-zero-emission mobility and energy conversion.

Frankfurt/M. - 30 April 2020  //  On the way to climate-neutral energy generation and resource-efficient mobility with emissions at the detection limit, the internal combustion engine continues to play an important role. However, the technology of combustion engines and turbomachines is undergoing rapid change. In the future, synthetic fuels and operating fluids will significantly improve the technology’s CO2 balance. In addition, vehicle engines are increasingly being upgraded to hybrid systems with electric powertrain components. The Research Association for Internal Combustion Engines (Forschungsvereinigung Verbrennungskraftmaschinen - FVV) has reacted to this change and has adopted a new mission statement. It defines both the form in which the FVV intends to promote pre-competitive collective research in the future and the main focus of its research activities.

In addition to the optimisation of the internal combustion engine, research on fuel cells and alternative fuels is already an important focus. In the future, corresponding projects are to be initiated more intensively and the effects of renewable energy sources on mobility, transport and the entire energy system are to be examined more specifically in orientation studies. In addition, future FVV projects will deal with the use of digitalisation and artificial intelligence in engine and turbine engineering and design. "The future of the combustion engine is independent of fossil energy sources," said Dr Peter Gutzmer, President of the FVV, on the occasion of the adoption of the new mission statement. "This applies all the more to the gas turbine, which will be operated in the future with increasingly higher hydrogen contents".

However, technology is only one of three pillars of the FVV. The second pillar is the world's leading network of member companies, ranging from large, globally active corporations to small medium-sized companies with a dozen employees. "This enables us to bring the know-how that exists in this country and abroad in turbomachinery, internal combustion engines, hybrid powertrains and fuel cells to the breadth of the value chain," explains FVV Managing Director Dietmar Goericke.

The new mission statement names young talent as the third pillar. In the research projects initiated or financed by the FVV, young engineers work on application-oriented questions, usually in the context of bachelor, master and doctoral theses - and thus build a bridge between scientific research and industrial practice. "In doing so," says Goericke, "we show that there are exciting tasks for young engineers in both science and industry on the way to climate-neutral mobility and energy supply.“

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