AVL Gernot Hasenbichler, AVL
“AVL is participating the HDGAS program because we believe that gas engines have a high market potential in future for a couple of reasons. The relatively good availability is one, the prize advantage is another one and the significant reduction in CO2 emissions is a third one. AVL wants to contribute to the reduction of CO2 and participating in the HDGAS program, taking gas engine technologies to the next step and preparing the market with infrastructure measures, is one way towards a CO2 reduction in the transport industry. AVL can contribute with good understanding of the gas engine technologies, in particular its combustion and thermodynamics, and will together with industry partners and universities implement these technologies into demonstrators making evidence for the CO2 reduction potential.”
'AVL - Gernot Hasenbichler'
AVL LIST GmbH is the world’s largest privately owned and independent company for the development of powertrain systems as well as simulation, instrumentation and test systems. AVL has about 3800 employees in Graz (over 700 graduated engineers) and a global network of 65 representations and affiliates resulting in more than 7500 employees worldwide. AVL´s Powertrain Engineering division activities are focused on the research, design and development of various powertrains in the view of low fuel consumption, low emission, low noise and improved drivability. The Advanced Simulation Technologies division develops and markets the simulation methods which are necessary for the powertrain development work. The Instrumentation and Test Systems division is an established manufacturer and provider of instruments and systems for powertrain and vehicle testing including combustion diagnostic sensors, optical systems as well as complete engine, powertrain and vehicle test beds. AVL supplies advanced development and testing solutions for conventional and hybrid vehicle components and systems like simulation platforms, development tools and system integration tools.
“HDGas is a great opportunity for BorgWarner to demonstrate and to shape our capabilities in ignition systems in the HD vehicle sector that is usually dominated by compression ignition”
'BorgWarner - Alexander Schenk'
BorgWarner Ludwigsburg GmbH is a subsidiary of BorgWarner Inc. with its headquarters in Auburn Hills in the US state of Michigan. BorgWarner supplies virtually all well-known automotive manufacturers with its award-winning technologies. As a globally recognized product leader in the field of high-performance components and systems for the drivetrain, BorgWarner is constantly developing new technologies designed to ensure sustainable mobility for future generations too.
BorgWarner consists of the business divisions Engine Group (Emissions Systems, Morse TEC, Thermal Systems, Turbo Systems) and Drivetrain Group (TorqTransfer Systems, Transmission Systems). The BorgWarner Engine Group develops air management systems and supplies innovative components that improve fuel consumption and reduce emissions while improving performance. These components are from the fields of turbocharging, thermal management and valve control as well as diesel cold start and ignition technologies which are developed and produced in Ludwigsburg. The BorgWarner Drivetrain Group can look back on a 100-year tradition as an innovative industrial company in the field of transmission and all-wheel drive technology. The Group makes use of this experience in the vehicle drivetrain for clutch and torque management systems of all kinds.
BorgWarner has received many prestigious prizes for its innovative technologies and regularly wins awards from automotive manufacturers. About 22,000 employees work globally to ensure that BorgWarner and its technical innovations continue to set standards in the automotive sector in future.
The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 360,000 associates worldwide (as per April 1, 2015). The company generated sales of 49 billion euros in 2014*. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiary and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including its sales and service partners, Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. In 2014, Bosch applied for some 4,600 patents worldwide. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to create solutions for a connected life. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.”
Mobility Solutions is the largest Bosch Group business sector. In 2014, its sales came to 33.3 billion euros, or 68 percent of total group sales. This makes the Bosch Group one of the leading automotive suppliers. The Mobility Solutions business sector combines the group’s expertise in three mobility domains – automation, electrification, and connectivity – and offers its customers integrated mobility solutions. Its main areas of activity are injection technology and powertrain peripherals for internal-combustion engines, diverse solutions for powertrain electrification, vehicle safety systems, driver-assistance and automated functions, technology for user-friendly infotainment as well as car-to-car and Car2X communication, repair-shop concepts, and technology and services for the automotive aftermarket. Bosch has been responsible for important automotive innovations, such as electronic engine management, the ESP anti-skid system, and common-rail diesel technology.
*The sales figure disclosed for 2014 does not include the former joint ventures BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeräte GmbH (now BSH Hausgeräte GmbH) and ZF Lenksysteme GmbH (now Robert Bosch Automotive Steering GmbH), which have since been taken over completely.”
"Daimler has long-standing experience in the development of trucks and consequently invests in the development of alternative drive trains with the long-term goal of emission-free driving. Natural Gas offers a serious option to qualify as an alternative fuel to Diesel for heavy-duty vehicles. Beyond its lower CO2 emissions by its chemical composition natural gas can be produced through the usage of regenerative sources in many different ways which offers further CO2 potentials. The HDGAS project offers great opportunities to bring this new fuel to the market of heavy duty vehicles and we from Daimler are happy to support this project with our experience in alternative powertrain development."
'Daimler - Steffen Maus'
Daimler AG is one of the world’s most successful automotive companies. With its divisions Mercedes-Benz Cars, Daimler Trucks, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Daimler Buses and Daimler Financial Services, the Daimler Group is one of the biggest producers of premium cars and the world’s biggest manufacturer of commercial vehicles with a global reach. Daimler Financial Services provides financing, leasing, fleet management, insurance, financial investments, credit cards, and innovative mobility services.
The company’s founders, Gottlieb Daimler and Carl Benz, made history with the invention of the automobile in the year 1886. As a pioneer of automotive engineering, Daimler continues to shape the future of mobility today: The Group’s focus is on innovative and green technologies as well as on safe and superior automobiles that appeal to and fascinate. Daimler consequently invests in the development of alternative drive trains with the long-term goal of emission-free driving: from hybrid vehicles to electric vehicles powered by battery or fuel cell. Furthermore, the company follows a consistent path towards accident-free driving and intelligent connectivity all the way to autonomous driving. This is just one example of how Daimler willingly accepts the challenge of meeting its responsibility towards society and the environment.
Its current brand portfolio includes, in addition to the world’s most valuable premium automotive brand, Mercedes-Benz, as well as Mercedes-AMG and Mercedes-Maybach, the brands smart, Freightliner, Western Star, BharatBenz, FUSO, Setra and Thomas Built Buses, and Daimler Financial Services’ brands: Mercedes-Benz Bank, Mercedes-Benz Financial, Daimler Truck Financial, moovel and car2go.
“Dinex Ecocat is pleased to be a part of the HDGAS consortium, where the all main players in relation to mobile natural gas applications are involved. Our company is focused on catalytic AFTERtreatment systems purifying exhaust gases formed BEFORE those treatments. Therefore, it is important to know the running development in engine and management technologies, which are key factors in emission formation in the steps to Euro 6 and beyond. The networking between research (Universities), engineering and industrial partners is an important part of HDGAS to build expertise, knowledge and R&D facilities too.”
'Dinex Ecocat Oy - Teuvo Maunula'
Dinex Ecocat Oy is a daughter company and part of the global Danish based Dinex Group, which has a long experience for commercial aftertereatment systems since the 1980’s. Dinex is a leading global manufacturer and distributor of innovative engineered exhaust and emission control products and solutions for the heavy duty diesel and gas engine industry. The constantly growing portfolio of more than 20.000 part numbers and complete systems represents everything from pipes, silencers and other exhaust accessories including advanced after treatment systems with own technologies of coating and substrates.
Dinex Ecocat develops, produces and sells metal-based substrates and coatings for both ceramic and metal substrates, which are core parts of the technical solutions for heavy-duty exhaust systems. NG applications are a core business field in Dinex Ecocat. The main R&D facilities of Dinex Ecocat are located in Finland in Oulu (R&D Centre) and in Vihtavuori (prototype/engine laboratories). The main catalyst production site is located in Vihtavuori. Beside the development in Finland Dinex has a prototype production for ceramic substrates and catalytic coatings for F-SCR applications in Bindlach, Germany. In Middelfart, complete exhaust systems are designed using CFD and FEA simulation tools and tested on several test benches in respect to emission reduction, mechanical stability and noise reduction performance.
“How can Heavy Duty vehicles’ contribution to climate change be reduced in the future? The HDGAS project will provide an answer to this question: new technical solutions for advanced Powertrain concepts will be investigated, as well new Exhaust Aftertreatment systems, allowing an important air quality improvement. FPT Industrial, along with its Partners in HDGAS, has the chance to fully develop a new pure Natural Gas engine and vehicle, facing lastly real-world driving conditions: reducing pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions in moving people and goods should be constantly increased.”
'FPT Industrial - Giancarlo Dellora'
FPT Industrial is the company of CNH Industrial dedicated to the development, production and sales of powertrains for On-Road, Off-Road, Marine and Power Generation applications.
With more than a hundred years of experience in the industry, FPT Industrial has always been committed to introducing innovative technological solutions which offer excellent performance, reduced fuel consumption and minimized polluting emissions.
The company employs over 8,000 people on a worldwide basis, localized in 10 plants and 6 Research & Development centres. The commercial network of dealers and service points ensures the presence of FPT Industrial in more than 100 countries.
FPT Industrial’s product range is extensive, featuring engines ranging from 2.2 to 20 litres with output from 30 to 740kW, and five and six-speed longitudinal transmissions with a maximum torque between 300 and 500 Nm. The range is completed by engine versions which use alternative fuels, including those running on natural gas (NG).
In FPT Industrial research centres, testing is carried out on solutions that allow engine emissions to be reduced, not only meeting actual Euro VI and Tier 4B regulations on emissions, but also working on future emission reductions. In addition, the study of combustion, thermal and mechanical loading have allowed the company to produce engines with a more efficient output.
FPT Industrial is also testing solutions using second generation biodiesels and high-quality synthetic fuels which can be extracted from various plant types and biomasses.
“Applus IDIADA group is pleased to be part of the HDGAS Project. We expect from HDGAS a new technology development for Heavy Duty vehicles, and significant air quality improvements (complying with EUVI emissions standards and meeting the GHG emissions targets currently under definition). Applus IDIADA group is a company that will make every effort to ensure the objective, and expects that all the knowledge acquired throughout the years to be of help to achieve the goal.”
'Applus IDIADA - Xavier Ribas - Product manager HD&Off Road Engineering'
Applus IDIADA Group (IDIADA), as a global partner to the automotive industry, provides complete solutions for automotive development projects worldwide. IDIADA’s Technical Centre is located 70 km south of Barcelona (Spain), having subsidiaries and branch offices in several European, American and Asian countries with a total work force of more than 1700 employees worldwide. The core services IDIADA provides are: Engineering, Proving Ground and Homologation. Main fields of engineering activity are powertrain, emissions, noise & vibration, vehicle dynamics, electronics, fatigue & durability and passive safety. The company holds the representation of the Spanish Government in several bodies dealing with automotive research and regulation, such as EEVC (European Enhanced Vehicle-safety Committee) and UN ECE (United Nations Economic Commission for Europe) Working Groups. In the same way, IDIADA is member of several working groups in GRSP, Euro NCAP and ISO. IDIADA has large experience in holding events suitable for dissemination activities. Its state-of-art facilities, which include its own 4 engine test cells for the development of Natural Gas engines, own LNG and CNG station and development test tracks. IDIADA is currently taking part in several EC funded projects. IDIADA has developed several engines, both dedicated and dual-fuel, and is characterized by a close to the market development oriented approach, to ensure the developments are always cost-efficient and close to the real life needs, including real life emissions.
Iveco España S.L. (IVECO) is affiliated to Case New Holland Industrial. CNH Industrial N.V. (CNHI) is a global leader in the capital goods sector with established industrial experience, a wide range of products and a worldwide presence. Iveco is a brand of CNHI. Iveco designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of light, medium and heavy commercial vehicles, off-road trucks, city and intercity buses and coaches as well as special vehicles for applications such as fire-fighting, off-road missions, defence and civil protection. It manages production sites in 11 countries throughout Europe, Asia, Africa, Oceania and Latin America where it produces vehicles featuring the latest advanced technologies.
Iveco España S.L. has two factories in Spain: Valladolid (Iveco Light Range) and Madrid (Iveco Heavy Range). In Madrid there is also an Engineering and Development centre with responsibility in NG trucks. The factory of Madrid manufactures the NG heavy truck Iveco Stralis with different models of CNG and LNG. Iveco has experimented with all the technologies considered ecological or alternatives to oil: biofuels, hydrogen, LPG, electric vehicles, etc. Iveco began experimenting with CNG buses and trucks in the year 1994 and in 1995 began mass production and has managed to settle on two specific market niches: buses and urban solid waste collection. Commercially, Iveco has verified that the use of CNG has its limitations for use on long distances because of its limited range; around 350 km. To solve this problem, since 2004, Iveco has been working on LNG truck prototypes, developing new technology that increases the autonomy of natural gas vehicles up to 800-900 km. In 2005 the first pilot truck was put into service and it has been working since then at full capacity, although it is used
for collecting solid waste. In 2010 a limited number of pilot LNG vehicles were introduced covering local services primarily in Spain and the Netherlands. In 2012 began the production in series of the Stralis LNG (330 CV). In the beginning of 2014 was launched the Euro VI version of this truck and a new version, adapted to the recently published amendments of the R-110 including LNG provisions, is presented at the NGV 20114 7th-10th of July in Brussels and will be manufactured before the end year.
“We as MAN are very proud of being a part of the HDGAS co-funded project, which allows us to develop a new and innovative technology. We think that the project will provide breakthroughs for LNG as fuel. We see this project as a milestone in research and developing of commercial vehicles where we, MAN and our partners, can be the pioneers for a green and sustainable future road transport.”
‘MAN – Johann Weinzierl’
Engineering the Future – since 1758
The MAN Group is one of Europe’s leading commercial vehicle, engine and mechanical engineering companies, generating annual revenue of around 14.3 billion euros and employing a workforce of approx. 55,900 worldwide. MAN is a supplier of trucks, buses, diesel engines, turbomachinery and special gear units, with all corporate divisions holding leading market positions.
The Group aims to grow profitably around the world in its two business areas, Commercial Vehicles and Power Engineering, and to increase the value of the Company. Customer orientation, technology leadership, and the ongoing expansion of after-sales services are key to achieving these goals.
MAN Truck & Bus AG, which is based in Munich, Germany, is the largest company in the MAN Group and one of the leading international providers of commercial vehicles and transport solutions – this is the legal entity involved in this project. The company has production sites in in three European countries. Other production sites are located in India, Russia, South Africa and Turkey. MAN Truck & Bus manufactures trucks with gross vehicle weights ranging from 7.5 to 44 tons, heavy-duty special-purpose vehicles with gross train weights of up to 250 tons, city and intercity buses and coaches (entire buses and chassis), as well as diesel and natural gas engines. Moreover, other manufacturers also install engines from MAN in their commercial vehicles, construction and agricultural machinery and rail vehicles, as well as yachts. To complement this, MAN Truck & Bus offers customers with MAN Solutions an extensive range of services from a single source.
MAN can look back on a corporate history of more than 250 years. The company is currently celebrating another important anniversary this year: The history of commercial vehicle construction at MAN started 100 years ago.
"The Laboratory of Catalysis and Catalytic Processes and the Internal Combustion Engine Group at the Department of Energy of Politecnico di Milano are happy to contribute to the HDGAS Project with their expertise in Exhaust Gas Aftertreatment Technologies and in modelling of IC engines. We look forward to the opportunity of developing new fundamental and engineering knowledge related to NG vehicles in collaboration with leading Companies of the automotive sector.”
'Politecnico di Milano - Enrico Tronconi'
Politecnico di Milano is the largest technical university in Italy, with approximately 1800 academics and researchers, which offers only study programmes in Engineering and Architecture. It is organized in 12 Departments of Engineering and Architecture and is currently one of the top ranked technical University in Europe. The Department of Energy counts nearly 250 people, including 110 faculty staff and 140 post-doctoral and doctoral researchers, working on advanced research activities concerning a wide range of energy sciences and technologies. In particular, three strategic sectors are investigated: energy technologies in transports; electric power generation, transmission and distribution; thermal engineering and efficient final energy use.
“For future heavy commercial vehicles, reducing greenhouse gas emissions is a critical priority. A promising route towards this goal is the more widespread use of natural gas, as an alternative to conventional liquid fossil fuels. However, the adoption of natural gas power for commercial vehicles faces several technical challenges which are being addressed by HDGAS. Ricardo is very pleased to be a partner in the HDGAS project, contributing innovative technologies in collaboration with other HDGAS stakeholders and demonstrating efficient lean-burn engines and aftertreatment systems for all the candidate mono- and dual-fuel natural gas engine types.”
'Ricardo - Andrew Noble PhD - Head of Heavy Duty Engines'
Ricardo is a global strategic, technical and environmental consultancy. It is also a specialist niche manufacturer of high performance products. The company employs over 2,100 professional engineers, consultants and scientists who are committed to delivering innovative solutions, on time to meet the most demanding expectations. Our client list includes the world’s major transportation original equipment manufacturers, supply chain organisations, energy companies, financial institutions and government agencies.
Ricardo Innovations is a division of Ricardo, dedicated to research programmes, operating alongside all of the group’s global business units. The focussed team of over 50 people manages Ricardo’s medium and large advanced research projects across all areas of the business providing a committed and consistent approach to key research programmes.
Country: United Kingdom
"SAG is very pleased to participate in the HDGAS project. As the world market leader in fuel tanks for heavy goods vehicles we are looking forward to provide our tank expertise to this project. We have a lot of experience with LNG tanks without pump and we will do our best to develop an LNG Tank with integrated low pressure pump/ high pressure pump. We are also very happy to meet and to get to know other people who have the same passion, and to share ideas about the future of the truck business.”
'SAG - Hannes Rest'
SAG Motion GmbH – a subsidiary of the Salzburg Aluminium AG – with its headquarters in Lend/Salzburg, is an international supplier of aluminium components and systems for the automotive, commercial vehicle, aviation and rail industry. We also manufacture complete systems for heating technology. The company is the world market leader in its most important product range – fuel tanks for heavy goods vehicles. With our workforce of 981 people, SAG Motion generated a turnover of 155 million euros in 2014, and supplied more than half a million fuel tanks directly to OEMs. From its headquarters in Lend, Austria, the SAG Motion Group operates a total of nine production sites and one logistics site in Austria, the Netherlands, France, Sweden, Slovakia, Brazil and Mexico. The most influential manufacturers of heavy utility vehicles in Europe and America place their trust in the company’s products.
TNO is the Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research and was founded in 1932. TNO is active on seven research themes, one of which is “Mobility”. TNO activities in this theme involve amongst others providing R&D services in the areas of crash safety, advanced chassis and transport systems, vehicle dynamics and power trains. Involved in the HDGAS project is TNO’s powertrains department, which is working on the improvement and development of vehicle powertrains, including their components, in order to make them more economical, quiet, clean and safe. Within the context of this proposal, TNO plans to work on EAS equipment ageing test methods, specifically for dual fuel applications.
“We are pleased about being part of a project which addresses such globally important issues as the greenhouse gas emissions of heavy duty vehicles. This project combines the efforts of almost all stakeholders of the industry and research facilities.”
'TU Graz - Helmut Eichsleder'
In worldwide competition with comparable institutions, Graz University of Technology pursues top teaching and research in the fields of science and engineering. An integral part of putting together excellent education and training programs is knowing about the needs of society and the economy. Ultimately, the quality of the education and training at Graz University of Technology is carried by the strength of its knowledge-oriented and applied research.
The Institute of Internal Combustion Engines and Thermodynamics is dedicated to providing innovative and internationally recognized teaching and research in the interconnected system energy, engines, traffic and environment. The objectives of research activities at the Institute are to ensure its continuing scientific development and to offer an education that meets today’s demands in the area of teaching. The institute employs about 160 personnel. The six main research areas are: Large Engines, Design, Combustion Systems, Traffic and Environment, Emissions and Thermodynamics. A wide variety of testing facilities is available like 14 engine test benches for engine sizes ranging from 30 ccm to 25 liters per cylinder and chassis dynamometers for two-wheelers, passenger cars and even for trucks.
“The HDGAS project brings together highly skilled industrial partners and research institutes creating an effective tool to promote introduction of the latest technology for modern heavy-duty vehicles. Catalyst research group of UEF considers the project as an excellent opportunity to expand international network and to collaborate with international teams around topical theme concerning energy efficiency and green chemistry technology.”
'UEF - Mika Suvanto'
University of Eastern Finland is one of the largest universities in Finland having about 15 000 students and 2800 members of staff. UEF is a multidisciplinary university offering education in more than 100 major subjects. Four faculties of UEF are the Philosophical Faculty, the Faculty of Science and Forestry, the Faculty of Health Sciences, and the Faculty of Social Sciences and Business Studies Faculty. The key interdisciplinary research areas of UEF are based on the four global challenges: Ageing, lifestyles and health; Learning in a digitised society; Cultural encounters, mobilities and borders; and Environmental change and sufficiency of natural resources.
The main research areas of the Department of Chemistry in UEF are Materials chemistry and Bioeconomy/biomedicine. Our department specializes in material solutions for industrial applications. The work is based on fundamental research. The research groups have extensive experience in networking with international and domestic research partners and close contacts to industrial operators.
Our catalyst research group has a long-term experience for the industrial collaboration in the field of emission control of automotive applications. The main focus of research activities has been on preparation, characterization and reactivity studies of the catalyst systems. Of particular importance has been the understanding of structure – property relationships. Available modern and versatile laboratory facilities and instrumentation of the department supports well the catalyst development. Catalyst chemistry for after treatment systems has a direct connection to Aerosols, climate change and human health which is one of the top-level international research areas of UEF.
"Trucks are of ultimate importance today and in the foreseeable future. Working together with key industrial companies in Europe is a big and great opportunity for UASE to contribute with scientific and pragmatic work to the development of sustainable solutions for high efficient, low emission and GHG – neutral truck operations. Besides the technological developments of combustion processes and exhaust aftertreatment systems, the work on standardization of the filling process is a key success-factor for the mass-market introduction of LNG as a fuel. Wherever a truck stops for refueling, it has to get LNG worldwide in a safe, easy to handle and standardized way related to the connections and filling procedures. UASE will work on this standardization process under the workpackage - leadership of Daimler AG. In order to build a scientific and sound basis for standardization, UASE will conduct in-depth analyses and simulations of the filling process which will as well help to optimize it and to use it for the tank design work.”
'University of Applied Science Esslingen - Ferdinand Panik'
The University of Applied Science in Esslingen is one of the oldest engineering schools in Germany. Located in the center of the Automobile Industry the university is closely tied to the Automotive and Energy Industry in Baden- Württemberg like Daimler, Porsche, Bosch, Mahle, EnBW but as well to their broad supplier basis. The UASE supports the industry with education of about 5500 students but in addition with technology transfer programs which actual are very much focused on sustainable energy and mobility technology. The university achieves consistently high standings in different university rankings, mirroring its reputation and the quality of the scientific and engineering work.
"HDGAS is a challenging project with 19 partners. Due to the complexity Uniresearch will be able to demonstrate its added value. Uniresearch is the project manager of the HDGAS project."
'Uniresearch - Kathrin Braun'
Since 1994, Uniresearch, an independent grant-consultancy company, has specialised in the startup and management of technology innovations. The company provides high-quality services helping clients find funding opportunities and prepare applications for regional, national, and pan-European grants like the European Commission’s Seventh Framework Program (FP7) and Horizon2020. Uniresearch’s full services support customers throughout each stage of a research and innovation project: from project definition, through consortium-building and proposal writing, to contract negotiation, project execution, and dissemination of results. In fact, Uniresearch customers enjoy a success rate for European grants that is three times higher than the average.
The Volvo Group (VOLVO) is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of trucks, buses and construction equipment, drive systems for marine and industrial applications, and services. Founded in 1927, Volvo Group has approximately 101 000 employees today, production in 20 countries and sales activities in some 190 markets. 2012 the Volvo Groups’ operating income amounted to 17,6 BnSEK (approx. 2,0 Bn€).
Volvo Technology, founded 1969, is one of the legal entities within the Volvo Group organized under Group Trucks Technology, with its main office in Gothenburg (Sweden) and locations in France, United States, India, China and Japan. Volvo Technology is a Volvo Group advanced technology and research engineering entity, developing and integrating new product and business concepts and technology for hard as well as soft products within the transport and vehicle industry. VolvoTechnology has approximately 500 employees.
The VIRTUAL VEHICLE is an international institution in the field of application-oriented vehicle development. More than any other European research institute it unites a variety of sub-disciplines from the field of vehicle simulation technologies. The development of new technologies, methods and tools for individual CAE disciplines and CAE integration takes center stage. A multidisciplinary approach to product development and coupled simulation are central research topics. In addition, VIRTUAL VEHICLE features a variety of test stands and highly sophisticated new measurement methods in both its own test center and in cooperation with the Technical University Graz. This also enables the validation of simulation processes and “hybrid verification”, which involves the connection of simulation and testing for system design.
VIRTUAL VEHICLE functions as a bridge between university research and advanced industrial development. The bundled competencies found at VIRTUAL VEHICLE, together with the coverage of individual CAE topics and CAE integration, form a research platform that is unique in the world of CAE.
The required fields of knowledge are covered by five research areas:
- Information & Process Management
- Thermo & Fluid Dynamics
- NVH & Friction
- Mechanics & Materials
- E/E & Software
Westport, a division of Westport Fuel Systems Inc., engineers the world’s most advanced natural gas engines, fuel systems and components. With a proven track record of innovation, specialized engineering capabilities, and a deep patent portfolio resulting in a strong intellectual property position, our expertise in gaseous fuels and cryogenics has made us the go-to partner for OEMs needing on-road products to meet increasingly stringent regulatory frameworks.
Our fully integrated Westport™ HPDI 2.0 system has been validated as a key solution for de-carbonizing the transport sector by matching the “diesel-like” power, torque, and fuel economy benefits of a true compression ignition engine powered by natural gas, with reduced GHG emissions, and the capability to run entirely on renewable fuels.
We have the specialized technical knowledge and engineering talent that can conceive, prototype, demonstrate, and commercialize the next generation of gaseous alternative fueled technologies to address the challenges of global climate change and urban air quality.