Page updated 11.1.2019
Smart Machines

Smart Machines

Energy efficient internal combustion engines

Read more

These long-term research projects investigate methods that enable internal combustion engines to meet ever-tightening global emission standards while improving the energy efficiency of engines.

The research primarily concentrates on the emissions and energy efficiency of off-road vehicles, marine diesel engines and power plants. The aim is to develop diesel and gas engines that meet emission standards while remaining compact, cost-efficient and capable of delivering the desired performance.

The engine research laboratory of Turku University of Applied Sciences has conducted applied research on internal combustion engines since the 1990s. Economical low-emission engines are needed to minimize environmental impact and to control climate change. The Energy Technology Research Group also offers R&D expertise in energy recovery systems and the improvement of energy efficiency of vehicles.

The engine laboratory has test benches equipped with eddy current dynamometers and a wide range of modern data logging and measurement devices. The laboratory can also conduct measurements in the field. Most of the research is commissioned by external parties. Our partners and customers include universities, companies and research institutions.

Energy efficiency of vehicles

Read more

The third key research area concentrates on the use of vehicles in traffic. Future research areas will include the optimization of the energy efficiency of entire logistics chains. Advanced technologies alone will not solve the problems associated with energy use. Instead, these technologies must be used correctly to gain maximum benefits.

Energy recovery systems

Read more

Internal combustion engines reject a notable amount of waste heat while operating, and the principle of waste heat recovery is gaining popularity in other applications as well. In
future, the utilization of waste energy streams is an internal part of the group’s R&D activities.