European Commission

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The named scientific works are funded by the following establishment:

European Commission (HORIZON 2020)


Selected scientific works:
  • LONGRUN - "Development of efficient and environmentally friendly LONG distance poweRtrain for heavy dUty trucks aNd coaches"
  • Cevolver - "Connected Electric Vehicle Optimised for Life, Value, Efficiency and Range"
  • REDIFUEL - "Robust and Efficient processes and technologies for Drop In renewable FUELs for road transport"
  • ALIGN-CCUS - "Research plant for producing soot-free diesel replacements"
  • EAGLE - "Efficient Additivated Gasoline Lean Engine"

Completed projects:

  • PaREGEn - "Particle Reduced, Efficient Gasoline Engines"
  • IMPERIUM - "IMplementation of Powertrain Control for Economic and Clean Real driving emIssion and fuel ConsUMption"
  • POWERFUL - "POWERtrain for FUture Light-duty vehicles" (abgeschlossen 2014)
  • BEAUTY – "Bio-Ethanol engine for Advanced Urban Transport by Light Commercial Vehicle & Heavy DutY" (abgeschlossen 2010)


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Development of efficient and environmentally friendly LONG distance poweRtrain for heavy dUty trucks aNd coaches

Funding European Commission, Horizon 2020, Grant Agreement No. 876972

H2020 LC-GV04-2019


In the heavy-duty long haulage transport sector, the reduction of real driving emissions, fuel consumption and its related CO2 emissions are the main societal challenge. The LONGRUN project will contribute to lower the impacts by developing different engines, drivelines and demonstrator vehicles with over 10% energy savings (Tank to Wheel) and related CO2 reduction, 30% lower exhaust emission and 50% peak thermal efficiency. A second major achievement will be the multiscale simulation framework to support the design and development of efficient powertrains, including hybrids for both long haulage trucks and coaches. All developments, innovations and implementations will be assessed by 22 use cases reflecting all major topics for improvements to contribute to the overall project objectives.

The LONGRUN consortium represents a unique mix of industry-leading expertise and knowledge. The consortium consists of 30 partners from 13 countries and includes world key players in the heavy-duty powertrain and vehicle manufacturing sectors. These constitute the industrial core of the LONGRUN project. Profound experience in all aspects of the research is provided by major European research centers and universities. The consortium has access to and owns experimental and simulation facilities for testing and validation.

The LONGRUN OEMs will develop eight demonstrators in total (three engines, one hybrid driveline, two long-distance coaches and three long haulage trucks); within them technical sub-systems and components will be demonstrated, including electro-hybrid drives, optimised ICEs and after-treatment systems for alternative and renewable fuels, electric motors, smart auxiliaries, on-board energy recuperation and storage devices as well as power electronics. They will include concepts for connected and digitalised fleet management, predictive maintenance and operation in relation to electrification where appropriate, in order to maximise the emissions reduction potential. Altogether, these project outcomes will accelerate the transition from fossil-based fuels to alternative and renewable fuels and to a strong reduction of fossil-based CO2 and air pollutant emissions in Europe.
Period 01/2020 - 06/2023

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Connected Electric Vehicle Optimised for Life, Value, Efficiency and Range

Acronym Cevolver
Funding European Commission
Projectnumber 824295

The current generation of electric vehicles is still generally too expensive and limited in range. For this reason, the CEVOLVER project takes a user-centric approach to create battery-electric vehicles that are usable for comfortable long day trips while the installed battery is dimensioned for affordability. Furthermore, the vehicles will be designed to take advantage of future improvements in the fast-charging infrastructure that many countries are now planning.

CEVOLVER tackles the challenge by improving the vehicle itself to reduce energy consumption. Moreover, the usage of connectivity is maximized for further optimizations of both component and system design as well as control and operating strategies. Within the project, it will be demonstrated that long-trips are achievable even without any further increases in battery size, thus avoiding higher cost. The efficient transferability of the results to further vehicles is ensured by adopting a methodology that proves the benefit with an early assessment approach before an implementation in OEM demonstrator vehicles.

Period 11/2018-04/2022

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Robust and Efficient processes and technologies for Drop In renewable FUELs for road transport

Funding European Commission
Projectnumber 817612

The overall objective of REDIFUEL is to enable the utilization of various biomass feedstocks for an ultimate renewable EN590 diesel biofuel (drop-in capable at any ratio) in a sustainable manner. REDIFUEL’s ambition is to develop new technologies, solutions and processes that need to be integrated in order to reach high conversion efficiencies for renewable fuel productions.

Furthermore, REDIFUEL hereby proofs its techno-economic potential to reach a highly competitive production cost level of € 0.90 - 1.00 per liter (depending on biomass source) at moderate production plant sizes.Exemplarily, this makes it possible to gain scaling effects of 10-25 kt/a from a high number of installations and with further price potential in the future. The proposed drop-in biofuel contains high-cetane C11 + bio-hydrocarbons and C6-C11 bio-alcohols, which perform exceptionally with respect to combustion and soot-inhibition properties.

The environmental and the society aspects are taken into account by a comprehensive Biomass-to-Wheel performance, which considers the developed technologies and processes. In total, twelve companies, research institutes, and universities from six countries are working on the joint project REDIFUEL.

Period 10/2018-09/2021


Research plant for producing soot-free diesel replacements

Funding European Commission, ERA-Net Cofund ACT
Projectnumber 691712 / 271501

Thirty-one companies, research institutes and universities from five countries are working on the joint project ALIGN-CCUS to separate, use and store carbon dioxide. Europe has a unique CO2 research infrastructure, RWE Power’s Coal Innovation Centre in Niederaussem will play a vital role in this, exploring techniques for producing fuels and high-quality basic substances for the chemical industry from carbon dioxide.

RWE Power is contributing its CO2 pilot scrubbing unit as a test platform. It will serve as a source of carbon dioxide for the demonstration plant. The demonstration facility is scheduled to be commissioned in two years and following a test phase will produce low-emissions diesel replacement fuel for use in diesel engines.

The concept behind the ALIGN-CCUS project is important and more topical than ever, focussing on using carbon dioxide, water and electricity to obtain a diesel replacement fuel with minimised soot combustion and low nitrous oxide production.

The hydrogen obtained reacts with the CO2 provided in a synthesiser to create dimethyl ether (DME). The intention is for renewable sources to increasingly supply the required electricity, which will be stored chemically as fuel by this method.

The engines themselves would not have to be converted and catalyst systems and additives would be reduced. DME has to be pressurised in order to be stored therefore the injector systems and tanks would have to be modified.

Period 2017-2020

Title Efficient Additivated Gasoline Lean Engine



European Commission




The EAGLE project (Efficient Additivated Gasoline Lean Engine) aims at improving the energy efficiency of European road transport vehicles by developing a highly efficient gasoline engine adapted for future electrified powertrains.

By combining new advanced technologies, the EAGLE project will support the European automobile industry to reach the forthcoming CO2 emissions target of 50 g CO2/km while complying with standards in terms of particulates and NOx emissions.

The engine efficiency will be significantly increased by the use of advanced insulating coating materials and ultra-lean mixtures. However, since the flame propagation is unstable in lean mixtures, the combustion process will be supported by a high cylinder charge motion, an advanced in-volume ignition system, and the use of hydrogen.


2016 - 2020