Research Projects



      IAV works together with its partners at innovative solutions for the world of tomorrow and the day after

      Highly automated driving, electromobility, energy transition: these are just a few of the topics being addressed in the framework of research projects. Together with partners from science and industry, IAV develops solutions that will shape the world of tomorrow and the day after.

      In many cases, we take the know-how acquired from more than 30 years of automotive engineering and put it to use in completely new areas, such as state-of-the-art control technology for optimizing the operation of wind turbines. Here are just a few examples of our current projects.

      The architecture used for open-loop and closed-loop control of wind turbines has changed relatively little over the last 20 years or so. The "eco4wind" project aims to improve the energy yield of wind turbines, make the supply of energy more reliable and develop new installation sites.

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      Reconciling supply and demand is one of the major challenges of the energy transition. Here, hydrogen lends itself as an energy source, produced by electrolysis from surplus wind and solar energy. IAV has teamed up with partners to work on an alkaline water electrolyzer with an output of 100 kilowatts that will benefit from automotive engineering.

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      IAV is working on zero-emission trucks in the eJIT project – "Just-in-time logistics system based on e-mobility". Two 40-ton semitrailer trucks with electric drive and driver assist systems are to demonstrate that the eco-friendly drive system is also suitable for transporting freight. The two e-trucks are out and about on the road between Zwickau and Leipzig since mid-2017.

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      At the moment, electric vehicles only have a limited range. IAV is involved in a research project with its partners for doubling the energy density of batteries from currently around 250 watt hours per liter (Wh/l) to 500 Wh/l. At the same time, production costs are to fall well below € 200 per kilowatt hour. In the end, this could produce all-electric travelling ranges of up to 1,000 kilometers.

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      The EU has an ambitious target: by 2050, CO2 emissions in the transport sector should fall by 60% compared to 1990. The "OptiTruck" project aims to take a large step in this direction.

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      Automated driving in the urban context makes complex demands in many different areas, such as automotive, traffic technology, information and communication technology and computer science. It is necessary to pool the development activities of many players, working together to simulate and try out solutions, in projects such as SYNCAR at the digital test site in Dresden.

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      Current research and development into highly automated driving puts a focus on the individual vehicle, for example in terms of safety, driving comfort and energy consumption. The SYNCAR project broadens this perspective to develop innovative solutions for anticipatory automated driving, taking other road users and light signal systems into account.

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