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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.'

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/mechanical engineering/vehicle engineering/automotive engineering
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/fossil energy/natural gas
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/fuel cell
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/organic chemistry/hydrocarbons

Call for proposal

FP6-2002-TRANSPORT-1
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Funding Scheme

IP - Integrated Project

Coordinator

BMW FORSCHUNG UND TECHNIK GMBH
Address
Hanauer Strasse 46
n/a Muenchen
Germany

Participants (11)

FORD FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM AACHEN GMBH
Germany
Address
Suesterfeldstrasse 200
Aachen
VOLVO TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION AB
Sweden
Address
Dept 6000 M 1.7
Goeteborg
MAN NUTZFAHRZEUGE AG
Germany
Address
Dachauerstrasse 667
Muenchen
HOERBIGER VALVE TEC GMBH
Austria
Address
Prinz Eugen Strasse, 70
Vienna
INSTITUT FRANCAIS DU PETROLE
France
Address
Avenue De Bois-preau 1Et 4
Rueil Malmaison
TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF GRAZ
Austria
Address
Kopernikusgasse, 24
Graz
UNIVERSITAET DER BUNDESWEHR MUENCHEN
Germany
Address
Werner-heisenberg-weg 39
Neubiberg
MECEL AB
Sweden
Address
Foerraedgatan, 5
BOX 73 Amal
IRION MANAGEMENT CONSULTING GMBH
Germany
Address
Taegermoosstasse, 10
Konstanz
ANSYS GERMANY GMBH
Germany
Address
Staudenfeldweg 12
Otterfing
MECEL ENGINE SYSTEMS AB
Sweden
Address
Foerradsgatan 5
Amal