TeKshift GmbH Awarded European Commission FP7 Grant

The European Commission has awarded funding to TeKshift GmbH for collaborative R&D work within a consortium formed by higher education institutes and businesses. This new FP7 research grant totals EUR 2.2 million to support the development of new rare-earth-material free reluctance motors technology, applied to automotive industry. The project known as ARMEVA (Advanced Reluctance Motors for Electric Vehicle Applications) has started in November 2013 and is expected to run thirty months.

 

ARMEVA represents the first long-term project for which TeKshift has received funding in the European Commission’s highly-competitive selection process. With this funding, the European Commission provides a unique opportunity for TeKshift to leverage its expertise and development processes in a world-class environment.

The other members of the consortium are:

  • PUNCH POWERTRAIN NV - Belgium
  • PRODRIVE BV - The Netherlands
  • LMS Imagine - France
  • LMS INTERNATIONAL BV - The Netherlands
  • UNIVERSITATEA TEHNICA CLUJ-NAPOCA – Romania
  • TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT EINDHOVEN – The Netherlands

 

About the Seventh Framework Programme

FP7 is the short name for the Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development. This is the EU's main instrument for funding research in Europe and it will run from 2007 to 2013. The European Commission budget for this seven years period is € 50.5 billion. FP7 supports research in selected priority areas - the aim being to make, or keep, the EU as a world leader in those sectors. FP7 is also designed to respond to Europe's employment needs and competitiveness. More information about the FP7 is available at: http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/home_en.html

 

About the ARMEVA project

To enable a large scale adoption of EVs, a new generation of electric drive systems is needed to reduce dependency on rare earth materials, while improving energy efficiency, power density, safe operation and reducing manufacturing/recycling costs. ARMEVA will develop a new rare-earth-material free generation of advanced reluctance motors.

The goal of ARMEVA is to achieve similar power density and NVH-performance (Noise, vibration, and harshness) at lower costs when compared to permanent magnet motors in real electric vehicle applications. The focus will be on Switched Reluctance Motors, Variable Reluctance Synchronous Motors and DC exited flux-switching motors which each have been the topic of previous research by the consortium, and offer promising potential. The scientific objectives of the ARMEVA project are:(i) development of multiphysics simulation models for advanced reluctance motors; (ii) comparative assessment to select optimal motor topology for future EV's; (iii) development of an integrated electric drive system based on advanced reluctance motor technology and customized power electronics.

More information about the ARMEVA is available at: http://cordis.europa.eu/projects/rcn/110867_en.html

 

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