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Seeing inside the fuel cell

Fuel Cell Stack Simulation

AVL has the tools to optimize fuel cell stacks for increased lifetime, safety and performance

The continued transformation of the automotive industry toward the electrified powertrain has seen the emergence of a variety of new technologies. For these technologies to achieve market acceptance, at AVL we provide a range of tools, solutions and services to support our customers in their development.

Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) fuel cells offer huge potential as a zero-emission power source for electrified powertrains. To support your development and optimization of PEM fuel cell stacks we offer a scalable simulation solution based on 3D CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics). AVL FIRE™ M can help you meet your development goals, particularly when used in conjunction with our system-level modelling and simulation platform AVL CRUISE™ M.
 

Ensuring Media Supply Uniformity


Maximizing the efficiency of your hydrogen fuel cell stacks requires the optimum supply of hydrogen and oxygen to each cell in the stack. This must be maintained under all relevant operating conditions and during transient load situations.

With the 0D/1D system simulation competence of CRUISE M you can determine the overall minimum and maximum media supply mass flow rates. This helps to ensure proper stack operation, to minimize flow pressure losses and avoid the conditions that might lead to circumstances such as fuel starvation. With FIRE M’s detailed multiphysics 3D CFD capabilities you can design and optimize manifold shapes and media distribution plates for gas throughput and flow uniformity.

 

Stack Cooling Optimization


Ensuring your PEM fuel cell stack operates efficiently and safely under all operating conditions, requires dynamic stack temperature conditioning and the minimization of temperature gradients. This is to ensure uniform temperatures in all cells of the stack at all times.

CRUISE M, with its 0D/1D system-level simulation supports virtual cooling concept layout investigations to increase cooling system efficiency. This includes the sizing of coolant media supply elements, the modelling of pressure drops and pumping loss minimization under stationary and transient operation.

In addition, FIRE M provides detailed insight into the joint gas media, coolant flow and thermal and heat-releasing electrochemical processes. This supports detailed assessment of design options regarding temperature homogeneity at individual cell and stack level, resulting in increased stack lifetime.

With the combined use of these simulation tools, you can reduce the experimental testing of entire stacks required in your development process. This, in turn, leads to reduced development cost and time to market, and increased product quality, lifetime and robustness.


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Seeing inside the cell

Cell Simulation for Fuel Cells

Virtual PEM Fuel Cell Development

As the quest to reduce emissions drives the electrification of the powertrain, the automotive industry seeks ways to increase the efficiency of these electrified systems. Fuel cells offer a potentially emission-free power source, and at AVL we are leading the industry in their development.

We already have decades of experience developing simulation tools for automotive applications, and now we are bringing this expertise to the fuel cell. Our 3D multi-physics simulation solution, AVL FIRE™ M, lets you simulate flow, thermal and electrochemical processes in PEM (Proton Exchange Membrane) fuel cells.
 

Simulation for Fuel Cell Optimization


FIRE M features detailed physical and chemical models that enable you to analyze and optimize complex processes at cell level. Chemical species transport and conversion can be investigated with the FIRE M multi-physics approach, along with cooling efficiency and liquid water formation. These govern cell and stack performance and degradation characteristics.

Using the insight gained from FIRE M investigations, you can enhance the performance and power density of the fuel cell and optimize flow field uniformity. By matching bipolar-plate flow field design and membrane electrode assembly (MEA), cell performance and durability can be enhanced. This results in increased lifetime, the minimization of degradation effects and a reduction in experimental testing.

 

Looking Within the Cell


FIRE M has comprehensive multiphysics 3D CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) capabilities. You can use them to gain a detailed insight into the interplay between channel geometries, reactant transport across the gas-diffusion-layer and the conversion process at the catalyst layer.

You can also use FIRE M to identify critical operating parameters. Modeling water accumulation in the gas-diffusion layer, for example, as well as in the media supply channels, can help you optimize cell performance and avoid cell damage. The level of detail provided by FIRE M, allows you to predict unexpected behaviors and amend your designs accordingly.


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Virtual integration of clean technologies

Fuel Cell Concept and Integration

AVL CRUISE™ M enables you to optimize your FCEV concept before any hardware has been built

The automotive industry is undergoing the biggest transformation in its history. Electrified powertrain technologies are becoming ubiquitous as OEMs seek to reduce emissions as much as possible.

Fuel cell technology holds a great deal of potential as a clean power source. Our customers are seeking the tools and processes to integrate fuel cell development into their workflows, as well as fuel cell systems into their powertrain configuration. With AVL CRUISE™ M we have just the tool to make this happen.
 

Virtual Vehicle Prototypes


CRUISE M lets you create virtual vehicle prototypes which, when deployed in the early concept phase, support target setting and the specification of requirements. This is vital for detailed component and sub-system development.

Our versatile development tool also supports the virtual integration of components and sub-systems into the overall Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV) system. This allows early feasibility assessments of performance objectives and the identification of the possible cross influences of technologies. This can save time and cut costs prior to the procurement of expensive hardware.

 

Concept Definition


By employing CRUISE M at the early concept phase, you can define the complete powertrain architecture and specify the power split between the fuel cell and the battery. Furthermore, you can dimension all the major components and subsystems of the powertrain.

CRUISE M can also be used to define your FCEV control strategy and derive the requirements for subsequent PEM fuel cell component and system development phases. Additionally, it can be used to gain a clear understanding of system synergies and conflicts long before any hardware has been built.

 

Virtual FCEV Integration


CRUISE M gives you insights into possible component and sub-system cross influences and synergies early in development. This helps you in a variety of ways, such as to fulfil and balance system energy efficiency goals. It can also support you in the optimization of hydrogen consumption and to meet targets for driving attributes such as performance and driving range.


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Optimizing the electrified powertrain

Fuel Cell System Simulation

Using simulation to optimize fuel cell efficiency and lifetime

With the continued electrification of the powertrain in order to reduce emissions, our customers are facing challenges of increased system complexity. This adds pressure to the development toolchain, particularly in terms of time-to-market, product quality, and lifetime cost.

This is also true in fuel cell development. Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) fuel cells offer a large potential as a clean energy source, but optimizing them to meet performance targets is challenging. At AVL, we have a solution to this challenge, through the use of our leading simulation tools.
 

Introducing AVL CRUISE™ M and AVL FIRE™M


AVL CRUISE™ M and AVL FIRE™ M offer dedicated simulation capabilities for the optimization of PEM fuel cells. This includes the relevant Balance of Plant (BoP) components, such as the humidifier, water separator and the injector/ejector. They allow you to create sophisticated system-level models, which range from real time-capable empirical simulations to completely physical-based approaches. Furthermore, our powerful simulation tools allow you to create scalable models of PEM fuel cell system behaviour in the office, as well as in the testbed environment.

 

BoP Component Selection


To achieve the highest efficiency and the longest lifetime of the PEM fuel cell system, it is important for you to make the proper sizing of BoP components. CRUISE M enables you to virtually assess the impact of BoP component characteristics on PEM fuel cell system performance. It supports you in proper technology selection and component dimensioning.

Additionally, the multiphysics 3D computational fluid dynamics (CFD) capabilities of FIRE M support the detailed design of the BoP components. This aids the parameterization of the related system-level modules.

 

Thermal Management


PEM fuel stacks must operate safely and efficiently under all conditions. This requires reliable dynamic stack temperature conditioning, and therefore it is vital that the overall system thermal management is properly dimensioned. System level simulation with CRUISE M enable virtual cooling system layout, selection and sizing of cooling system components, heat exchanger and radiator elements. In addition, the modelling capabilities of FIRE M support the detailed design of the stack and cooling system-related heat transfer characteristics and related components.

 

Dynamic System Operation


CRUISE M enables you to optimize your control strategy layout to ensure proper system performance characteristics in the office, for stable and efficient stationary and transient operation. For example, this might include modelling high system dynamics under transient operating conditions and smooth system behaviour during start-up and shutdown.

CRUISE M’s real time capabilities let you use PEM fuel cell system models directly in the testbed environment. This supports calibration of related control system parameters.

The use of these two powerful and flexible simulation tools lets you achieve maximum system efficiency, for example by optimizing compressor and fuel cell stack matching. Seamless model re-use in MiL, SiL, HiL environments saves you time, reduces costs and development effort.



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For testing conventional and alternative drives

Press Release: General Contractor AVL is currently constructing two test centers in Germany

On behalf of the engineering partner Bertrandt, AVL as a general contractor is currently building a Powertrain Solution Center at two locations, one in Freising near Munich and another in Tappenbeck near Wolfsburg. The completion of the two test centers – each as large as two football pitches –is proceeding according to plan despite the Corona pandemic. The investment volume amounts to roughly 80 million euros.

As a general contractor with many years of experience, AVL supplies both plants on a turnkey basis. The project entails the entire building plan, chassis dynamometers and workshop areas as well as the neccessary supply facilities. In addition to conventional powertrains running on various fuels, the Bertrandt Powertrain Solution Center will also be able to test and validate alternative powertrain concepts, such as hybrid or electric drives, in accordance with the latest legal requirements. They have climatic all-wheel dyno testbeds and one all-wheel dyno testbed with an altitude chamber. In this special chamber, heights from 0 to 4,200 m and solar radiation with different angles can be simulated to achieve both realistic carry out development tests as well as tests in accordance with the legal requirements.

The completion of both plants progresses as planned

Trial runs have already begun at the Powertrain Solution Center at the Wolfsburg facility, and the opening is scheduled for fall of this year.
The realization of the test center in Freising near Munich is also on schedule despite massive restrictions due to the Corona pandemic: With the installation of the last roller in the altitude chamber, this test center is also entering the home stretch.
The Bertrandt Group has been providing development solutions for the international automotive and aviation industries in Europe, China and the USA for more than 40 years. Around 13,000 employees work at over 50 locations guarantee extensive know-how, sustainable project solutions and a high degree of customer orientation. Its main customers include the major automobile manufacturers and numerous system suppliers.

AVL is the world’s largest independent company for the development, simulation and testing of powertrain systems (hybrid, combustion engines, transmission, electric motors, batteries and software) for passenger cars, trucks and stationary high-performance engines. AVL has more than 11,500 employees all over the world. In 2019, sales revenues reached EUR 1.97 billion.
 

Contact

Dipl.-Ing. Michael Ksela
AVL Company Spokesperson
Tel. +43 664 132 81 78
E-mail: michael.ksela@scoopandspoon.com


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Securing the future of mobility

Automotive Cybersecurity

A holistic approach to the protection of vehicles

Modern vehicles are growing increasingly complex. As well as the electrified powertrain, advanced electronics and networked technologies are becoming commonplace. Therefore, it is paramount that in this technological sector, as in all others, security is a priority.

As the adoption of connected technologies increases across the automotive industry, users must feel reassured that these systems are secure. As well as traditional considerations of IT security – to protect the data and the systems from unwanted access – there are also safety concerns. It is vital that vehicles remain safe for passengers and other road users should they become the target of malicious attacks.
 

Intelligent Technology, Intelligent Security


Autonomous vehicles, for example, are essentially computers in motion. The dangers posed by such malicious attacks therefore make the issue of security more important than ever. The industry needs a reliable partner who can help OEMs and suppliers protect the data integrity of the vehicle, detect ongoing attacks, and react safely.

These factors, along with Confidentiality, Integrity and Availability (CIA) must be considered at all stages of the development process. But the work does not end there. It must be followed through the entire lifetime of the vehicle. Furthermore, we are continuously detecting and reacting to new and unknown vulnerabilities.

At AVL we are not just implementing cybersecurity standards, but also creating them. We are a member of the Austrian and German working groups behind the latest industry standard, ISO21434. We have helped to define this latest measure for ensuring the cybersecurity of connected automotive systems, and now we are sharing our expertise. This extends to the coaching and training of our industry partners in compliance with this rigorous new standard.

We are working to bring safety and security to both the present and the future of the automotive industry. We are constantly striving to be at the forefront of innovation and thus are participating in numerous industry project as well as internally funded R&D projects. The insights and experiences gained here benefit our customers because we can offer fast and mature development approaches.

 

Best Practice Solutions

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With more than seven decades of automotive development experience, at AVL we understand the benefit of a best practice strategy to address the challenges of automotive cybersecurity. This has enabled us to develop a holistic approach from Threat Analysis and Risk Assessment (TARA) to vulnerability management with Continuous System Care (CSC).

This approach covers security organization, processes and risk management, and is aligned ISO/SAE 21434 and UNECE. It covers the following activities:

  • Security risk analyses
  • Architecture and concept development
  • Security solutions, operating systems and modules
  • Security validation
  • Continuous System Care

To ensure we reach as much of the industry as possible, we also share our process and methodologies with other automotive development partners. With our coaching and training programs we build a secure connected future for mobility.

 

Securing the Future of Mobility


Connected vehicle security and autonomous car safety will be major factors as this technology matures across the industry. AVL automotive cybersecurity expertise offers a solution to this challenge for every organization working in this domain.

With on and off-board security solutions covering the complete vehicle ecosystem – from concept to scrapping – our holistic approach delivers solutions to meet your specific needs. From the cloud to the road, we’re your partner to secure the future of mobility.



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Software Training

AVL Advanced Simulation Technologies offer both standard and non-standard software training courses for all its software products.

Standard Software Training Courses


These courses consist of basic training for new users and application training for experienced users. Training courses and general organization information are described in the AVL Advanced Simulation Technologies Customer Services catalogue.

Prices:

For scheduled training courses held in Graz, the price is:

  • 400 Euro per day, per participant
  • 200 Euro per day, per participant for universities


For training on request, the total price for one AST engineer for one full day training is:

  • In Graz: 1,200 Euro for max. 4 participants
  • In Europe: 1,850 Euro for max. 6 participants at the customer location, including travel and accommodation
  • Rest of World: 5,200 Euro for 2 days training, including travel and accommodation. For each additional day 1,200 Euro

 

Non-Standard Software Training Courses


These courses are available on request to meet specific customer needs, based on customer model, such as training-on-the-job. These training courses are treated as separate projects; therefore, their content, duration and price will be defined individually according to the specific needs and requests. A separate project proposal will be given by AVL Advanced Simulation Technologies.

Prices:

For training on request, the total price for one AST engineer for one full day training is: • In Graz: 1,200 Euro for max. 4 participants

  • In Europe: 1,850 Euro for max. 6 participants at the customer location, including travel and accommodation
  • Rest of World: 5,200 Euro for 2 days training, including travel and accommodation. For each additional day 1,200 Euro

 

Schedule and Registration


Please take a look at the list of available training courses in the AVL Advanced Simulation Technologies Customer Services Catalogue.

For standard basic training courses, use the calendars below to find the scheduled dates. Each products basic training course is linked to the respective inquiry form in the AVL AST Training Center.
 

AST Trainings


To register for your required course, please submit the inquiry form and then you will receive a confirmation email. For training courses on request, please search for a particular training course at the AVL AST Training Center and submit the respective inquiry form with your required date. Application training courses are available on request after completing the basic training course.

 



FAQ

Contact us at ast_training@avl.com if you do not find the answer you need here.

How do I register?

To register for your required course, please submit the inquiry form at the AVL AST Training Center and then you will receive a confirmation email. Further information is under the Schedule & Registration tab.

What is included in the training fee?

The training fee includes printed training material, a USB stick containing pdfs of the training material, lunch, coffee and snacks.

Where do training courses take place?

In Austria, training courses take place at Advanced Simulation Technologies (AST), Alte-Poststrasse 152, Graz.

In Germany, training courses take place AVL Deutschland GmbH, Frankfurter-Ring 213, Munich.

In USA, training courses take place at AVL Powertrain Engineering, 47519 Halyard Drive, Plymouth, Michigan.

You can also schedule a training course at your own site.

What time are the training courses at?

Courses are held from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The timing for training at your own site is according to your scheduling needs.

How do I schedule a course at my site?

Please contact your local sales representative to discuss your requirements.

How do I cancel? How can AVL cancel?

Cancellations must be made in writing by emailing ast_training@avl.com.

For scheduled training courses, no charge will be made for cancellations made at least 1 week before commencement of the course. Our standard terms and conditions apply.

For training on request, cancellations will be dealt with on a case by case basis. AVL reserves the right to cancel a training course (with 1-week notice) due to an insufficient number of participants and this will then be rescheduled. Also, if the course cannot take place due to illness or unforeseen events, AVL retains the right to cancel and reschedule.

What about accommodation?

If you require a hotel reservation in Graz or Munich, please enter your request in the inquiry form. An email will be sent to confirm the reservation.

If you require a hotel reservation in Michigan, please complete the section in the registration form. An email will be sent to confirm the reservation.

Costs for accommodation and expenses for the participant are to be covered by the customer. Payment must be made directly to the hotel.

If the course takes place at your site, the travel and accommodation costs for the AVL trainer will be invoiced separately.

How do I provide feedback on training?

A training feedback form will be provided at the training course.


Contact

Administration & Organization - Graz
Petra Pintaric
Specialist Training Organization
Phone: +43 316 787 8792
ast_training@avl.com

Administration & Organization - USA
Kelli Harrison
Phone: (734) 414 9690
Fax: (734) 414 9618
ast.na@avl.com

Training Programme & Contents
Christian Vock
Customer Support Manager
Phone: +43 (316) 787 7199
Fax: +43 (316) 787 1922
ast_support@avl.com


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PLUtronize beyond limits

AVL PLUtron™

Fuel flow meter for close-to-engine application, component, engine and vehicle testing

Interconnection and compatibility throughout all stages of automotive engineering are today’s major challenges in the management of growing complexity. As such, integrated measurement technology must cover the complete application chain between close-to-engine, component testing, engine testbed applications and in-vehicle testing. And it must do this both at the chassis dyno and on the road.

With AVL PLUtron™ we have developed a universal flow measurement system that covers a wide range of applications that require dynamic flow measurement. PLUtron covers everything from component testing to engine testbed applications as well as vehicle testing on the chassis dyno and on the road. Its increased dynamic capabilities support fuel consumption measurement even under pulsating flow conditions and opens a new dimension of dynamic fuel consumption measurement. It boasts a measurement range of up to 300 l/h at up to 20 bar pressure and an extended temperature range.

Dynamic Fuel Measurement

PLUtron CLASSIC features a wide media compatibility with fuels, test fluids, water and even urea solution. Flexible interfaces, such as CAN Bus, and an optional handheld display facilitate flow meter adaptation for different tasks in every testing environment.

PLUtron ADVANCED additionally introduces a higher level of accurate dynamic fuel measurement in various applications like close-to-engine applications on engine testbeds. It enables a fast and accurate fuel consumption measurement with the highest resolution and an outstanding measuring span of 1:1000. Robustness against vibration and shock, compared with the extended temperature range and IP67 protection class, enables dynamic fuel consumption measurement even in harsh close-to-engine environment. Smart sensor control and advanced self-diagnostics ensure a simple startup and reliable operation.

PLUtron highlights include:

  • Highest measurement uncertainty of ≤ 0.1 % of reading at data rates up to 100 Hz
  • Direct mass flow output measurement with incorporated density meter
  • Unique plug-and-play usability for workflow optimization
  • Higher flexibility thanks to large measuring ranges with high resolution and extended temperature ranges
  • Up to 5 % reduction in project execution time and up to 15 % shorter test time in component production with an affordable cost of ownership


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Perfection in diverse applications

AVL Powertrain TS™

A versatile test system for the validation of pure ICE and electrified powertrains

With global emission legislation becoming increasingly stringent, and international markets becoming more competitive, powertrain complexity is growing. And this complexity is reflected both at system and component level, which leads to increased development and testing effort.

Every component, system and subsystem must be validated individually, as well as the complete powertrain. In an electrified powertrain, for example, the battery must be validated, and so must the e-motor, the inverter and then the entire integrated system.

In the era of real driving emissions (RDE) development, this poses significant challenges for OEMs. However, it also offers opportunities for improving the conventional development architecture.

 

Introducing the AVL Powertrain Test System

 


AVL Powertrain TS™ is designed to help you manage the complexity of ICE and electrified powertrain validation during the entire development phase. It enables you to conduct tests with dynamometers on each output shaft. With Powertrain TS you can mount a diverse range of powertrains (such as ICE-driven powertrains with MT, AT, DCT, CVT transmissions, and powertrains for HEV, BEV or FCEV) and other components on the same testbed.

By imposing speed and torque to the powertrain it emulates real-world driving conditions, road data replication and time-lapsed testing. Direct torque measurements at the drive shaft and realistic vehicle simulation allows you to conduct highly realistic testing activities. And this can be carried out exhaustively, 24/7.

 

Multiple Applications, Multiple Benefits


Powertrain TS is a versatile tool that you can apply to a wide range of activities. You can use the system for tasks such as durability testing, performance development, RDE and driveability testing, integration of HV components and on-board diagnostics. Our flexible system also lets you conduct safety-critical tests where unforeseen interactions result in undefined operating conditions.

Powertrain TS lets you optimize hybrid control strategies and conduct performance evaluations of the entire powertrain. Thanks to the exhaustive reproducibility it offers in testing, you can even use it to ensure specific lifetime targets of powertrain components.

Highly automated and with a focus on safety thanks to its unmanned operation, it ensures confidence, reduces effort and maximizes return on investment. Reducing the need for prototypes while validating concepts early in development, it cuts time and costs, and supports robust results.

 


HR

Jobs & Careers

AVL is always looking for dedicated, qualified staff who are eager to use their skills in an international environment and offers you many career opportunities.

If you are applying for a position that is currently posted online, you can apply directly online by clicking on the online application button. Fill in the details that we ask for, and then make sure that you have specified all the information we need.

Open Jobs

 

The deadline for holiday job applications for the summer of 2020 has expired. Applications for summer jobs for 2021 can be submitted as from January 1st, 2021.


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If you are already registered with us and wish to update your profile or apply for other posts, please follow this link to your personal career profile. Your career profile (for registered applicants)

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Quality, Environment, Safety and Security

AVL’s certified approach to quality, the environment and safety.

Our company is committed to treating the environment with respect and responsibility. AVL's Environment Management System meets ISO 14001 standards and those of the ÖKOPROFIT® programme. In 2007 AVL was awarded the ÖKOPROFIT® Award for ten years of successful participation in the ÖKOPROFIT® Programm by the Mayor of Graz. Many of our products and services help to sustainably reduce environmental pollution from automobiles and powertrain systems.

​​​​​​​Quality Policy

AVL is the world's largest independent company specialising in the development of engine instrumentation, test systems and powertrain systems with internal combustion engines.

AVL's worldwide leadership is assured by its unique mixture of powertrain system development, mathematical simulation, instrumentation and testbed development.

AVL offers products and services which benefit from the synergy of these various forms of expertise all originating in one company.

​​​​​​​Quality Objectives

We insist on the best possible quality standards in order to continue to increase our customer base and provide efficient support. They are based on the following quality aims which are integrated in the quality policy.
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  • Increasing our technology leadership based on our own research and development programmes, strategic partnerships and cooperation with the leading university institutes in our field of work
  • Continuous improvement of the development processes through, for example, the development of our own simulation software and development methods
  • Strengthening our presence worldwide
  • Promotion of occupational and personal development
  • Management setting an example by maintaining the company culture
  • Confidential treatment of customer-specific information with regard to third parties and the public
  • Continuous development of AVL as an organization geared to customer needs with clear responsibility structures
  • Ensuring the quality of sub-contractors and other cooperation partners.
  • Preserving the company's independence through continuing growth and good yields
  • Creation and further development of a quality system with regular internal and external audits by an international, independent company


Helmut List
Chairman and CEO

​​​​​​​Environment Policy

Sustainability and the preservation and protection of our environment are matters of great concern to AVL LIST GmbH.

A considerable part of our services and products aims to reduce environmental pollution worldwide.

The minimization and anticipatory avoidance of environmental pollution have become an integral part of our way of acting and thinking and are firmly anchored in the strategies and processes of our company.

In addition to compliance with statutory provisions and the use of environmentally friendly equipment and machinery – in as far as economically reasonable – we show proof of a continuous improvement of the site-based environmental protection measures. For this reason, in-house processes are controlled and optimized on an ongoing basis in order to identify and correct trouble spots to ensure the continuous improvement for industrial environmental protection. Our staff, as well as suppliers, service providers and trading partners are integrated in this process in order to live up to values such as sustainability and environmental protection on a cross-company basis as well.

The contents of our environmental policy, the environmental program and the environmental efforts are approved of by the management and their efficacy is assessed at regular intervals.

This environmental policy is binding for all employees of AVL List GmbH.

  • The sense of responsibility for the environment of all employees is encouraged by means of regular trainings and information.
  • An objective assessment, monitoring and reduction of the effects on the environment are carried out as early as in the planning phase, during design, procurement, at the place of work and during storage.
  • The application and the further development of energy- and water-saving low-emission and low-waste technologies is promoted incessantly. Preventive measures for saving resources are taken, and furthermore for preventing environmentally relevant incidents and minimizing their effects on the environment (during normal and abnormal operation).
  • In-house rules serve to monitor the environmental management system and result in the implementation of corrective measures when the environmental objectives are not reached.
  • AVL List GmbH undertakes to comply with acts, directives and regulatory restrictions.
  • The general public (residents, government authorities, customers) is given the information necessary for a better understanding of the industrial site and its implications. The dialog with the general public and the scientific community takes precedence over confrontation.
  • Precautionary measures are taken to ensure that suppliers, customers and subcontractors working on site are made aware of the environmental policy applicable at the site and are requested to comply with it.
  • The management is required to lead by example.


Dr. Robert Fischer
Member of the board of directors

​​​​​​​Safety Statement
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Creating a healthy and safe place of work for our employees is an integral part of our corporate policy.
To achieve this goal, we continuously work to improve ergonomic conditions and reduce hazards and health risks to employees.


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AVL List, Holding Graz and City of Graz

Press Release: Graz Bus Lines on Course for the Zero-Emission Vehicle

Climate-neutral electric mobility has a key role in shaping tomorrow’s public transport. With support from the City of Graz, AVL carried out a fleet monitoring and fleet analysis on Graz bus lines as part of a project carried out in cooperation with Holding Graz. The object was to define the requirements for the transition to ultra-low and zero-emission vehicles.

AVL fitted two articulated and two normal buses with extensive instrumentation. The measuring data were then recorded and assessed over a period of six months. The monitoring included a comprehensive load-energy analysis, with factors such as the number of kilometers driven, temperature levels, the time of day and the number of passengers on all bus lines in Graz serving as a basis for the evaluation.

Measurements to continue until at least late August 2020

Apart from analyses of a variety of systems (vehicle, doors, powertrain, air-conditioning, heating, etc.), the project included the creation and optimization of a simulation model, along with a detailed assessment of the results. Talks are underway to continue these measurements until at least the end of August 2020 to determine additional related data, e.g. further cooling and heating requirements in the passenger area. More simulations are needed to obtain information about the drive and charge concept, route management and planning, etc. The project’s aim is to use the measurements and simulations to derive the specific requirements to be met by bus suppliers and city infrastructure, so that in the future the citizens of Graz will have optimally designed electrified buses to travel in.
 

STATEMENTS


Prof. Helmut List, CEO AVL
The electrification of the automotive drive system is absolutely crucial to achieving carbon neutrality in future transportation. As a pioneer in innovative solutions, and as a global technology leader in the field of drive systems, AVL can draw on long-standing, in-depth expertise. We are pleased to support the City of Graz on its way to the Zero-Emission Vehicle and to help make sure this project is a success.

Mag. Siegfried Nagl, Mayor of the City of Graz
AVL is a leading company in Graz and one of the most innovative and research-intensive corporations in the automotive industry. This joint project gives Graz – a ‘climate innovation city’ – the opportunity to draw on local expertise to optimize public transport, making another big step towards zero emissions.

Dipl.-Ing. Wolfgang Malik, Chairman of the Executive Board of Holding Graz
We are delighted that AVL List is participating in this project. The aim is to use the measurements and simulations to derive the specific requirements to be met by bus suppliers, so that in the future the citizens of Graz will have optimally designed electrified buses to travel in.

Mag. Barbara Muhr, Vorstandsdirektorin für Mobilität und Freizeit, Holding Graz
Using a simulation tool based on real values from ‘Graz Linien’ bus services, buses can be tested virtually on a computer, under Graz-specific conditions, long before they hit the streets. Fine-tuning becomes possible, e.g. regarding energy management, before the buses leave the factory. This gives Graz Linien practically tailor-made buses without needing to run long and cost-intensive operation phases beforehand.

Dr. Mihai Nica, Head of Department AVL Fleet Data Monitoring & Analytics Team
Using the recorded data, AVL simulated a range of electric buses with differing battery capacities. The analysis also covered the best operating strategies based on the timetable and differing route combinations.

AVL is the world’s largest independent company for the development, simulation and testing of powertrain systems (hybrid, combustion engines, transmission, electric motors, batteries and software) for passenger cars, trucks and stationary high-performance engines. AVL has more than 11,500 employees all over the world. In 2019, sales revenues reached EUR 1.97 billion.
 

Contact

Dipl.-Ing. Michael Ksela
AVL Company Spokesperson
Tel. +43 664 132 81 78
E-mail: michael.ksela@scoopandspoon.com