Electric or synthetic?

Electric or synthetic? The real question is not about how our car runs or what type of propulsion system and energy source we use, but rather whether our mobility is necessary and if we choose the most sustainable form for it. Do you know what proportion of new cars are company cars? And how do their consumption and emissions compare to the others? These are the questions we addressed at the Corporate Car and Fleet Conference. The background conversation can be found at this link.

Márton Virt visits Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Our colleague, Marton Virt, has completed a one-month visit to the Catalysis Research and Technology Institute (IKFT) at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) to discuss new possibilities for research collaboration in the field of advanced fuels. During the successful visit, two long-term collaboration opportunities were identified, based on IKFT’s advanced fuel synthesis technologies and our department’s decades of experience in engine testbed research. In our new researches, we will conduct engine tests with the special compounds produced by IKFT, and we also start to develop an AI-based predictive tool to provide useful guidance in designing these compounds. As one of the initial steps in the active collaboration, the institute conducted analyses of several fuel samples that we use in our current research.

In addition to exploring collaboration opportunities, experience sharing took place, during which the institute demonstrated its innovative oxymethylene ether production technologies, as well as the KIT Bioliq® plant, where a unique amount of synthetic gasoline can be produced among European universities. They also introduced the KIT engine testbed infrastructure, which can provide useful guidance for our own infrastructure developments.

The Innovative Vehicle Technologies Center was handed over

The Innovative Vehicle Technologies Competence Center, which is part of the Bosch innovation ecosystem, was handed over to the Faculty of Transportation Engineering and Vehicle Engineering of the Budapest University of Technology and Economics. The tools and simulation systems of the new center are unique in Hungarian technical higher education. With the help of this new equiments, students can acquire up-to-date practical knowledge in addition to theory, in line with domestic and international industry trends and needs. The development carried out on the campus of the University – in connection with the BME KJK courses – in addition to the 60-80 university students per year, it also provides a modern space for the faculty’s instructors to support their professional work.

More details: https://kozlekedes.bme.hu/2023/03/30/atadtak-az-innovativ-jarmutechnologiak-kozpontot/

Dr. Máté Zöldy presented about the merge of mobility and artificial intelligence

The 1st Tunisian-Hungarian Research Day was organized by the Hungarian Embassy in Tunis, with four focus areas. Cognitive tools and approaches are reshaping one of the pillars of our society: the mobility. These tools increase efficiency and, if used consciously, can help make mobility more sustainable. In addition to presenting general trends, projects of leading Hungarian research laboratories (National Laboratory for Autonomous Vehicles, National Laboratory for Artificial Intelligence, SZTAKI, BME MIT, BME GJT) were also presented. We hope that more collaborations can be initiated through Research Day.

EIT Hackathon – Green Ideation

The European Institute of Innovation and Technology organizes a workshop focusing on the raw materials sector (EIT RawMaterials), food industry and agriculture (EIT Food), and climate change (EIT Climate-KIC). The Hackathon is realized in cooperation with the Climate Innovation Community and the Moholy-Nagy University of Arts. With the help of Design Thinking trainers, students have the opportunity to get to know the user-centered approach to innovation, learn to use their design toolkit in such a way as to combine user needs, new technological possibilities and the conditions for business success in a single solution. During the workshop, they can improve their problem-solving and teamwork skills, while meeting and working with young people with similar interests, not only supporting the fight against climate change with their ideas, but also preparing for EIT’s business development programs, strengthening the entrepreneurial spirit.

Language of the program: Hungarian

Participation is free, but registration is required

The event is also available on social media.

For more information, please check the event brochure.

Audi and Bosch are good examples of automotive research and development in Hungary

Several series of articles examine the effects of the growing presence of battery production in Hungary related to the spread of electromobility. Máté Zöldy, head of the Innovative Vehicle Technologies research group, among several experts who spoke about real similarities and differences with the automotive industry, highlighted that several of the Hungarian subsidiaries of German companies carry out significant research and development in our country on an international scale.

Successful home defense of Ádám Nyerges

In the case of commercial vehicles, there are still many technologies competing to reduce the environmental impact of mobility. Ádám Nyerges, a researcher and instructor at the Innovative Vehicle Technologies Competence Center, presented his results related to the internal combustion engine in a successful workplace debate. Congratulations, Ádám, and good luck with the public defense!

Nomination for the office of the year competition

The measurement preparation and evaluation space of the Innovative Vehicle Technologies Competence Center was nominated in the “Commercial space” category in the office of the year competition, together with the Bosch Innovation Center. The application highlights the original, valuable and pleasant environment that was created, and that it strives for the unity of practical aspects, innovation and sustainability.

KJK experts, Máté Zöldy and Márton Virt made a statement on Totalcar about the fuels of the future

Is there life beyond electricity? The intensive electrification of transport is a solution for some areas of mobility, but the current technology will not be able to fully replace petroleum-based energy sources – The collegues of the Innovative Vehicle Technologies research group discussed about the developement of new generation fuels on Totalcar.

IVT at the Future Transport event!

It was an honour for the Innovative Vehicle Technologies Research Group to be invited to the Future Transport event, which took place in the framework of the Neumann Year at the Neumann University. The leader of the research group, Dr. Máté Zöldy, took part in a round table discussion with Dr. Barna Hanula and Virág Mészáros, among others, in front of an audience of more than 200 people. The future of transport will be electric, but not exclusively electric, concluded the panelists.