Boost Recuperation Machine recognized as EU eco-innovation
The EU has the strictest CO2 legislation in the world for car manufacturers: from 2021, fleet consumption (according to NEDC) may only amount to 95g CO2/km, and in 2025, the threshold will further decrease to 81g CO2 /km. For every gram over that threshold, a fine of 95€ per vehicle will be imposed - a huge challenge for the automotive industry. In addition to the gradual switch to electric vehicles, it is also important to limit CO2 emissions from combustion engines. A feasible solution is the Boost Recuperation Machine (BRM) from SEG Automotive. It converts conventional combustion engines into 48V mild hybrids and thus saves up to 15% on both fuel and CO2 emissions. The EU has now officially recognized the BRM as an eco-innovation, which enables manufacturers to receive an additional CO2 credit of just under 2g CO2/km per vehicle.
The EU recognizes particularly environmentally friendly technologies as eco-innovations and grants CO2-credits for their positive effects in real-world operations. By employing such eco-innovations, vehicle manufacturers can further improve their fleet consumption values. Such credits have been available for SEG Automotive generators since 2015. The BRM is now the only 48V machine that is recognized as an EU eco-innovation. Similar to KERS in Formula 1, the technology recuperates braking energy with a high degree of efficiency and later uses it for increased torque output . It also efficiently and reliably supplies the vehicle’s electrical system. The BRM simply replaces the conventional generator in its space on the belt and transforms the vehicle into a 48V mild hybrid. This eliminates the need for complex and expensive high-voltage protection requirements and wiring harnesses. Only a small 48V battery (~ 0.5-1 kWh) and a DC/DC converter are required to supply the 12V electrical system.
"Comparing possible savings on fines with the low system costs, the switch from 12V to 48V practically finances itself for most manufacturers. In addition, the driver benefits from fuel savings and special features such as comfort-start or additional maximum torque. Last but not least, the environment also benefits - as the EU has confirmed by recognizing the Boost Recuperation Machine as an eco-innovation", explains Dr. Peter Sokol, Chief Operating Officer of SEG Automotive.
For SEG Automotive, the BRM is part of a consistent overall strategy for sustainable and profitable growth: significantly reducing emissions from passenger cars and commercial vehicles and thus contributing to climate protection - worldwide and across all drive technologies.