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Innovative Climate-Control System to Extend Range of Electric Vehicles and Improve Comfort

Objective

The limited capacity of electric batteries combined with the substantial amount of energy needed to run auxiliary equipment dramatically affects range capability of electric vehicles (EVs). For instance, the climate control system in summer conditions can absorbs up to 40-60% of the available energy.
The aim of the project is to develop an energy friendly climate control system capable to reduce of at least 50% the energy used for passenger comfort all over the year (i.e. heating, cooling and dehumidifying).
Actually, in summer conditions air is dehumidified and cooled by best available technologies that use climate control systems based on a Vapor Compression Cycle (VCC), which cools air below its dew point. Alternatively, desiccants are used as an energy efficient way to dehumidify air without cooling it below its dew point, which allows to control temperature and humidity independently.
In our project we plan to exploit technologically the desiccants properties by using aqueous solutions of desiccants (e.g. LiCl, CaCl2) housed in a membrane contactor. Our idea is to develop a hybrid system in which air can be dehumidified without the need to be cooled below its dew-point. This will be done by combining a liquid desiccant cycle (which deals with the latent load) with a traditional vapour compression cycle (which faces the sensible load). In fact, in such a system the VCC would operate at higher refrigerant evaporation temperature and at lower condensation temperature.
The core of the system is an innovative highly compact and energy efficient three-fluids-combined-membrane-contactor that simultaneously works with air, desiccant solution, and refrigerant.
Specifically, the climate control system will be capable to
- reduce more than 50% the energy used for passenger comfort,
- have a lifetime longer than 10 years,
- easy industrialization and customization for EVs currently on the market,
- cost from 1,200 to 3,000 Euro.

Project Coordinator: GVS SPA, IT

Call for proposal

H2020-GV-2014-2015

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Sub call

H2020-GV-2014

Coordinator

GVS SPA
Net EU contribution
€ 1 030 000,00
Address
Via Roma 50
40069 Zola Predosa
Italy

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Region
Nord-Est Emilia-Romagna Bologna
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00

Participants (8)

TECNOLOGIE INNOVATIVE PER IL CONTROLLO AMBIENTALE E LO SVILUPPO SOSTENIBILE SOCIETA CONSORTILE A RESPONSABILITA LIMITATA
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 735 988,50
Address
Via Fiasella 3/16
16121 Genova

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Nord-Ovest Liguria Genova
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
Third-party

Legal entity other than a subcontractor which is affiliated or legally linked to a participant. The entity carries out work under the conditions laid down in the Grant Agreement, supplies goods or provides services for the action, but did not sign the Grant Agreement. A third party abides by the rules applicable to its related participant under the Grant Agreement with regard to eligibility of costs and control of expenditure.

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI GENOVA
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 396 301,50
Address
Via Balbi 5
16126 Genova

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Region
Nord-Ovest Liguria Genova
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG EV
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 771 543,75
Address
Hansastrasse 27c
80686 Munchen

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Region
Bayern Oberbayern München, Kreisfreie Stadt
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
European Membrane House
Belgium
Net EU contribution
€ 200 700,00
Address
Avenue Des Arts 8
1210 Brussels

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Region
Région de Bruxelles-Capitale/Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest Région de Bruxelles-Capitale/ Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest Arr. de Bruxelles-Capitale/Arr. Brussel-Hoofdstad
Activity type
Other
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
FRIGOMAR SRL
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 540 961,00
Address
Via Vittorio Veneto 112-114-116
16042 Rivarola

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Region
Nord-Ovest Liguria Genova
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,25
UNIVERSITAET DUISBURG-ESSEN
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 400 000,00
Address
Universitatsstrasse 2
45141 Essen

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Region
Nordrhein-Westfalen Düsseldorf Essen, Kreisfreie Stadt
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
VLAAMSE INSTELLING VOOR TECHNOLOGISCH ONDERZOEK N.V.
Belgium
Net EU contribution
€ 392 035,00
Address
Boeretang 200
2400 Mol

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Region
Vlaams Gewest Prov. Antwerpen Arr. Turnhout
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
ASOCIACION DE LA INDUSTRIA NAVARRA
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 153 750,00
Address
Carretera De Pamplona 1
31191 Cordovilla

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Noreste Comunidad Foral de Navarra Navarra
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00