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An innovative environmentally friendly thermo-electric power generation system for automotive and marine applications that is powered by exhaust waste thermal energy to reduce fuel consumption

Objective

Car CO2 emissions are to be limited to 120 g/km for all new passenger cars by 2012. If they are unable to achieve targets, then this may have a significant negative impact on manufacturers. Cars also produce emissions such as Nitrogen oxides, Hydrocarbons, Carbon monoxide and particulate matter which are subject to tight controls. For marine application, existing and forthcoming legislation is aiming at reducing the emissions of Carbon Monoxide, Hydrocarbons and particulate matter. In addition, concerns about rising fuel costs are driving the need for greater fuel efficiencies. As a result, a disruptive technology step is required that will enable the manufactures or cars and marine engines to meet the forthcoming legislative standards. One very attractive way of achieving this is to generate power from the Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) waste heat.
A prototype system created by BMW can generate up to 250W of electricity under normal driving conditions that can cut fuel consumption by up to 2%. However, the thermo-electric materials used for these applications to date have a number of clear limitations as they can be easily thermally damaged, are expensive and only achieve low efficiencies.
The POWER DRIVER project aims to overcome the limitations relating to the production of an automotive and marine power generation system by integrating cutting-edge nano-structured silicide and functionally graded telluride thermo-electric materials into a heat exchanger assembly that will enable electrical power to be generated from the exhaust system without affecting back-pressure or engine balance. By doing this, the exhaust system created will offer greatly improved environmental performance due to improved fuel efficiency and reduced emissions (CO2, nitrogen oxides, hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide and particulates) at a cost that is affordable to the end-user. It is predicted that (even if the additional weight of the unit is considered) fuel efficiency will increase by at least 5%, leading to a corresponding 5% reduction in emissions.

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2011
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EUROPEAN THERMODYNAMICS LIMITED
Address
Priory Business Park, Wiston Road 8
LE8 0RX Kibworth Harcourt
United Kingdom

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Barri Stirrup (Dr.)
EU contribution
€ 521 767

Participants (14)

FCT SYSTEME GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 154 026
Address
Gewerbepark 16
96528 Rauenstein

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Juergen Gahn (Mr.)
PERFECTO Y PEDRO SA

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Spain
Address
Poligono Industrial Romica Calle C Parcela 126
02007 Albacete

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Pepa Felipe Rubia (Mr.)
TUBI STYLE SRL
Italy
Address
Via Taruffi 16
41053 Maranello

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Marco Stella (Dr.)
HALYARD (M & I) LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 381 905,20
Address
Cobham Road 86 A Ferndown Industrial Estate
BH21 7PQ Winborne

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jane Turner (Ms.)
JAGUAR LAND ROVER LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 39 750
Address
Abbey Road Whitley
CV3 4LF Coventry

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
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Ellis Mark (Mr.)
ROLLS-ROYCE PLC
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 56 362
Address
Kings Place 90 York Way
N1 9FX London

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
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Huw Edwards (Mr.)
RICARDO UK LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 18 500
Address
Shoreham Technical Centre
BN43 5FG Shoreham-by-sea

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Marc Vigar (Mr.)
FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION
Spain
EU contribution
€ 8 890
Address
Parque Cientifico Y Tecnologico De Bizkaia Astondo Bidea Edificio 700
48160 Derio (Bizkaia)

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Research Organisations
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Agote Iñigo (Dr.)
INTRINSIQ MATERIALS LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 10 880
Address
Ively Road Y 25 Room G10
GU14 0LX Farnborough

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Richard Dixon (Mr.)
QUEEN MARY UNIVERSITY OF LONDON
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 10 264
Address
327 Mile End Road
E1 4NS London

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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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Michael Reece (Prof.)
BEN-GURION UNIVERSITY OF THE NEGEV
Israel
EU contribution
€ 27 916,80
Address
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84105 Beer Sheva

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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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Dori Schneider (Ms.)
Duerre Tubi Style Group Spa
Italy
EU contribution
€ 414 877
Address
Via Taruffi 16
41053 Maranello

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Marco Stella (Mr.)
NANOKER RESEARCH SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 358 424
Address
Poligono De Olloniego 5 Parcella 22 Nave 5
33660 Oviedo

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Administrative Contact
Eduardo Alvarez Diaz (Mr.)
THERMEX LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 346 333
Address
Merse Road Unit 4
B98 9HL Redditch

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Julian Crossley (Mr.)