DAF Trucks N.V. is a wholly owned subsidiary of the North-American corporation PACCAR Inc. DAF Trucks core activities are focused on the development, production, marketing and sale of medium and heavy-duty commercial vehicles. All DAF products are backed up by a full range of services. DAF Trucks also produces components for third parties, ranging from axle assemblies to complete engines for buses and coaches and special vehicles. The customer is DAF’s top priority. Low costs per kilometre, high quality, driver comfort, low fuel consumption, minimal impact on the environment and high transport efficiency characterize all DAF products. DAF Trucks has production facilities in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, in Westerlo, Belgium and in Ponta Grossa, Brasil. Thanks to its high efficiency and the world class manufacturing and products, the company has established a strong competitive position on the European market.
CRF (Centro Ricerche Fiat), headquartered in Orbassano (Turin) with other branch sites in Italy, was established in 1978. As a focal point for research activities of FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles), CRF has the mission to:
– develop and transfer innovative powertrains, vehicle systems and features, materials, processes and methodologies together with innovation expertise in order to improve the competitiveness of FCA products;
– represent FCA in European collaborative research programs, joining pre-competitive projects and promoting networking actions;
– support FCA in the protection and enhancement of intellectual property.
Also through the cooperation with a pan-European and increasingly global network of more than 1700 partners from industry and academia, CRF conducts collaborative research initiatives at the national and international levels in partnership with all the key public and private stakeholders concerned with sustainable mobility, targeting specifically the industrial exploitation of research.
With a workforce of approximately 900 full-time professionals, CRF develops research and innovation along the three principal axes of sustainability: Environmental Sustainability, which encompasses all aspects relating to energy efficiency as well as to the reduction of the impact on the environment over the entire lifecycle of the vehicle; Social Sustainability, focusing on the safety of transportation systems through the development of active, passive, preventive and cooperative solutions while addressing the mobility of all users irrespective of their specific needs; Economically sustainable competitiveness, oriented towards viable innovation, i.e., improving the performance and functionality of new vehicles in a cost-effective manner while reducing the time-to-market of research results.
The CRF research activities imply strategic competences not only in the field of automotive engineering, but also in the fields of manufacturing, advanced materials, ICT and electronics, as well as a wide range of state-of-the-art laboratories and extensive test facilities, including advanced engine & vehicle testing facilities, EMC chambers and a dynamic driving simulator with immersive virtual reality.
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 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.
Daimler sells its vehicles and services in nearly all the countries of the world and has production facilities in Europe, North and South America, Asia, and Africa.
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. The company is listed on the stock exchanges of Frankfurt and Stuttgart (stock exchange symbol DAI). In 2014, the Group sold more than 2.5 million vehicles and employed a workforce of 279,972 people; revenue totaled €129.9 billion and EBIT amounted to €10.8 billion.
"With more than a hundred years of experience, FPT Industrial has always been committed to introducing innovative technological solutions which offer excellent performance, reduced fuel consumption and minimized polluting emissions. Within the ECOCHAMPS Consortium FPT will be responsible for the hybrid LCV mechanical gearbox, which has the key function in the vehicle architecture to allow electric, hybrid and thermal drive. FPT aims at the optimization and standardization of the driveline components in order to improve an hybrid LCV cost, weight, functionality and performance. This target will be achieved through a strict cooperation with the vehicle OEM and the other partners involved in the project."
Enrico di Grazia - FPT
FPT Industrial is a brand of CNH Industrial, dedicated to the design, production and sale of powertrains for on and off-road vehicles, marine and power generation applications. The company employs approximately 8,200 people worldwide, in ten manufacturing plants and six R&D Centers. The FPT Industrial sales network consists of 90 dealers and over 1000 service centres in almost 100 countries. A wide product offering, including six engine ranges from 31 kW up to 740 kW and transmissions with maximum torque of 200 Nm up to 500 Nm, and a close focus on R&D activities make FPT Industrial a world leader in industrial powertrains.
"In the ECOCHAMPS project, IVECO has been assigned the responsibility of work package leader of WP6: Medium Duty demo. IVECO will conduct most of prototyping and testing activity on Medium Duty demonstrator and will work with its partners to reach the goals to reduce the environmental impact of its vehicles and increase their efficiency."
Marco Aimo Boot - IVECO
IVECO is one of 12 brands belonging to CNH Industrial and is one of the world leaders in road transportation. It designs, manufactures and sells a wide range of light, medium and heavy commercial vehicles for road and off-road use.
The key players in its product line-up are the Daily, a vehicle that covers the 2.8 – 7 ton vehicle weight segment, the Eurocargo from 6 – 16 tons, the Trakker (dedicated to off-road missions) and the Stralis, both over 16 tons. The product offer is complemented by a series of aftersales, financing and used vehicle assistance services.
Founded in 1975, Iveco today is present in over 100 countries through its sales network, joint ventures, licensees and affiliates. From its beginning, the company has been committed to safe, efficient and ecological mobility and for more than 40 years has been developing technological solutions that respect the lives of people and the environment.
IVECO’s vision is to develop modes of transportation that reach a destination in the most efficient, ecological and safe way. The company places an emphasis on its innovation practices in order to continuously improve and enhance its technologies. Innovation follows the guiding principles of Sustainability and Customer Obsession. Sustainability focuses on the economic, social and environmental dimensions of a vehicle’s lifecycle as well as the company’s impact on the world around it. Customer Obsession is the approach adopted by Iveco in its research and development processes in order to develop what customers will require in the future from a vehicle. Those important principles that drive each stage of Innovation development can be classified under the four following elements:
• Energy efficiency, the most relevant item for the environment and for the customer
• Liveability, related to the issue of high quality of life on board
• Safety, for both drivers and those around them
• Security, an important cost related issue. Provide solutions that protect vehicles and their contents
These are the innovation guidelines of Iveco, where every project is inspired by these important principles, according to specific methodologies.
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.
A group with industrial and commercial presence in 118 countries, Renault designs, develops, manufactures and sells innovative, safe and environmentally-friendly vehicles worldwide. Its 128,000 employees contribute to a strategy of profitable growth based on three key factors: competitiveness, innovation and international expansion.
Renault’s target is to be the most profitable of European generalist automotive company. The Group is accelerating its international development with the new Logan and pursuing the Alliance with Nissan.
At the end of 2007 and throughout 2008 the Renault-Nissan Alliance has announced a strategy of massive deployment of electric vehicles using Li-ion batteries. Up to now more than 40 partnership agreements have been signed worldwide with private companies and local public authorities. The Alliance aim to have the leadership in ZEV mass diffusion.
In April 2011, the Alliance and Daimler AG signed a cooperation agreement on long-term strategic future generations of Smart fortwo and Twingo, sharing powertrains and collaboration in the field of electric vehicles and LCV.
The Group’s activities are organized in two main Divisions:
• Automobile Division: Alongside Renault, this Division includes the brands Samsung and Dacia. The Automobile Division designs, develops and markets passenger cars and light commercial vehicles.
• Sales Financing Division: This Division contributes to Renault’s sales and marketing activities. It includes RCI Banque and its subsidiaries, making a total of some 60 companies underpinning the Group’s international development.
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.”
"GKN will be part of WP3 to define, develop, prototype and test the transmission unit for the P4-electric rear axle. Various transmission concepts with disconnect feature and/or 2 –speed option will be investigated in terms of vehicle benefit, packaging, scalability and cost."
'Theo Gassmann - GKN'
GKN Driveline is the largest business within the global engineering group, GKN plc.
GKN Driveline is the world’s leading supplier of automotive driveline components and systems. As a global company serving the world’s leading vehicle manufacturers, GKN Driveline develops, builds and supplies an extensive range of automotive driveline components – for use in the smallest ultra low-cost car to the most sophisticated premium vehicle demanding the most complex driving dynamics.
Gardner Denver, founded in 1859, is a leading, global provider of high-quality industrial equipment, technologies and services to a broad and diverse customer base through a family of highly recognized brands. The Company has 36 manufacturing facilities located in the Americas, EMEA, and Asia Pacific with offices in 33 different countries. 2012 revenues were $2.4 billion with approximately 63% of that revenue coming from outside of the United States. Gardner Denver is a well-diversified business in the markets we serve and the geographic locations in which we are located. Geographic diversification has helped us stay profitable despite fluctuating market conditions in various regions of the world.
Gardner Denver is comprised of three divisions: the Industrials Group, the Energy Group and the Medical Group, all with manufacturing facilities in the Americas, EMEA, and Asia Pacific.
The Industrials Group designs, manufactures, markets and services rotary screw, reciprocating and sliding vane compressors, multistage and positive displacement, centrifugal and side-channel blowers. The end market sectors served by the Industrials Group are primarily industrial manufacturing, transportation, energy, mining, construction, environmental and food and beverage.
Hydrovane is part of the industrial group and provides compressed air and gas solutions to meet the needs of a diverse range of applications and markets around the globe. Hydrovane was acquired by Gardner Denver, Inc. in October 2008 – a leading global manufacturer of highly engineered compressors, blowers, pumps and other fluid transfer equipment.
This global presence enables the company to draw on its extensive world-wide application experience while providing a genuinely local service to customers. Hydrovane’s adoption of the BS EN ISO 9001:2008 quality standard, as well as its own even more stringent internal processes, ensures all products manufactured by Hydrovane are of the highest standard.
The Hydrovane business operates at the Redditch facility in the centre of England, a location which is very favourably situated with major road, rail and air links close by.
The Redditch site occupies 8½ acres on one of the town’s industrial estates and has 10,500 square metres of factory area with 1670 square metres of offices.
"The EC support for the ECOCHAMPS project has allowed a great opportunity to bring together a diverse pan-European consortium of complimentary partners to work together, to define the technology requirements and challenges for the future next generation electrified powertrain and energy storage systems. The collaboration allows for the consideration of the implication for cost versus performance and to develop and deliver technology trying to address them, where the light duty automotive PHEV area is of particular strong interest for Johnson Matthey Battery Systems as a Tier1 supplier."
'Allan Patterson - JMBS'
Johnson Matthey Battery Systems is a leading independent provider of battery design, development and supply for demanding automotive applications, such as performance hybrids and PHEVs. We also manufacture high volumes of batteries for e-bikes, power tools and mobile technologies.
We have a market-leading technology for managing Lithium-ion batteries, delivering safe, durable performance. Our UK operation focuses on the design and manufacture of large-scale high voltage automotive grade battery systems for Electric and Hybrid Electric vehicles and batteries for mobile power products. In Poland we design and manufacture high performance battery packs for the professional cordless power tools and electric bike markets.
We are part of the Johnson Matthey group, a leading specialty chemicals company underpinned by science, technology and its people. A leader in sustainable technologies, many of its products enhance the quality of life for millions of people around the world. Johnson Matthey has five divisions: Emission Control Technologies, Process Technologies, Precious Metal Products, Fine Chemicals and New Businesses. Part of the New Businesses division, Battery Technologies comprises Johnson Matthey’s R&D programmes in advanced battery materials and Johnson Matthey Battery Systems.
Country: United Kingdom
"Eco-friendliness and clean energy solutions are the main parts of the Samsung SDI’s sustainability management program. Within the ECOCHAMPS project, Samsung SDI Battery Systems GmbH is responsible for the development of the lithium-ion battery for the heavy duty (HD) application. This project gives Samsung SDI the unique opportunity to gain further knowledge on the development of battery systems (e.g. modularity, standardization, …) applied in HD vehicles .."
'Patricia Handel - SDIBS'
Samsung SDI Battery Systems GmbH
Samsung SDI was founded in 1970 with the main focus on creating an innovative and brighter future regarding electronic materials. In 2000, the company joined the lithium-ion battery (LIB) business which has become one of their core businesses. The focus of the LIB market is not only on portable devices (e.g. laptops) but also on energy storage systems and automotive applications. To strengthen the latter, Samsung SDI acquired MAGNA STEYR Battery Systems GmbH & Co OG in May 2015. For automotive applications, Samsung SDI is committed to bringing customers the most creative and innovative products for electrified Samsung SDI Battery Systems GmbH offers a wide range of battery systems for automotive applications at the following locations:
- Austria: Graz, Zettling
- North America: Auburn Hills (MI)
- China: Changchun
Currently, Samsung SDI Battery Systems has 390 employees in Austria. At the Zettling and Graz locations, battery pack engineering, battery pack assembling and prototype battery builds are performed. Our product range includes battery packs for pure electric vehicles (BEV), plug-in hybrids, full hybrids as well as mild and mirco hybrid vehicles. Our core competence lies on the complete battery pack development, including the application of the newest cell technology, the electric monitoring by the cell supervision circuits and the battery management units, the battery usage management and the battery housing design with mechanical and thermal integration under consideration of the automotive safety standards.
Test laboratories in Austria and North America ensure that the highest quality and safety standards required from automotive industry are fulfilled.
European Thermodynamics is committed to delivering high integrity thermal solutions through excellence in design and innovation. For almost 15 years, ETDYN has worked with companies across the globe, to deliver state-of-the-art thermal management solutions. European Thermodynamics pride themselves on providing a full service, from initial problem definition through to the supply of high performance thermal components. The company’s in-house research and development teams are now working on advanced assemblies with higher coefficient of performance (COP), the bulk manufacture of thermoelectric generators and new thermoelectric materials to replace those that are already available in the market.
"In the past years AVL has been at the forefront of development of alternative drivetrain concepts in prototype as well as series production vehicles. Working within the ECOCHAMPS Consortium will further push the limits of efficient and clean powertrains."
'Benny Locker - AVL'
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.
"FEV will use its expertise on hybrid systems and powertrain electrification to support the project by improving the cost of innovative electrified vehicle propulsion systems for a more healthy environment in Europe.”
'Christof Schernus - FEV'
The FEV Group with headquarters in Aachen, Germany, is an internationally recognized development service provider for drive and vehicle technologies. The company offers its global transport industry customers a complete range of engineering services, providing support in the design, analysis and prototyping for powertrain and transmission development, as well as vehicle integration, calibration and homologation for advanced internal combustion gasoline-, diesel-, and alternative-fuelled powertrains. FEV’s competencies also include design, development and prototyping of innovative vehicle concepts, powertrain electronic control systems and hybrid-electric engine concepts that address future emission and fuel economy standards. In addition, FEV has a long track record in development of battery systems from concept to SoP. The FEV Group employs a staff of over 4,000 highly skilled specialists at advanced technical centers on three continents.
Ricardo is a global strategic, technical and environmental consultancy. It is also a specialist niche manufacturer of high performance products. The company employs over 2,500 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 research organisation, of over 50 people, which sits alongside Ricardo’s global business units. The focussed team manages the group’s medium and large advanced research projects across all areas of the business providing a dedicated and consistent approach to key research programmes.
Country: United Kingdom
"Uniresearch is proud to be part of the ECOCHAMPS Consortium and will support the project and its partners to reach its ambitious goals to reduce the environmental impact of road transport and increase its efficiency, while reinforcing the European competitiveness in this sector."
'Willem van Dorp - UNR'
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.
Country: The Netherlands
"We are happy to support the challenging development within the ECOCHAMPS project with our experience in the field of hybrid vehicles from the perspective of a non-profit organization.”
'Gunter Nitzsche - FhG'
Fraunhofer is Europe’s largest application-oriented research organization with more than 80 research units, including 60 Fraunhofer Institutes, at different locations in Germany. Their research efforts are geared entirely to people’s needs: health, security, communication, energy and the environment.
In the ECOCHAMPS project the Fraunhofer Institute for Transportation and Infrastructure Systems (IVI) is involved. Founded in 1992 (ancestor institute founded already in 1957), the Fraunhofer IVI is a research institute for applied sciences in the field of transportation – mainly road and public transport – as well as infrastructure. Located in Dresden, approx. 90 employees carry out applied research, development and application of various transport related subjects. These include, amongst others, new vehicle concepts for public transport and commercial vehicles, hybrid and all-electric driveline systems and a variety of component tests like batteries, fuel cells and capacitors.
"Ika is proud to be part of the ECOCHAMPS project and will bring in all its expertise to achieve the ambitious goals of the consortium.”
'Raphael Hummel - IKA'
The Institute for Automotive Engineering (ika) of RWTH Aachen University is Europe’s leading institute in automotive engineering and directed by Professor Lutz Eckstein. Starting from the idea to innovative concepts for components and systems up to vehicle prototypes the staff of the institute creates and designs the future vehicle. In cooperation with car manufacturers and suppliers the ika is making an acknowledged contribution to help solve current and future global challenges.
The divisions Chassis, Body, Drivetrain, Electrics/Electronics and Driver Assistance represent the classic automotive domains and cooperate closely with the cross-divisional departments of Strategy and Consulting, Vehicle Concepts, Acoustics, Thermal Management as well as Driver Experience and Performance in an interdisciplinary manner. This wide range of expertise enables analysing and optimising the vehicle as a whole, while paying attention to the complex interactions between the individual subsystems. The divisions are linked by focusing on the various features of the vehicle; safety, energy efficiency and driving experience.
In this process ika is involved in the development of the idea, up until the completion of a finished prototype, focusing on the demands of sciences and industry. The institute’s extensive infrastructure is the basis for intensive research for large parts of the automotive industry, as well as for publically funded research by the EU as well as on a federal and national level. In addition to the drive, battery, chassis and tire test benches it also comprises acoustic, thermal dynamic and servo hydraulic research facilities. Furthermore it is enriched by a full vehicle crash test facility, a driving simulator, by test tracks as well as latest measurement technology and up-to-date simulation environments.
ika employs more than 135 members of staff and about 200 student assistants. In addition to that more than 200 student research projects, bachelor, master and diploma theses are part of our research and development projects.
"The Sustainable Transport Unit, based on a strong experience in supporting the development and implementation of European Commission’s policies in the field of vehicle emission legislation as well in the assessment of laboratory and real-world emissions of CO2 and air pollutant, will perform the role of independent supervision to assess to what extent the objectives, in terms of powertrain energy efficiency, performance and costs, set for hybrid powertrains for commercial vehicles (buses, medium and heavy duty trucks) are achieved.”
'Eleni Avaritsioti - JRC'
The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is the European Commission’s in-house science service which employs scientists to carry out research in order to provide independent scientific advice and support to EU policy.
As the Commission’s in-house science service, the Joint Research Centre’s mission is to provide EU policies with independent, evidence-based scientific and technical support throughout the whole policy cycle. Working in close cooperation with policy Directorates-General, the JRC addresses key societal challenges while stimulating innovation through developing new methods, tools and standards, and sharing its know-how with the Member States, the scientific community and international partners. Its work has a direct impact on the lives of citizens by contributing with its research outcomes to a healthy and safe environment, secure energy supplies, sustainable mobility and consumer health and safety.
The JRC draws on over 50 years of scientific work experience and continually builds its expertise based on its seven scientific institutes, which host specialist laboratories and unique research facilities. They are located in Belgium (Brussels and Geel), Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain.
The JRC collaborates with over a thousand organisations worldwide whose scientists have access to many JRC facilities through various collaboration agreements.
The JRC is a key player in supporting successful investment in knowledge and innovation foreseen by the Horizon 2020 Work Programme, the EU’s programme for research and innovation.
The Institute for Energy and Transport (IET) is one of the seven scientific Institutes of the JRC. The IET is based both in Petten, the Netherlands and in Ispra, Italy, where the Sustainable Transport Unit is located.
The Sustainable Transport Unit focuses on vehicle use, driving patterns, fuel consumption and emissions. Increasing attention is devoted to the development of test procedures and assessment tools for hybrid/electric vehicles for which the existing legislation is not fully adequate. All activities are based on VELA Laboratories, allowing testing all types of vehicles and engines under legislative as well as realistic operation conditions. The VELA lab comprises emission climatic test cells for LDVs, a dynamic test bench for HDVs and a climatic test with a chassis dynamometer for HDVs.
The JRC is located across six different sites within the EU. Brussels is home to the headquarters and also to the Directorate-General, the Scientific Policy and Stakeholder Relations Directorate and the Resources Directorate.
“In ECOCHAMPS consortium, VIRTUAL VEHICLE focuses on modular vehicle system simulation while assessing and supporting hybrid component standardization activities. The resulting modular framework enables flexible cross-domain system considerations helping to achieve mandatory KPI’s. ECOCHAMPS project will develop a network of competences in Europe and help commercial vehicle industry to keep its position”.
'Martin Benedikt - ViF'
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
"The project will provide an opportunity to further develop scaleable rapid sintering techniques to produce fine-scale, polycrystalline energy materials"
'Mike Reece - QMUL'
Queen Mary, University of London (QMUL) is one the UK’s leading research-focused higher education institutions and is a member of the Russell Group of elite research British universities. QMUL is a research-focused university, which has made a strategic commitment to the highest quality of research and invested over £250 million in facilities over the last 5 years. Prof. Michael J. Reece, Head of Functional Ceramics Group. Expert in field assisted processing of functional materials (ferroelectrics and thermoelectrics). The Materials Research Institute (MRI) at QMUL has excellent facilities for the structural, physical and mechanical characterisation of materials. The Advanced Materials Processing Laboratory has a wide range of facilities for the synthesis and processing of functional materials, which includes: hydrothermal, screen printing and tape casting; spark plasma sintering (HPD 25/1 furnace by FCT System, Germany); milling (including, Planetary Micromill Pulverisette by Frisch); freeze and rotary evaporation drying; cutting, grinding and polishing; ovens and furnaces. The thermoelectric laboratory is equipped to measure Seebeck coefficient (ZEM-3) and thermal diffusivity (Netzsch, LFA457) up to 1,100°C.
"New holistic methods for integrated system design of complex dynamic engineering systems is seen as one of the key attributes in maximizing the achievable performance. Eindhoven University of Technology is proud to be part of the ECOCHAMPS Consortium and committed to support the ambitious goals of future road transport by focussing on developing these new methods.”
'Theo Hofman - TU Eindhoven'
Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (TU/e) focuses on fundamental/strategic technological research, which is relevant for industrial or other applications. TU/e recognizes the automotive trend of more-electric drive trains, including the benefits of electromechanical vehicle auxiliaries. The Control Systems Technology (CST) group (mechanical engineering) focuses on advanced data and model-based control methods and methods for integrated system design (co-design of plant and controller) for mechatronic and automotive application areas. More specifically, the research activities for hybrid (electric) powertrains are aimed at the following areas: development and validation of mathematical powertrain models to support optimal powertrain configuration (topology optimization); component technology selection/design and optimal control design; development of integrated system design methods for these multi-domain engineering systems.