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).
director - global engine engineering
Synopsis: The internal combustion engine has dominated the road transportation sector for the last century. This highly successful thermal machine has been heavily criticized recently. Based on the fundamental laws of thermodynamics, the undiminished increase of the total engine efficiency is limited. This moves 'what to burn' instead of 'how to burn' into the center of interest. A very promising alternative to classic fuels based on fossil sources is the use of sustainable fuels produced on the basis of renewable energy. The majority of the next-generation propulsion systems will continue to have an internal combustion engine as an integral part of an electrified system to ensure the best compromise regarding performance, operating range, cleanliness and cost. Therefore, the ongoing optimization of the internal combustion engine is essential for the future of automotive propulsion systems.
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.
project manager - transport
Synopsis: This presentation will discuss a variety of short- and medium-term pathways to decarbonize road, marine and aviation transport by combining low-carbon fuels with other efficiency-improving measures, such as engine/fuel co-optimization and hybridization. The presentation will address the key challenges and barriers facing the implementation of low-carbon fuels, including reformulated drop-in fuels compatible with existing engines and infrastructure, and alternative fuels that may require engine modifications. Finally, the technical maturity, scale-up potential and sustainability of key low-carbon fuel production pathways will be discussed, together with the potential impacts on the global transport energy system.
global application specialist: hydrogen fuel cells
Siemens Digital Industries Software
Synopsis: Hydrogen is seen as one of the main energy vectors of the future. Such technology still faces several challenges in terms of both production/storage and usage. In the automotive sector, hydrogen can be used in internal combustion engines and fuel cells. The two systems are extremely different in terms of efficiency and performance. In this presentation, the two technologies are discussed and analyzed from the numerical modeling perspective.
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.
Università di Napoli Federico II
Synopsis: Highly efficient spark-ignition engines suitable for a sustainable mobility scenario mainly exploit the concept of diluted combustion, achievable through either flame propagation, compression ignition or a combination of both. The presentation focuses on active pre-chamber ignition systems, able to sustain stable flame propagation in ultra-lean conditions (lambda>2). Experimental results and simulation analyses obtained as part of the EAGLE (Efficient Additivated Gasoline Lean Engine) H2020 project are summarized, demonstrating the feasibility of a peak efficiency close to 50%. The EAGLE engine, integrated in a plug-in hybrid powertrain, complies with Euro 6 emission limits, producing 50g CO2/km over the WLTC.
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.
Politecnico di Torino | Energy Department (DENERG)
Synopsis: Nowadays the combined use of downsizing and turbocharging is considerably improving the efficiency of spark-ignition engines, thus closing the gap with diesel engines. Nevertheless, the 37.5% reduction in CO2 emissions in the transport sector, requested by the EU for the next decade, implies the development of innovative solutions to produce an additional step forward in the fuel economy of the next generation of spark-ignition engines. In such a framework, this presentation will provide a comprehensive overview of the most promising technologies currently being investigated by car manufacturers to comply with future GHG emissions targets. Particular attention will be devoted to the analysis of knock-mitigation techniques and advanced combustion processes, which can enable the achievement of engine thermodynamic efficiency close to 50%.
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