Less pollution from heavy duty vehicles with the HDGAS project
The improvement of the quality of air and the reduction of greenhouse gases also passes through the technological innovation of road transport. With this purpose, the European Commission has funded with almost 20 million euro, under Horizon 2020, the European project HDGAS - Heavy Duty Gas Engines integrated into Vehicles, with the Polytechnic University of Milan as one of the partners.
The objective of the HDGAS project is to develop, demonstrate and optimize new key technologies for natural gas powered heavy duty vehicles to achieve the Euro VI emission standards. The testing phase includes the installation of three different engines – Volvo, Iveco, MAN – on three demonstration vehicles, along with the development of innovative natural gas fuel systems and exhaust gas aftertreatment systems.
The new vehicles will meet at minimum 10% CO2 emission reduction compared to state of the art technology, ensure a range before fueling of at least 800 km on natural gas, and be competitive with the conventional best-in-class vehicles in terms of performance, life-span, engine life and safety.
The researchers of the Department of Energy of the Polytechnic University of Milan will have the task of developing new exhaust gas aftertreatment catalytic systems for natural gas powered engines, which are crucial for achieving European emission targets. Moreover, the Italian researchers have carried out simulations of design and development activities for new combustion chambers for gas powered engines in order to make them more efficient and “greener”.
The HDGAS project, started in 2015, includes collaboration of the following 19 European partners: AVL, BorgWarner, BOSCH, Daimler, Dinex EcoCAT, FPT, Idiada, IVECO, MAN, Ricardo, SAG, TNO, TUGraz, University of Eastern Finland, UASE, Uniresearch, VOLVO, ViF, Westport, along with Polytechnic University of Milan.