Magneto-Caloric Refrigeration for Efficient Electric Air Conditionning

  • Framework: FP7
  • Type: STREP
  • Status: Completed
  • Category: Electrification (FEV/PHEV)
  • End Date: 30/04/2014
  • Vehicles: Passenger cars, Trucks, and Buses
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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.

Sustainable Cost:

  • 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.