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Dipl. Ing. Micha Lesemann
Faculty / Institution:
Mechanical Engineering
Societal Challenges
Project duration:
01.11.2017 to 30.04.2021
EU contribution:
8.958.010 euros
  EU flag This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 769902.  


Design OptiMisation for efficient electric vehicles based on a USer-centric approach


The DOMUS project aims to change radically the way in which vehicle passenger compartments and their respective comfort control systems are designed so as to optimise energy use and efficiency while keeping user comfort and safety needs central. Although a more thorough understanding of thermal comfort over recent years has led to significant increases in energy efficiency through better insulation and natural ventilation, substantial room for improvement still exists. With Electric Vehicles (EVs) in particular, which are emerging as the most sustainable option for both satisfying the future mobility needs in Europe and reducing the impact on the environment, inefficiencies must be minimized due to their detrimental effect on the range.

Starting with activities to gain a better understanding of comfort, combined with the development of numerical models which represent both the thermal and acoustic characteristics of the passenger compartment, DOMUS aims to create a validated framework for virtual assessment and optimization of the energy used. In parallel, innovative solutions for glazing, seats, insulation and radiant panels, will be developed along with controllers to optimize their performance individually and when operating in combination, the optimal configuration of which will be derived through numerical simulation.


  • Idiada Automotive Technology S.A., Spain (Coordinator)
  • Centro Ricerche Fiat S.P.C.A., Italy
  • Toyota Motor Europe N.V., Belgium
  • Volvo Personvagnar A.B., Sweden
  • AGC Glass Europe S.A., Belgium
  • DENSO Thermal Systems S.p.A., Italy
  • Faurecia Sièges d'Automobile, France
  • Hutchinson S.A., France
  • IEE International Electronics & Engineering S.A., Luxembourg
  • Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology, Luxembourg
  • Coventry University, United Kingdom
  • Fraunhofer Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Angewandten Forschung e.V., Germany
  • Fundacion Tecnalia Research & Innovation, Spain
  • Kompetenzzentrum - Das Virtuelle Fahrzeug, Forschungsgesellschaft mbH, Austria
  • Uniresearch BV, Netherlands
  • Faurecia Interieur Industrie, France
  • Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Italy S.p.A, Italy