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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

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 286503

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 February 2012

  • End date

    31 January 2014

Funded under:

FP7-SME

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 046 617,80

  • EU contribution

    € 2 349 895

Coordinated by:

EUROPEAN THERMODYNAMICS LIMITED

United Kingdom

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.
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Coordinator

EUROPEAN THERMODYNAMICS LIMITED

Address

Priory Business Park, Wiston Road 8
Le8 0rx Kibworth Harcourt

United Kingdom

Activity type

Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

EU Contribution

€ 521 767

Administrative Contact

Barri Stirrup (Dr.)

Participants (14)

FCT SYSTEME GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 154 026

PERFECTO Y PEDRO SA

Spain

TUBI STYLE SRL

Italy

HALYARD (M & I) LTD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 381 905,20

JAGUAR LAND ROVER LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 39 750

ROLLS-ROYCE PLC

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 56 362

RICARDO CONSULTING ENGINEERS LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 18 500

FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 8 890

INTRINSIQ MATERIALS LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 10 880

QUEEN MARY UNIVERSITY OF LONDON

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 10 264

BEN-GURION UNIVERSITY OF THE NEGEV

Israel

EU Contribution

€ 27 916,80

Duerre Tubi Style Group Spa

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 414 877

NANOKER RESEARCH SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 358 424

THERMEX LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 346 333

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 286503

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 February 2012

  • End date

    31 January 2014

Funded under:

FP7-SME

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 046 617,80

  • EU contribution

    € 2 349 895

Coordinated by:

EUROPEAN THERMODYNAMICS LIMITED

United Kingdom