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How to Make the Heavy-Duty Sector Sustainable

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Drive systems in the heavy-duty sector must also be optimised in terms of fuel consumption and emissions. The Heavy-Duty, On- and Off-Highway Engines 2023 shows ways and solutions. 

With its emissions targets and legislation, the European Union (EU) is aiming for emission-free road transport by 2050. One fifth of the carbon dioxide emitted in the EU is caused by transport. Light and heavy commercial vehicles account for around 38 % of this. In view of these requirements for climate neutrality, emissions must be reduced. Thomas Nickels, Senior Vice President Engineering Drivetrain, Cabin & Chassis at MAN Truck & Bus SE, and Dr. Frank Opferkuch, Professor for Decentralised Energy Conversion and Storage at Nuremberg Institute of Technology Georg Simon Ohm, will explain how zero-emission transport can be achieved in their keynote speech at the MTZ Conference Heavy-Duty, On- and Off-Highway Engines 2023 in Nuremberg. They discuss the most promising energy sources for a sustainable future.

Specifically, this means that half of the vehicles sold by MAN in the EU should have an emission-free drive by 2030; from 2040, all new commercial vehicles sold should be free from fossil fuels. In addition to purely battery-electric drives, MAN is also looking at hydrogen-based drive systems. Two technologies are currently being pursued in pre-development projects: Hydrogen combustion engines and hydrogen fuel cells. In addition, existing fleets need to be converted for the use of regenerative fuels.

In order to further accelerate the transformation towards emission-free drives and to research commercial vehicle drives of the future, MAN has founded the Future Driveline Campus together with the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg and the Georg Simon Ohm Technical University of Nuremberg. The first projects in the fields of batteries and fuel cells have already been launched.

Focus on CO2 neutrality and sustainability

The main topics of the "Heavy-Duty, On- and Off-Highway Engines 2023" conference have included sustainable drives, pollutant and CO2 reduction as well as components, trends and methods. 200 participants from 14 countries have heard a keynote speech on the second day of the event by Dr. Markus Münz, Deputy Managing Director Engines and Systems at VDMA, on the "Legislative tsunami from Brussels". The 18th conference has been complemented by a guided tour of the MAN Truck & Bus SE engine plant in Nuremberg.

Conference on Heavy-Duty-, On- und Off-Highway-Motoren 2023

The MTZ Conference on Heavy-Duty, On- and Off-Highway Engines 2023 has focused on the implementation of CO2 neutrality and sustainability in the heavy-duty sector. ATZlive organised the event on 7 and 8 November 2023 in Nuremberg. The 18th International MTZ Conference on on Heavy-Duty Engines has offered engine developers and designers of commercial vehicles, mobile machinery, marine and stationary systems a platform to gather and exchange information on system optimisation and component development for power units. The co-operation partner of the symposium was KST-Motorenversuch GmbH & Co. KG.

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