Valeo Research Program for Vehicle CO2 Reduction to Receive €61M in Funding from French Industrial Innovation Agency
|Valeo’s camless Smart Valve Actuation technology. Click to enlarge.|
The French Industrial Innovation Agency (Agence de l’Innovation Industrielle, AII) will provide €61 million (US$80 million) in funding to Valeo for its research program LOwCO2MOTION, which aims to improve vehicle engine efficiency and contribute to reducing CO2 emissions.
The program is focusing on the development of two primary technologies: camless systems and a next-generation mild hybrid with ultracapacitors for energy storage. The two systems together could provide up to a 30% reduction in fuel consumption, according to Valeo.
In the camless system, the camshaft in engines is replaced by electromagnetic actuators that operate each valve independently. By controlling residual gases, minimizing pumping losses and deactivating cylinders and valves, this technology reduces fuel consumption and pollutant emissions by 20% for gasoline engines, according to Valeo. It also provides enhanced performance and driving comfort due to an increase in low-end engine torque. (Earlier post.) A version for diesel engines will also be developed.
The next-generation mild hybrid work is based on Valeo’s StARS+X technology. In addition to the Start-Stop function which cuts off the engine when the vehicle is at a standstill (StARS, earlier post), this system features a regenerative braking function, where energy generated during braking is recovered.
The program includes the development of a new high-efficiency, high-power alternator technology as well as ultracapacitors, enabling a 10 to 15% reduction in fuel consumption. These innovations will be enabled by new mechatronic technologies which are also part of the program.
The LOwCO2MOTION program represents a total investment of €212 million (US$278 million) over a four-year period. The AII funding is subject to the approval of the European Commission.