"Focusing on the basic principles of fuel-air mixing, combustion, catalytic exhaust aftertreatment, control and enhanced tribology, REWARD’s holistic approach supports a comprehensive advancement of Diesel engines. This project serves as an excellent base for the implementation of new innovations to real engines and provides a platform for specific product developments."
'AVL - Herwig Ofner'
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.
"Diesel engines will keep an important market share in Europe for the next 10-20 years, and should keep a 10-15% advantage in CO2 emissions compared to Gasoline engines. REWARD is an opportunity for Renault and its partners to develop the most competitive solutions for increasing Diesel engine efficiency while continuing to reduce the pollutant emissions requested by EU legislation."
'Renault - Pascal Tribotté'
Renault has been building automobiles since 1898. Today it is a multinational, multibrand group that sold more than 2.7 million vehicles in 125 countries in 2014. It has over 117,000 employees and 36 industrial sites, where it manufactures vehicles and powertrain parts. To meet the major technological challenges of the future while continuing to pursue its profitable growth strategy, the Renault group is:
- committed to sustainable mobility for all, with innovative solutions like electric vehicles;
- implementing an offensive strategy of international expansion;
- developing its partnerships: alliance with Nissan, cooperation with AVTOVAZ in Russia, partnership with Daimler, agreement with Dongfeng in China;
- benefiting from the complementary ranges of its three brands: Renault, Dacia, and Renault Samsung Motors.
Renault is present in 125 countries, with over 12,000 points of sale. During its 115-year history, Renault has forged its identity as a company serving people through ingenious innovation. RSM markets mid-range and luxury cars as well as sport utility vehicles (SUVs) in South Korea. Dacia is sold in 44 countries in Europe, North Africa and Turkey. It has attracted 3.0 million customers since 2004 by offering a range of robust vehicles at affordable prices.
Research and Development
Innovation is central to Renault’s strategy and the main dynamic force of the Drive the Change plan. In 2014, the latest achievements of its engineers were on display in leading models like New Twingo and New Espace, both of which feature many innovations. Renault and Nissan’s engineers will now be working more closely together, significantly heightening R&D performance and thus guaranteeing the company’s competitiveness.
Four develoment priorities
In the coming years, cars will need to make an even bigger contribution to “well-being in mobility” in the broadest sense. Four major trends are going to shape the cars of the future:
- Reduced environmental impact (REWARD is part of this pillar)
- Well-being on board
- Mobility for all
VCC Volvo Cars - Tobias Stalfors
"Within the REWARD project, Volvo Cars focuses on the challenge of utilizing a 2.0 l Diesel engine (> 100kW/l, i.e. heavy downsizing) for a class D/E class vehicels to achieve 5% more fuel efficiency, at this power level, and proof compliance with post Euro 6 emission limits."
Volvo Cars - Tobias Stalfors
The first Volvo rolled off the production line in Gothenburg way back in 1927 and since then, we’ve gone from strength to strength, creating world-changing innovations along the way. We’re also a global brand with manufacturing in Sweden, Belgium and China. Volvo Car Group produces a premium range of cars that includes sedans, wagons, sportswagons, cross country cars and SUVs. Volvo Car Group (Volvo Cars) is owned by Zhejiang Geely Holding (Geely Holding) of China.
"The REWARD project is the perfect platform where car manufacturers, suppliers, research centres and universities meet together to develop future technologies for Diesel engine targeting post E6 emissions and supporting the EU challenge in reducing carbon footprint from the transportation sector. CRF is strongly committed to the success of the project and will act in the development of transversal technologies and know how dealing from one side with the emissions after-treatment system and, on the other side, with the engine efficiency focusing on the improvement of the combustion process and the reduction of the friction losses. The continuous exchange and the strong link among the project partners within the different WorkPackages represent an additional key aspect of the project to guarantee the competitiveness and the leadership of the EU industry in the Diesel technologies field. "
'CRF - Gerini Andrea Domenico'
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.
CRF participates with a leading role in the European “Green Vehicle Initiative” and “Factories of the Future”, the Public Private Partnerships conceived by the European Commission in 2009 to focus public and private research on issues of direct and significant relevance to the Europe with regard to the competitiveness of industry and employment. Within this context, CRF is actively involved in key European Technology Platforms including: ERTRAC (road transport), EPOSS (smart systems), EUMAT (materials), MANUFU-TURE (manufacturing), each of which has proved to be particularly effective at bringing together key stakeholders within an integrated approach to research and innovation. CRF is also supporting the Joint Technology Initiative ECSEL (Electronic Components and Systems for European Leadership).
The Intellectual Property developed by CRF includes a total of 2573 patents, both granted and pending, protecting 592 inventions. Over recent years the technology-driver role of CRF has enabled the industrialization and commercialization of a significant number of distinctive and highly innovative products for FCA including, in the powertrains area: the Diesel Common Rail system (UNIJET and MultiJet), the MULTIAIRÒ system with the TwinAir engine, the CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) and the DDCT (Dual Dry Clutch Transmission) technologies; and in the vehicles area: energy saving air-conditioning systems, the Blue&MeTM connectivity product, Driving Advisor and Magic Parking driver-assistance systems and the ECODriveTM eco-navigation solutions.
"In the REWARD project, IM-CNR contributes with optical and numerical analysis of the injection/combustion behavior in an optical SC CI engine and fuel sensitivity analysis of the performance and emissions of a multi-cylinder engine."
'Instituti Motori - Bianca Maria Vaglieco'
Istituto Motori (IM) was founded in 1940 with the statutory task to perform studies and research of scientific and technological kind in the field of engines, their components and the related chemical-physical phenomena. IM is the reference institute in Italy for studies and experimental researches on internal combustion engines. In this field, IM carries out both fundamental and applied research activities. Other research areas are also covered like hybrid, electrical and fuel cell powertrains, fundamental research on alternative and renewable fuels, power-generation with gas turbine.
The main fields of the research concerns the internal combustion engines are:
- Thermo-fluid dynamic phenomena of the engines carried out by means of experimental and numerical tools;
- Engine technology and system control;
- Gaseous Fuels, Alternative Fuels and Fuel-Engine Interaction;
- Vehicle-engine-environment interaction;
The available facilities include several test benches (dynamic and steady state testing) for engine and after-treatment characterization, development and optimization; special test rigs for fundamental studies (optical combustion vessel, optical engines and metal single-cylinder research engines); monodimensional and multidimensional numerical tools for modelling and simulation of the thermo-fluid-dynamic phenomena involved in engines.
In the last years, the IM has played a leading role, co-operating with industrial partners, in the technological evolution of both the internal combustion engine and the fuels. IM comprises about 90 units of staff, of which 40 are Technician and Administrative employees, and 47 Researchers and Technologists. Periodically, PhD, post-PhD and contract researchers cooperate with the permanent staff.
“The REWARD programme aligns with our aims to develop optimised, robust and cost-effective aftertreatment technologies that perform to the best standards in the real world environment. We are proud to work with our consortium partners to further the development of advanced catalyst systems for future clean diesel applications.”
'Johnson Matthey - Chris Morgan'
Johnson Matthey is a global leader in sustainable technologies — many of the group’s products enhance the quality of life of millions through their beneficial impact on the environment, human health and wellbeing. We focus on clean air, clean energy and low carbon technologies and are experts in the application and recycling of precious metals.
Johnson Matthey has operations in over 30 countries and employs around 12,000 people. Our products and services are sold across the world to a wide range of advanced technology industries. A global leader in catalytic systems for emissions control, Johnson Matthey Emission Control Technologies has 14 manufacturing sites and 9 technology centres around the world. Since making the first catalysts to control vehicle pollution in 1974, Johnson Matthey has supplied 1 in 3 of all autocatalysts ever made.
Country: United Kingdom
“For future passenger cars and light commercial vehicles, cost effectively improving the cleanliness and efficiency of Diesel engines beyond the Euro 6 limits, as is the target of the REWARD project, will provide a significant contribution to achieving Europe’s commitments to air quality standards and greenhouse gas reduction. Ricardo is very pleased to be a partner in the REWARD project, contributing innovative technologies in collaboration with other stakeholders, demonstrating novel engine exhaust temperature management plus aftertreatment systems for the candidate engines”.
'Ricardo - Simon Edwards'
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
"REal World Advanced Technologies foR Diesel Engines (REWARD) are measures to generate more efficient and cleaner mobility for passenger cars on a medium term perspective. Schaeffler as a globally acting automotive supplier continues with the project REWARD its aspiration to develop the next leading technology. Our goal is to provide cutting edge technology to our customers now and in future. The REWARD project is one of the keys."
'Schaeffler - Nazlim Bagcivan'
The Schaeffler Group is a leading global integrated automotive and industrial supplier. The company stands for the highest quality, outstanding technology and strong innovative ability. The Schaeffler Group makes a decisive contribution to “mobility for tomorrow” with high-precision components and systems in engine, transmission, and chassis applications as well as rolling and plain bearing solutions for a large number of industrial applications.
With more than 82,000 employees worldwide, Schaeffler is one of the world’s largest technology companies in family ownership and, with approximately 170 locations in 50 countries, has a worldwide network of manufacturing locations, research and development facilities, and sales companies.
With more than 2,500 patent registrations in 2014, Schaeffler is Germany’s second most innovative company according to the DPMA (German Patent and Trademark Office) and is therefore one of the leading innovators in the industrial sector.
Le Moteur Moderne SAS (LMM) is the French affiliate of the AVL group specialized in engineering services for powertrain development. Founded in 1951, then company has acquired considerable experience in the field of internal combustion engines (gasoline, diesel, 2- and 4-stoke, with alternative fuels, …) and transmissions, from the definition stage to the complete characterization.
LMM undertakes design and simulation. It uses state-of-the-art software for fluid dynamics, thermodynamics, and structure analysis.
LMM is equipped to test and develop engines and transmissions, including combustion systems, mechanical validation, etc.
LMM undertakes contract research into all aspects of vehicle emissions (chassis dyno with exhaust gas analyzers, chemical laboratory, engine test benches).
"The Advanced Injection & Combustion team is happy to continue their cooperation with their historical partners from the POWERFuL program by supporting the REWARD WP4 in order to advance diesel engine technology."
'Delphi - Christophe Garsi'
Delphi Automotive PLC (NYSE: DLPH) is a leading global technology company for automotive and commercial vehicle markets delivering solutions that help make vehicles safe, green and connected. Headquartered in Gillingham, U.K., Delphi operates technical centers, manufacturing sites and customer support services in 33 countries.
"From research to industry, placing innovation at the very core of our action."
'IFPEN - Gaetano de Paola'
IFP Energies nouvelles (IFPEN) is a public research and training player. It has an international scope, covering the fields of energy, transport and the environment. From research to industry, technological innovation is central to all its activities. As part of the public-interest mission with which it has been tasked by the public authorities, IFPEN focuses on:
- providing solutions to take up the challenges facing society in terms of energy and the climate, promoting the emergence of a sustainable energy mix;
- creating wealth and jobs by supporting French and European economic activity, and the competitiveness of related industrial sectors.
An integral part of IFPEN, its graduate engineering school prepares future generations to take up these challenges.
About IFP Group Powertrain Technologies
IFP Group Powertrain Technologies is a developer of technological innovations for the mobility of the future. The products and software solutions proposed by IFP Group Powertrain Technologies provide a response to new mobility usages and needs. To address the challenges of evolving mode of travel and urgent climate and environmental issues, IFP Group Powertrain Technologies develops core technologies designed to optimize energy consumption and cut emissions of transport.
Its research focuses on the following fields: high-efficiency IC engines, vehicle electrification, fuel optimization & emission reduction and connected vehicle. IFP Group Powertrain Technologies concentrates primarily on land transport, along with industrial applications (off-road, agricultural vehicles) and heavy-duty vehicles, but also on aviation and maritime transport. All of its research is conducted within the context of the IFP Group Powertrain Technologies Transports Energie Carnot Institute, aiming to support research partnerships with industry
The Virtual Vehicle Research Center (ViF) was founded in 2002. Since 2008 ViF has been a holding company of the Austrian COMET K2 research program K2-Mobility – Sustainable Vehicle Technologies – an international institution building the bridge between fundamental research and application-oriented vehicle development. This program offers an attractive cooperation and research platform in the vehicle industry. There are more than 200 employees at ViF, almost 90 % of them involved in research projects dealing with automotive and rail applications.
"Chalmers University of Technology is part of the REWARD project for conducting research relating to catalysis for cleaning emissions from fuels. The focus is catalytic systems for engines that uses air excess during combustion."
'Chalmers University of Technology - Louise Olsson'
Chalmers University of Technology conducts research and offers education in technology, science, shipping and architecture with a sustainable future as its global vision. Chalmers is well-known for providing an effective environment for innovation and has eight priority areas of international significance – Built Environment, Energy, Information and Communication Technology, Life Science Engineering, Materials Science, Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Production, and Transport. Graphene Flagship, an FET Flagship initiative by the European Commission, is coordinated by Chalmers. Situated in Gothenburg, Sweden, Chalmers has 10,300 full-time students and 3,100 employees.
"With our knowledge, experience and enthusiasm we would like to achieve the challenging targets of the REWARD project."
'Czech Technical University - Pavel Brynych'
The Czech Technical University in Prague established in 1707 provides high-quality university education through an extensive portfolio of primarily engineering branches of study, conduct basic and applied research and numerous scientific projects with great emphasis on industrial use and applications. CTU through its research centers cooperates closely with domestic and foreign-based institutions and research and commercial companies. One of the research center established at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering is called Centre of Vehicles for Sustainable Mobility. Its experimental and simulation activities are aimed at development of new solutions and optimizations of the concepts of engines for both vehicles and power engineering and of vehicle powertrains incl. electric and hybrid ones and the integrated control with regard to efficiency, environment friendliness and utility value in the light of mobility.
Country: Czech Republic
"During the last 10 years the research institute CMT - Motores Térmicos from UPVLC has collaborated in 8 EC funded projects, more than 50 projects with National public funding, more than 200 private contracts on internal combustion engines with more than 20 European companies and presented successfully more than 35 PhD theses. In particular, CMT - Motores Térmicos has participated in the previous POWERFUL Project, which is directly related to REWARD Project in terms of the technologies under development and the R&D targets. Thus, CMT – Motores Térmicos is in a very suitable condition to provide its knowledge and resources in collaboration with the REWARD Project consortium."
'Universitat Politècnica de València - Ricardo Novella'
Since 1968, Universitat Politècnica de València (UPVLC) is a public and innovative institution in Spain dedicated to researching and teaching activities, whit more than 2800 academic & research staff and 36000 students at this moment. The UPVLC maintains strong bonds with its social environment and a strong presence abroad. CMT – Motores Térmicos group is a very dynamic and internationally well-known Research Institute of the UPVLC with around 100 persons (including more than 60 professors and researchers, and around 30 laboratory technicians), and more than 30 years of experience. Its main research activities focuses on the theoretical-experimental study of all the thermo-fluid dynamic processes in reciprocating internal combustion engines, with the aim of responding to specific demands of the automotive industry. Website: www.upv.es Country: Spain
"The REWARD project will be a success for Uniresearch, if the partners are able to concentrate on their challenging project tasks, knowing that the project management is in capable hands."
'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.