The Sustainable Internal Combustion Engine Symposium discusses and debates the future of gasoline, diesel and alternative-fuel IC engines. This conference is about how the traditional automotive powertrain has a long future ahead of it when it is developed and advanced beyond its current brief and design constraints.
Expert speakers - each sourced by the publishers of Engine + Powertrain Technology International magazine - will present future concepts and technologies for the IC engine. Expect to meet senior engineers and futurists from the world’s car manufacturers as well as Tier 1 companies and international research institutes. You’ll also hear about the IC possibilities from pioneering startups and market analysts. Furthermore, we’ve invited legislators and emission-standard key decision makers to join the debate in our all-attendees-welcome panel discussions.
Held alongside is Automotive Testing Expo Europe, with over 480+ exhibitors showcasing the very latest engine and powertrain durability, performance, and emissions testing technologies and services. Furthermore, the conference takes place above Global Automotive Components and Suppliers Expo. Discover new manufacturing partners and suppliers! Your conference delegate pass gains you free entry to Automotive Testing Expo Europe and Global Automotive Components and Suppliers Expo as well as to all the co-located events (see base of page for details of the other neighboring automotive events).
senior lecturer, division of combustion engines
Synopsis: As we are facing CO2 regulations in the heavy truck industry, among other stringent legislation, future fuels and combustion processes are all under investigation. This work investigates the possibilities with natural gas as the main fuel, and eventually biogas (among other fuels). How do we burn it most efficiently? To answer this question we need advanced engine diagnostics and full engine testing as well as simulation tools.
Southwest Research Institute
Synopsis: This presentation discusses some of the challenges of battery electric vehicles today and why they should not be called ‘zero emissions’. The talk also discusses how scaling batteries for larger applications such as trucks, ships and planes has many challenges. There will also be discussion of the flaws in industry measurements of CO2, and why lifecycle analysis is critical. Finally, the presentation will examine the role that electrification can have in unlocking further potential in the ICE. The summary is that the ICE will be around for a long time – it will adapt, evolve and survive.
Horiba MIRA Ltd
Synopsis: To ensure complete RDE compliance, a frontloading approach to vehicle and powertrain development will be adopted by OEMs. Therefore, a road-to-rig (R2R) program called RDE+ has been developed by Horiba to allow OEMs to explore all permutations of the RDE moderate and extended boundary conditions. Utilizing road, chassis dyno, EiL and virtual tools, OEMs can deploy real-world scenarios with full environmental emulation in the conceptual stage of a vehicle and powertrain program. This reduces the number prototype vehicles and climatic tests required to ensure complete RDE compliance, as well as mitigating increased costs and timescales.
Synopsis: Electrification offers some strong advantages for many transport applications in reducing CO2 and localized polluting emissions, but falls a long way short of fulfilling all of society's requirements for social and business mobility. This presentation takes an independent, pragmatic approach to what is really required to achieve the targets laid out in the 2015 Paris Agreement, and looks at what can be achieved with technology as we know it to reduce greenhouse gas concentrations in the Earth's atmosphere and improve local air quality issues.
Real Driving Emissions operations leader
Mahle Powertrain Ltd
Synopsis: The presentation will provide an overview of the key challenges that EU7 will present for OEMs. It will also outline the latest development techniques to enable robust emissions (gaseous and particulate) optimization used at Mahle Powertrain.
Wissam Bou Nader
research and development engineer - advanced research and innovation projects
Synopsis: Waste heat recovery (WHR) systems constitute a promising solution for reducing vehicle fuel consumption in order to meet the CO2 regulation targets by 2025. Overall efficiency optimization of a combined cycle machine consisting of a reciprocating internal combustion engine (ICE) and a bottoming WHR system for a range-extended electric vehicle (REEV) is studied. To clearly present our studies, this presentation is divided into two parts. In Part A, a methodology is proposed to improve the overall operational efficiency for such a combined-cycle machine. In Part B, the application's different systems are integrated in REEV.
IAAPS - Institute for Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems & University of Bath
Synopsis: Even the most optimistic projection for BEV and PHEV uptake has 57% market penetration by 2040, based on annual sales. Of that, ~15% will be PHEV fitted with an internal combustion engine, meaning that the majority of vehicles sold in 2040 will still feature an internal combustion engine. Therefore it is essential that we continue to consider all opportunities to minimize IC engine emissions and pathways to reducing the CO2 footprint of future vehicles. This presentation will give an overview of potential pathways to net-zero CO2 and near-zero emissions at the tailpipe, including novel engine topologies, advanced combustion concepts, future fuels and complete powertrain energy management. Synergies between electrification and IC engine optimization will be highlighted as potential pathways to significantly increase IC engine efficiency.
group vice president - diesel powertrains business unit
Synopsis: Improved environmentally friendly – especially low-GHG-emitting – powertrain systems are required for future personal mobility and transportation. Since the release of the new European CO2 targets – which set ambitious reduction requirements – multifaceted developments have been initiated to meet them. In addition, the short-term achievement of extremely challenging real-world pollutant emission standards requires that these emissions be reduced close to a near-zero level. Further optimization of the classical ICE fuel specifications and properties – as well as an increased level of tailored powertrain electrification – provides good potential to simultaneously achieve these parallel targets. In this presentation, the corresponding technical roadmaps for light-duty diesel engines toward future market demands with near-zero pollutant emission behavior and superior GHG emission performance are analyzed and presented for sustainable use in the future.
Andrew Atkins - global technical lead and senior technologist, Ricardo Innovations, UK
Professor Sam Akehurst - professor at IAAPS - Institute for Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems & University of Bath, UK
Dipl.-Ing. Thomas Körfer - group vice president business unit diesel powertrains, FEV Group GmbH, Aachen, Germany
Marko Certic - lead engineer combustion assessment PTE / DGD development gasoline eng. & concept cars, AVL LIST GmbH, Austria