Federal Ministry

 

The named scientific works are funded by the following establishments:

Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMWi)
Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
Ministerium für Innovation, Wissenschaft und Forschung des Landes NRW (NRW)

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Selected scientific works:
  • P2X Kopernikus - "Erforschung, Validierung und Implementierung von Power-to-X Konzepten"
  • XME-Diesel - "(Bio-)Methylether als alternative Kraftstoffe in bivalenten Diesel-Brennverfahren"
  • VARIMOT - "Variable Systeme zur Effizienzsteigerung bei Ottomotoren mit kleinem Hubvolumen"
  • GreenREx-BETRIEB - "Betriebsstrategie Range Extender Fahrzeug"
  • Anfahrt - "Alternative Nutzfahrzeugantriebe für LKW und BUS „Sauberer energieeffizienter Straßentransport“
  • BREEZE – "Brennstoffzellen-Range-Extender für Elektrofahrzeuge: Zero Emission!"
  • TEAM - "Entwicklung von Technologien für energiesparende Antriebe mobiler Arbeitsmaschinen"
  • Europa Hybrid PlugIn - "Entwicklung eines elektrischen Antriebs für ein rückspeisefähiges PlugIn-Hybridfahrzeug mit optimiertem Batteriemanagement und niedrigem Verbrauch"

 
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Title Oxymethylenether: Fuels and polymers based on CO2 and hydrogen
Acronym „Power to X“ FC-B3
Homepage KOPERNIKUS
Funding Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
Projectnumber

FKZ 03SFK2A

Description

Within the Kopernikus project "Power to X", the cluster FC-B3 considers production and application aspects of oxymethylenether as a fuel and polymer. The interface to the other subprojects within "Power to X" is the use of hydrogen generated by renewable energy sources as well as carbon dioxide from various sources, e.g. industrial processes or power stations. The interdisciplinary research addresses the development of novel catalysts and processes as well as the evaluation of the synthetic's fuels potential, considering kinetic, single-cylinder, full-engine, and vehicle investigations.

The technical research is accompanied by a lifecycle and acceptance analysis to assess the technology’s impact on environment and society in early stages of development.

Period 09/2016 - 08/2019

 
 

 
  XME-Diesel
Title

xME-Diesel – (Bio-) Methyl ethers as alternative fuels for the bivalent Diesel operation

Kurzbezeichnung

xME-Diesel

Funding Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Federal Ministry for Education and Research
Projectnumber

19U15007C PT

Description

Within the research project "xME", Diesel (Bio-) Methyl ethers for compression ignition engines are investigated in cooperation with the LVK of the TU Munich, DENSO Automotive Germany, IAV, and the Ford Research and Innovation Center. These fuels can be produced from regenerative electricity in combination with a carbon source, e.g. CO2 or biomass. Goal of the project is to build two demonstrator vehicles, one operating on dimethyl ether (DME) and one on dimethoxymethane (OME). The task of VKA is to characterize both fuels extensively in a single cylinder research engine and assess their emission reduction potential. Thereafter, the combustion system will be optimized for the bivalent operation of DME and Diesel by means of CFD. The final optimized combustion system will then be utilized in the demonstrator vehicle.

Laufzeit

05/2015 - 05/2018

 
 

 
 

Varimot

Title

Variable systems to increase the efficiency of gasoline engines with small displacement

Funding Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi)
Projectnumber 19U15011E
Description

In the medium term, the combustion engine will continue being the dominant drive train despite the increasing electrification. Thus, an overall optimization of the combustion engine is an important and useful measure for reducing CO2 emissions. The goal of VARIMOT is to develop an intelligently built motor concept for the lower middle class (1250 kg) that is based on principally known technologies. Hereby, a consumption of 95 g/km within the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) shall be proven. This corresponds to a reduction of 15% relating to engines in this vehicle class.

In VARIMOT, the following components / systems are optimized: the engine with its charge cycle and combustion process, the turbocharging system with control, a variable compression with control, and a variable valve-gear with control. The challenge of this project is the overall view and tuning including an economically acceptable implementation.

The project was chosen within the funding announcement “energy efficient drive trains”.

Period 06/2015 - 11/2017

 
 

 
 
Title

Development of a bio-gas-powered Range Extender

Homepage GreenREX
Funding Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi)
Projectnumber 01MY13001F
Description

The development of a solely renewably driven lightweight vehicle is the goal of the publicly funded joint project “GreenREX”. The project consortium, consisting of the Fraunhofer ICT, the KSPG AG, the KIT – wbk institute for projection technology, the StreetScooter GmbH, the FEV GmbH, and the institute for combustion engines (VKA) of the RWTH Aachen University jointly develop and test a renewably driven electro vehicle with a Range Extender for biogas operation. Basis of this development is the V2-Range Extender that was developed by KSPG and FEV. Its everyday suitability will be proven by the project partners with a vehicle that is provided by StreetScooter.

Period 01/2014 - 12/2016

 
 

 
 

Alternative Commercial Vehicle Powertrains for Trucks and Busses

Title

Alternative commercial vehicle drive trains for trucks and busses – clean and energy efficient road transportation

Acronym ANFAHRT
Funding Ministerium für Innovation, Wissenschaft und Forschung NRW
Projectnumber 321-8.03.04.03.-2012/01
Description

Within the framework of the project ‘‘ANFAHRT’’, the Institute for Combustion Engines (VKA) cooperates with Institute for Technical Combustion (ITV) from RWTH Aachen University and Faculty of Energy Technology, Faculty of Aerospace Engineering as well as Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology from FH Aachen to develop innovative alternative drive systems for commercial vehicles. The research scope extends from the basic topic of the components and their interactions within the powertrain systems to the vehicle behavior and the fleet operation.

Period 01/2013 - 12/2016

 
 

 
 

BREEZE!

Title

BREEZE! Fuel Cell Range Extender for Electric Vehicles: Zero Emission!

Acronym

BREEZE!

Funding Ziel2NRW
Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia
European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)
Projectnumber

64.65.69-EM-1020A

Description

The main advantages of battery electric vehicles (BEV) are driving without local emissions and high tank-to-wheel efficiency. Because of cost, weight, and packaging reasons, the electric range and the recharging time of BEV is an issue. Even with pioneering battery-technologies, high ranges and fast charging will not be economically feasible in the medium term. As a consequence of this, the project focuses on the development and integration of a 30 kW Fuel Cell Range Extender Module, which increases the range of BEV significantly and enables highly efficient driving without emissions and with minimal noise. Additionally, the Range-Extender-Module improves the battery lifetime by avoiding deep-discharge. Furthermore, the overall range of the BEV can be increased by using the waste heat of the fuel cell for cabin-heating.

The fuel cell system, which is especially designed for a BEV of the subcompact class, can also be used in other applications like materials handling, UPS, and grid-independent systems because of its compact design and its high level of component integration.

Period

07/2011 - 07/2015

 
 

 
 
Title

Development of technologies for energy efficient drive trains of mobile power engines

Homepage TEAM
Funding

Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

Projectnumber 02PJ2245
Description

Analyses show that with new technologies, there is a potential of reducing 20 to 40% of energy and pollutants. Efficient drive technologies, which partly already exist as functional models for mobile work machines, contribute to this. A consequent and machine specific merger of these technologies, the practical test, and a comparative assessment has not yet been carried out. Additionally, the development in the automotive-sector is promising, for example the fast rotating electric drive or optimized combustion engines.

Period 02/2012 - 01/2015