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Innovative Climate-Control System to Extend Range of Electric Vehicles and Improve Comfort

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Innovative Climate-Control System to Extend Range of Electric Vehicles and Improve Comfort

Call for proposal: 
H2020-GV-2014
Link to CORDIS:
Objectives: 

The limited capacity of electric batteries combined with the substantial amount of energy needed to run auxiliary equipment dramatically affects range capability of electric vehicles (EVs). For instance, the climate control system in summer conditions can absorb up to 40-60% of the available energy.

 

The aim of the project is to develop an energy friendly climate control system capable to reduce of at least 50% the energy used for passenger comfort all over the year (i.e., heating, cooling and dehumidifying).

 

Actually, in summer conditions air is dehumidified and cooled by best available technologies that use climate control systems based on a Vapor Compression Cycle (VCC), which cools air below its dew point. Alternatively, desiccants are used as an energy efficient way to dehumidify air without cooling it below its dew point, which allows to control temperature and humidity independently.

 

In our project we plan to exploit technologically the desiccants properties by using aqueous solutions of desiccants (e.g., LiCl, CaCl2) housed in a membrane contactor. Our idea is to develop a hybrid system in which air can be dehumidified without the need to be cooled below its dew-point. This will be done by combining a liquid desiccant cycle (which deals with the latent load) with a traditional vapour compression cycle (which faces the sensible load). In fact, in such a system the VCC would operate at higher refrigerant evaporation temperature and at lower condensation temperature.

 

The core of the system is an innovative highly compact and energy efficient three-fluids-combined-membrane-contactor that simultaneously works with air, desiccant solution, and refrigerant.

 

Specifically, the climate control system will be capable to:

  • reduce more than 50% the energy used for passenger comfort,
  • have a lifetime longer than 10 years,
  • easy industrialization and customization for EVs currently on the market,
  • cost from 1,200 to 3,000 Euro.

Project Coordinator: GVS SPA, IT

Institution Type:
Institution Name: 
European Commission
Type of funding:
Lead Organisation: 

Gvs S.p.a.

Address: 
Via Roma 50
40069 ZOLA PREDOSA (BO)
Italy
EU Contribution: 
€1,030,000
Partner Organisations: 

Tecnologie Innovative Per Il Controllo Ambientale E Lo Sviluppo Sostenibile Societa Consortile A Responsabilita Limitata

Address: 
VIA FIASELLA 3/16
16121 GENOVA
Italy
EU Contribution: 
€1,132,290

Vlaams Instituut Voor De Zee Vzw

Address: 
WANDELAARKAAI 7
8400 OOSTENDE
Belgium
EU Contribution: 
€392,035

Asociacion De La Industria Navarra

Address: 
CARRETERA DE PAMPLONA 1
31191 CORDOVILLA
Spain
EU Contribution: 
€153,750

Fraunhofer Gesellschaft Zur Foerderung Der Angewandten Forschung E.v.

Address: 
Carl-Zeiss-Str. 18-20
55129 Mainz
Germany
EU Contribution: 
€771,544

Universitaet Duisburg-Essen

Address: 
Universitaetsstrasse 2
45141 Essen
Germany
EU Contribution: 
€400,000

European Membrane House

Address: 
Avenue des Arts 8
1210 Brussels
Belgium
EU Contribution: 
€200,700

Frigomar Srl

Address: 
VIA VITTORIO VENETO 112-114-116
16042 RIVAROLA
Italy
EU Contribution: 
€540,961
Technologies: 
Development phase: