The Mobility, Logistics and Automotive Technology Research Centre (MOBI) is nested at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and is a leader in electromobility and socio-economic evaluations for sustainable mobility and logistics. The multidisciplinary team of 65 specialists addresses the challenges that the transport value chain faces, by integrating engineering, economic, social and environmental sciences and policy issues. It delivers social, economic & environmental impact studies, decision-making support, modeling & simulation, engineering and standardization. Over the past 5 years the group participated in 21 EU projects, 59 projects with the industry and 61 projects funded by national organisations.
From a technological perspective, the centre has a leading position in electro-mobility, thanks to its experience of over 40 years in alternative fuels, electric, hybrid and fuel cell vehicles R&D. The centre possesses state-of-the-art infrastructure and models for the testing, development and design of components (batteries, supercapacitors, power converters), vehicle power trains, and inductive & conductive charging infrastructure. Simulation techniques have been developed to define energy-efficient and low-emission power control strategies in hybrid propulsion systems. It offers a unique Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology for the entire automotive sector to analyze the environmental, economic and societal impacts caused by the development and implementation of new vehicle technologies, components, materials and policy measures. Within this proposal MOBI will use the LCA methodological state-of-art and in-house databases to evaluate the environmental performance of the development. Furthermore, The Battery Innovation Centre (BIC) is the main Belgian expertise centre for research and development of energy storage systems for traction and stationary applications. It offers state-of-the-art facilities, tools and solutions for the energy storage systems.
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VUB is internationally recognized in e-mobility and batteries modelling and testing with a strong involvement in many FP7/H2020 projects. VUB will contribute some technical tasks of the PANDA project by bringing well-rounded scientific information related to the modelling activity of the battery system.
On this matter, VUB expects good and fruitful collaboration with the other parent achieving efficiently to the well-defined and scientifically sound goals of PANDA.