Key Info

Basic Information

Prof. Dr. Lutz Eckstein
Faculty / Institution:
Mechanical Engineering
Societal Challenges
Project duration:
01.06.2015 to 31.08.2019
EU contribution:
6.390.633,75 euros
  EU flag This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 653288.  


Optimised Energy Management and Use


Optimised energy management and use (OPTEMUS) represents an opportunity for overcoming one of the biggest barriers towards large scale adoption of electric and plug-in hybrid cars: range limitation due to limited storage capacity of electric batteries.

The OPTEMUS project proposes to tackle this bottleneck by leveraging low energy consumption and energy harvesting through a holistic vehicle-occupant-centred approach, considering space, cost and complexity requirements. Specifically, OPTEMUS intends to develop a number of innovative core technologies (Integrated thermal management system comprising the compact refrigeration unit and the compact HVAC unit, battery housing and insulation as thermal and electric energy storage, thermal energy management control unit, regenerative shock absorbers) and complementary technologies (localised conditioning, comprising the smart seat with implemented TED and the smart cover panels, PV panels) combined with intelligent controls (eco-driving and eco-routing strategies, predictive cabin preconditioning strategy with min. energy consumption, electric management strategy).


  • Kompetenzzentrum – Das Virtuelle Fahrzeug, Forschungsgesellschaft mbH, Austria (Coordinator)
  • ESI Group, France
  • Fraunhofer Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V., Germany
  • IFP Énergies nouvelles, France
  • Centro Ricerche Fiat SCpA, Italy
  • Continental Automotive GmbH, Germany
  • Mondragon Goi Eskola Politeknikoa Jose Maria Arizmendiarrieta, S.Coop, Spain
  • Sistemi Sospensioni S.p.A., Italy
  • Università degli studi di Salerno, Italy
  • Bax Innovation Consulting SL, Spain
  • Scuola Superiore di Studi Universitari e di Perfezionamento Sant'Anna, Italy
  • DENSO Thermal Systems S.p.A., Italy
  • DENSO AUTOMOTIVE Deutschland GmbH, Germany
  • ESI Software Germany GmbH, Germany