OBELICS is pushing the boundaries of electromobility

date: 23.01.2018

category: Sporočila za javnost


The Laboratory for Internal Combustion Engines and Electromobility (LICeM) from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Ljubljana, has been awarded the three-year project OBELICS (Optimisation of scalaBle rEaltime modeLs and functIonal testing for e-drive ConceptS). This was secured in collaboration with eighteen excellent academic, research, and industrial partners, such as Ford, Fiat Research Centre, Renault Trucks, Siemens, Valeo, Bosch, CEA, Fraunhofer and others, and under the coordination of the AVL company within the framework of the H2020: GV-07-2017 tender. In this project, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Slovenia, teams-up with the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Ljubljana, and the National Institute of Chemistry to ensure utilisation of the synergy effects of Slovenian partners. Prof. dr. Tomaž Katrašnik is the project's technical officer, which further confirms the competence of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering in the key field of future transport.

The project OBELICS, co-financed by the EU Framework Programme Horizon 2020 with an amount in excess of 9 million euros, shall focus on new methods and simulation tools for the development of more efficient and safer electric vehicles in a shorter development time, with greater modularity of the range of vehicles.

Prof. dr. Tomaž Katrašnik explained, “The stated focus areas represent the key factors for a more widespread and faster introduction of affordable electric vehicles”. The specific goals of the OBELICS project encompass a palette of simulation and test tools that, compared to the current state of the art, shall enable the development of electric vehicles with 20% better performance and 20% reduced losses in 40% shorter time.

Within the framework of the project, the researchers of LICeM shall develop innovative electrochemical models of batteries that enable a more consistent modelling of phenomena in batteries compared to the current state of the art and that also allow for seamless scalability from detailed in-depth development applications to applications in the Hardware-in-the-Loop simulation. Electrochemical models of batteries shall be coupled with innovative models of degradation mechanisms in batteries, which the LICeM's researchers are developing together with researchers from the National Institute for Chemistry. The breakthrough nature of such coupled models shall enable a significantly improved battery analyses in a simulated real environment compared to existing simulation models and will thus contribute to achieving the ambitious project objectives.



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