traffic than ever
Motor vehicles have become the primary means
of personal and commercial mobility in today's world, but this success
has created major environmental challenges in terms of fuel consumption
and CO2 emission. With pressure mounting on the automotive
industry to clean up its act, the EC-funded ADIGA project cluster set
out to develop a new, cleaner internal combustion engine using direct
injection (DI) technology. Now, ADIGA has been awarded the 2001 EUCAR
Award for the most important European innovation in the automotive field.
Automobiles are by far the
most technologically advanced consumer goods in common use today. Nevertheless,
customers continue to demand higher quality, safer and more reliable cars,
all in the face of tough international competition and increasing pressure
from regulatory authorities, especially with respect to environmental
project cluster (Advanced direct injection gasoline engine) is a prime
example of the kind of focussed research and development now being encouraged
within the European automotive industry as it takes a leading role in
furthering the sustainable development of our economy.
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injection (DI) is widely recognised within the industry as a high-potential
'next generation' technology that could substantially boost the
efficiency of conventional internal combustion gasoline engines.
It involves injecting fuel directly into the engine cylinder or
combustion chamber, instead of indirectly through an inlet port
or via a carburettor. The new ADIGA engine, developed by project
Ricerche Fiat , DaimlerChrysler
Marelli and the Aachen
University of Technology (RWTH) , cuts fuel consumption and
CO2 emission by an impressive 15 percent, allowing real time control
of fuel and air flows without the need for flow meters and throttles.
Group is now developing the engine for large-scale industrial
production in co-operation with leading component suppliers in the
Partners say ADIGA goes a long way towards helping
meet Europe's global environmental commitments. Under the Kyoto
international environment accords, the EU has agreed to reduce greenhouse
gases by 8 percent by the year 2012, as compared to 1990 levels.
Greenhouse gases, resulting from the burning of fossil fuels, damage
the ozone layer and are blamed for climate instability due to warming
of the earth's atmosphere.
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outstanding and innovative achievements in the automotive industry
is what the EUCAR Award is all about. EUCAR
(the European Council for Automotive R&D) constitutes representatives
of the major European automakers, joined together to support and
promote efficiency, effectiveness and economy in automotive R&D.
Established in 1994 and guided by the Board of Directors of ACEA
(Association of European Automobile Manufacturers), EUCAR has developed
an automotive R&D Master
Plan which defines a European approach to technologies for automotive
With the automotive industry now a major industrial
contributor to Europe's GDP, co-operation is seen as the best way
to approach research and development, allowing the industry to meet
the increasing challenges of social responsibility and strengthening
Actions aimed at developing cleaner and more
efficient automobile engines are supported under the Growth Programme's
key action in 'Land transport
and marine technologies'
ADIGA - Advanced D.I. gasoline engine.