Scientists at TU Graz push the greening of small engines:
The Research Consortium ECO-PowerDrive-2 is founded by the Austrian founding agency FFG, the federal government of Styria and the federal government of Upper within the framework of the COMET Excellence Initiative as „k-project“.
The k-Project ECO-PowerDrive-2 aims at a reduction of regulated gaseous emissions and fuel consumption for small automotive and two-wheeler-applications as well as hand-held and garden equipment. This covers research on extremely downsized compression ignition engines, hybrid-powertrain concepts, spark ignition engines and alternative fuel applications with the main focus on real world operating conditions.
The international research consortium, led by Graz University of Technology, consists of 8 company partners and 4 scientific partners. The research program spans 4 years and is split into 3 areas (A-C) with 8 specific research topics in total. Special focus is set on strategic project topics with a long term implementation perspective. The research will be mainly effected at the sites of the scientific partners; an intense participation of the company partners in the research is seen as an essential success factor.