JOSPEL participates in European clustering event

On November 24., all JOSPEL partners were gathered in Bologna, Italy to participate in the cross-European clustering event “Improving energy efficiency in electric vehicles – Insights into H2020 initiatives on energy management” together with 40 other participants from the two affiliated projects, XERIC and OPTEMUS, as well as other interested parties.

Approximately 100 people from12 different countries attended the event, which took place at the MAST Gallery in Bologna. The focus of the event was to develop synergies between research and industry and to share insights on the latest trends and technologies that will help improve energy efficiency in electric vehicles. During the day, the JOSPEL project gave three presentations on some of the innovative approaches to energy savings that guides the work in the project. The topics of the presentations were:

  • From Cell to System: A brief introduction to the design of a battery system – by Maximilian Bruch, Project Manager at Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems
  • Low energy heating system based on Joule effect – by Begoña Galindo Galiana, Senior Polymer Research at Aimplas
  • Thermoelectrics and Joule effect for a low energy thermal management (heating and cooling) – by Silvia Ortega, PhD student (industrial PhD programme) at CIDETE Ingenieros S.L

The presentations spawned a series of interested questions from the audience, just as the JOSPEL project itself was inspired by some of the approaches and innovations made by the other projects. During the event, the projects also had a chance to demonstrate some of their technologies using prototypes or computer simulations. The day ended with a series of bilateral B2B meetings, where the participants had a chance to meet across the different projects as well as with local or external companies in an effort to establish new collaborations.

18-month meeting revealed significant progress

The day before the energy efficiency event, the JOSPEL project had its own internal 18-month project meeting, where all partners presented the work that has been carried out in the various work packages over the past six months. The presentations revealed that the project has come a long way since the last meeting and that quite a few of the innovative concepts have now materialized into working prototypes that were demonstrated at the meeting. In the coming months, the focus will be to develop these prototypes even further, and to start the integration of the various technologies in a system that will eventually be implemented in the test vehicles.