Lowering consumption and emissions, while at the same time raising convenience, safety and performance: the requirements to be met by the developers of combustion engines have become ever more complex in recent decades. In order to optimise every detail of the powertrain in the future, too, collaborative research on complete systems has become a decisive factor.
After all, the real-world consumption and raw emission values of engines in motor vehicles, construction machinery or marine applications are dependent on a multitude of factors. Exhaust gas recirculation, turbocharging and injection have a decisive influence here, which is why they are the subject of many of the planning group’s research projects. Ancillary engines and the coolant temperature also make a difference; therefore, the researchers from the planning group also closely examine factors including heat transport in IC engines and its influence on friction and emissions. The individual research fields include the recovery of lost energy and the control, regulation and sensor systems of combustion engines. The planning group also evaluates the potential of new technologies and alternative powertrains such as hybrids. By doing so, the FVV researchers are looking far into the future of mobility.
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.Learn more
Life cycle analyses (LCA) provide information on how climate-friendly new powertrain technologies really are. A new meta-analysis by the FVV Research Association for Internal Combustion Engines, conducted by Frontier Economics, analyses existing life cycle studies from the last 15 years. The study shows that in a global energy and carbon system, various technology options are available from a climate perspective. There is not one single solution for CO2 neutrality in the mobility sector. The key to sustainable mobility lies in fair technology competition and the defossilisation of energy production.Read more
Road transport is to become independent of fossil fuels. But how will this be implemented, and what will it cost? Focusing on three scenarios, the “Defossilizing the Transportation Sector” study conducted by the Research Association for Combustion Engines (FVV) provides a basis for informed discussion.Read more
Hydrogen will play a decisive role in achieving the climate goals. A joint project initiated by the FVV with the German Association for Gas and Water (DVGW) investigates how the gas can be integrated in the existing natural gas infrastructure.Read more
Projects of Planning group 1 »System«
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