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Optimisation of hydrogen powered internal combustion engines (HYICE)

Objective

Hydrogen releases energy through a chemical reaction with oxygen. This can be used for powering vehicles either in a fuel cell delivering electricity output or in an internal combustion engine similar as in present vehicles. Internal combustion engines fed with hydrogen are considered preferable for universal use. In this range, hydrogen internal combustion engines are considered not just an intermediate but also a long- term solution with significant market share also for small and medium size cars. Hydrogen powered internal combustion engines also would be available earlier at reasonable prices, significantly lower than full size fuel cell power trains. Therefore, a relatively early market introduction of hydrogen in the automotive sector could be supported by a massive build-up of vehicles with hydrogen powered internal combustion engines. The hydrogen internal combustion engine also takes profit of the mature technology and all investment linked to the petrol combustion engine and would allow a direct link-up of natural gas and hydrogen, as the same engine could run on both fuels. The present Integrated Project examines possibilities of an efficiency enhancement of a hydrogen internal combustion engine. As a result of the project, down sized engines with a similar performance than today's fossil fuel powered vehicles would be feasible. HylCE is a European initiative on automotive power train development, driven by major car manufacturers covering the crucial elements of conventional power train technologies (fuel injection, ignition and control). The European Automotive Industry's pre-competitive research organization EUCAR considers this project to be complementary to other projects in the fuel and power train cluster. In addition, there are important spin-offs possible for stationary power generation.'
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Coordinator

BMW FORSCHUNG UND TECHNIK GMBH

Address

Hanauer Strasse 46
N/A Muenchen

Germany

Administrative Contact

Hans Fickel

Participants (11)

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FORD FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM AACHEN GMBH

Germany

VOLVO TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION AB

Sweden

MAN NUTZFAHRZEUGE AG

Germany

HOERBIGER VALVE TEC GMBH

Austria

INSTITUT FRANCAIS DU PETROLE

France

TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF GRAZ

Austria

UNIVERSITAET DER BUNDESWEHR MUENCHEN

Germany

MECEL AB

Sweden

IRION MANAGEMENT CONSULTING GMBH

Germany

ANSYS GERMANY GMBH

Germany

MECEL ENGINE SYSTEMS AB

Sweden

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 506604

  • Start date

    5 January 2004

  • End date

    4 April 2007

Funded under:

FP6-SUSTDEV

  • Overall budget:

    € 8 100 238,71

  • EU contribution

    € 5 008 316

Coordinated by:

BMW FORSCHUNG UND TECHNIK GMBH

Germany

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