Magneto-Caloric Refrigeration for Efficient Electric Air Conditionning

ICE is focused on the development of a new air conditioning and heat pump system based on the Magneto Caloric heat pump and a on the redesign of the cabin air conditioning.

A IVECO ALTRA Electric bus has been selected as demonstrator vehicle: it is a challenging application, is commercially available and is in use. The project major contents are Efficient electric Magneto Caloric heat pump (COP > 5 in cooling mode) using high efficiency magnetic materials, smart design and high performance heat exchangers.

Redesign of the thermal power distribution: a coolant loop distributes locally the thermal power Microclimate control system based on thermal comfort and able to control the system considering the occupants’ number.

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  • The project results will be validated installing the system on an electrical bus and testing it also with road tests.
  • The project includes also a dissemination and exploitation activity to promote the application of the ICE on passenger cars and other vehicles.
  • Framework: FP7
  • Type: STREP
  • Status: Completed
  • Ongoing Date: 30 Apr 2014
  • Vehicles: Passenger cars , Trucks , Buses
  • Technology fields: Vehicle Systems Integration,
  • Project Partners: ALTRA (Italy), Behr France (France), COOLTECH Applications (France), Institut National des Sciences appliquées de Strasbourg (France), Universidad Politecnica de Valencia (Spain), CRF - Centro Ricerche Fiat (Italy),
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