Sustainable Large Engine Research: Intelligent Concepts That Impress
The Large Engines Competence Center (LEC) is Austria's leading research institution in the area of research and development of large engine technology. The research center's focus is on developing environmentally sound, efficient and robust large engines. In 2015 it was chosen as one of the 100 best young entrepreneurs because of its intelligent concepts for sustainable power generation and transportation that have a low environmental impact.
The LEC's ambitious goal is to create the foundation for a quantum leap in technology to the next generation of gas and dual fuel engines.
It was only in December 2015 that a new climate agreement was signed by all 194 member states of the UN Climate Change Conference and thus the follow up to the Kyoto Protocol was determined: to prevent the further increase in global warming, global greenhouse gas emissions must be reduced by 40 to 70 percent by 2050. By 2030, the EU plans to reduce emissions of CO2 by at least 40 percent compared with 1990. The LEC’s sustainable solutions for large engines significantly contribute to this reduction in CO2 and air pollutant emissions.Climate protection is not simply a matter of lowering CO2 emissions; environmental pollutants such as nitric oxide and hydrocarbons must also be decreased.
Large engines create particularly high levels of emissions. Innovative concepts for reducing emissions in this area are thus in demand as never before. At the LEC, we deal with this topic very extensively. We are working on increasing the efficiency of these engines, thereby diminishing the amount of CO2 emissions into our environment. Higher efficiency also reduces fuel consumption and thus operating costs. What’s more, reducing environmental pollutants is another immensely important part of our research. -Andreas Wimmer, CEO
derStandard.at, 2. Dezember 2015