Volvo Group accelerates hydrogen research with PhD scholarships for the internal combustion engine

Volvo Group is further developing the internal combustion engine with hydrogen as a propulsion technology by initiating PhD scholarships dedicated to hydrogen combustion engine technology. Two PhD students will be chosen to conduct their research at Chalmers University of Technology and at Lund University, Sweden, while being employed by  the Volvo Group. Recruitment will start during the first quarter of 2024.
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Volvo Group uses a range of the latest propulsion technologies in its ambition to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emission-enabled products, solutions, and services by 2040. The company is already offering battery-electric solutions and is investing heavily in the field of hydrogen – both for fuel cell applications and as a renewable fuel for combustion engines.

Volvo Group is one of few automotive companies who advocates for the continued research and development of the internal combustion engine to help reach net zero across trucks, buses, construction, marine and industrial solutions. Combustion engine technology has been continuously developed and refined throughout the history of the Volvo Group and is still relevant in today’s and tomorrow’s landscape, alongside new technologies.

“We believe that the future will demand varied propulsion applications to meet our customers’ needs and environmental demands. This is why we are taking a three-pronged approach to propulsion. I see the internal combustion engine running on green hydrogen as another solution of high interest which we are currently testing in our engine labs and test vehicles,” says Lars Stenqvist, Chief Technology Officer Volvo Group.

Volvo Group is establishing the VICE scholarship (Volvo Internal Combustion Engine) to secure continued competence of internal combustion engine technology because of the reduced public funding for academic research in this field of technology and therefore reduced interest among students.

"Hydrogen research at Chalmers, not least with the TechForH2 center, is an exciting and collaborative environment that will be further enriched with the new PhD scholarship," says Martin Nilsson Jacobi, President and CEO, Chalmers University of Technology. "The technology being developed represents further steps in the transition to a fossil-free society. Hydrogen combustion can create robustness and thereby help us cope with many global transition scenarios."

In the last few years, funding for research into internal combustion engines has been reduced and national competence centers have disappeared,” says Annika Olsson, Professor and Dean of Faculty of Engineering, Lund University. “But in order to contribute to reduced dependence on fossil-based fuels and at the same time increase growth for Swedish companies, we need strong education and research on future propulsion technologies, in close collaboration between industry and academia. Hydrogen from surplus electricity is an example of an area where we together have the opportunity to achieve a technological leap for the benefit of the climate."

Once recruited, the successful candidates will become industrial PhD students and will accomplish their research during 2024-2029. The students will be employed by Volvo Group, who will also finance research, supervision, and experimental expenses.

“Our scholarship is an initiative to not only safeguard education of researchers but also to aid the transition to sustainable transportation with one of the three propulsion technologies of the Volvo Group. It’s important for industry and academia to have a strong partnership and we welcome more initiatives to secure long-term knowledge of the internal combustion engine,” says Lars Stenqvist.

 

 

 

January 12, 2024

 

 

 

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The Volvo Group drives prosperity through transport and infrastructure solutions, offering trucks, buses, construction equipment, power solutions for marine and industrial applications, financing and services that increase our customers’ uptime and productivity. Founded in 1927, the Volvo Group is committed to shaping the future landscape of sustainable transport and infrastructure solutions. The Volvo Group is headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden, employs more than 100,000 people and serves customers in almost 190 markets. In 2022, net sales amounted to SEK 473 billion (EUR 45 billion). Volvo shares are listed on Nasdaq Stockholm.

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