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2014-09-18 Viking Heat Engines signs € 6,7 million contract with AVL SCHRICK GmbH for deliveries of CraftEngine PowerPacks in 2015

Following a string of successful demonstrator tests around the world, Viking and AVL SCHRICK have agreed to continue the CraftEngine development program and further increase the market potential with a 40 kW PowerPack, to be ready for field installations and market introduction in Q2-2015.

The PowerPack development is based on the present 10 kW single cylinder version and the technology platform that it constitutes, and is a natural next step to increase the power output from the CraftEngine.

“The 10 kW unit is a fantastic product, which stands very well on its own feet, but many of our customers need even more output. The PowerPack development is a very natural next step in the direction of a comprehensive engine program, which will eventually cover all outputs from 2-10 kW and into the megawatt range”, says Tor Hodne, Managing Director of Viking Heat Engines.

R&D Director Harald Nes Rislå continues: “Our present 10 kW piston expander works extremely well. By packaging several expanders into a single engine system we will easily be able to quadruple the power output without bringing any major new technical risks into the project. The four expanders will share a common electrical system, piping and heat exchangers – and the cost per installed kW will therefore go down even further from todays 10 kW unit.”

“The PowerPack development is a clever next step in the development of the CraftEngine program” says Andreas Mück, Program Manager at AVL SCHRICK. “It fully capitalizes on all the experience and learnings from the 10 kW unit, and it’s pretty straightforward to develop this larger PowerPack without any major technical risks. In addition, we will also use this contract to improve the performance of the present expander and surrounding systems even more – to ensure consistently high quality, low cost and long durability.”

Tore Hansen-Tangen, Executive Chairman summarizes the situation for Viking Heat Engines: “The new AVL SCHRICK contract is one very important step for the company, and we find ourselves at an important crossroads. At the moment, quite a number of potential industrial partners are looking at the technology platform of the CraftEngine, and we aim to conclude this partner process by the end of the year. Once the right industrial partners are on board, we intend to extend the CraftEngine engine family with larger multi-cylinder engines, which will be able to produce as much as 250 kW per engine, and which can also be used in PowerPacks to reach power outputs in the megawatt range. These are indeed exciting times!”

3D-CFD Underhood flow Simulation

The optimised cooling of all components in the engine compartment has a significant impact, not only on the safe operation of the vehicle, but also on fuel efficiency. Our experienced team of engineers are able to simulate the flow process in the entire vehicle – even processes that are extremely complex in terms of model size and the flow phenomena that must be taken into consideration. This simulation work focuses on cooling-unit inflow and component protection. For simulations, all heat-transfer processes (conduction, convection and radiation) are taken into consideration, and, if necessary, local CHT simulations are performed in order to achieve optimal results for our customers (e.g. optimal cooling at minimal cost).

Förderverein MannesmannHaus Honours Schrick

It all started in a garage in Abbenrode near Braunschweig: Dr Peter Schrick had just left university and was fine-tuning camshafts for motorsport while building – more or less in his spare time – the first Beetle engine with oil cooling. Today, AVL Schrick GmbH still thrives on the same strong spirit of innovation.

Fifty years after its founding, the Remscheid-based company, with its 310 employees, is one of the world’s most modern companies for the development and manufacturing of combustion engines. The Förderverein MannesmannHaus (Friends of MannesmannHaus Association), which helps protect the industrial heritage of the steel company Mannesmannröhren-Werke, decided that this success was worthy of special recognition. Yesterday, at the German Tool Museum in Remscheid, the association honoured the company Schrick with its “Reinhard and Max Mannesmann Award for Innovation 2010”. The award was the fifth of its kind granted by the association and included a certificate and medal. The MannesmannHaus chose AVL Schrick for its development work in the areas of electric and hybrid powertrains, as well as its production of fuel-efficient combustion engines. For this special event, the association invited a true icon of the automotive industry: Professor Henning Wallentowitz, who was director of the Institute of Automotive Engineering at RWTH Aachen University until 2008, gave a speech in honour of the company founder, who passed away in 2007. The Professor shared his understanding of Dr Schrick’s decision to move from Braunschweig to Remscheid: "We just can’t compete with the beautiful landscape you have here." The jury chose this year’s award recipient from a list of almost 20 nominees. Once again, its primary source of information was the business supplement of the newspaper Remscheider General-Anzeiger (RGA). In the most recent edition of this special publication, the RGA published an in-depth article about the company Schrick GmbH, which is now a member of the AVL Group.

Remscheid Company Builds CHP Engines

Vaillant Managing Director, Dr Carsten Voigtländer, asked around in the automotive industry: where could Vaillant, the Remscheid-based specialist for heating and air-conditioning technology, find a strong partner in the development of engines for mini-combined heat and power units? The answer: in Remscheid, of course – with AVL Schrick.

Vaillant and AVL Schrick are now working together – and not only in the development of decentralised combined heat and power (CHP) plants. Soon, the first engines specially developed for this purpose will be built into the Vaillant systems. Yesterday, the partners sealed the deal on their collaboration with a ceremony at AVL Schrick in Lüttringhausen. Even Professor Helmut List – CEO of the international AVL Group, of which AVL Schrick is a member – came in from Austria for the event. For the production of these engines, twelve completely new jobs were created at Schrick. The engines have been engineered for long life in stationary applications, running for ten years before the first minor parts will need replacement. With this project, Remscheid has become a central location of the Vaillant Group for the development of energy-efficient CHP technology. CHP plants are able to simultaneously produce heat and power at very high levels of efficiency and therefore represent one of the key technologies for the effective use of resources and the reduction of CO2 emissions. The finished engines will be installed in the complete CHP system at Vaillant’s production facilities, initially in Gera and, in the future, in Gelsenkirchen.

A Sports Car with a Heart from Remscheid

The Bugatti Veyron is the super sports car with a “heart” that was developed in Remscheid at AVL SCHRICK. Its engine parts are still being manufactured at AVL SCHRICK in the Großhülsberg industrial park (Lüttringhausen/Remscheid). The installation of these parts, however, is performed at the engine plant in Salzgitter.

The cars themselves are built in the exclusive "atelier" in the French commune of Molsheim/Alsace. VW purchased the Bugatti trademark in 1998, and production began in Molsheim in 2005. Recently, Bugatti – still the luxury brand of the VW Group – set a new world record with its Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport: under ideal conditions at the VW test track in Ehra-Lessien, Germany, the "Super Sport" version achieved a new “world record for a road-legal production car” with an average top speed of 431 km/h (268 mph). The Super Sport’s engine generates 1,200 HP, 20% more than the previous version with 1,001  HP. AVL SCHRICK Managing Director Roger Wildemann is modest about the company’s contribution to this success. Like the other Veyrons, this version also uses engine parts from Remscheid. Other than these, AVL Schrick contributed, in Wildemann’s words, "just a little" to the car’s further development. The additional power up to  1,200 HP is made possible by four larger turbochargers, together with more powerful intercoolers.. The series production models of the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport have an electronically limited top speed of 415 km/h (257.9 mph). The production of AVL SCHRICK engine parts for the Bugatti Veyron is planned until 2011. Bugatti has announced its intention to produce a total of 300 Bugatti Veyrons in the various versions; to date 260 have been produced. The most expensive version is the Super Sport, with its record-breaking design. This version is already selling for nearly two million euros. Roger Wildemann would be happy if the company decided to continue production after the first 300. But this will be up to the manufacturer, i.e. ultimately a decision to be made by the Volkswagen Group. Automotive expert Wildemann knows that, in any case, the Bugattis have been on the road for years with no complaints or major issues. The engine, which was developed in Remscheid and tested in both sub-zero and desert environments, may have played a significant role in this success.

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