CMP - Center for Mobile Propulsion



Networked system development for hybrid drive systems

Research Goals

The Center for Mobile Propulsion is researching hybrid drive systems for mobile applications. The core objectives are to increase the efficiency in the operation of mobile drives and to reduce their environmental impact. To achieve this, a new generation of electrified drives is needed whose development requires a networked and interdisciplinary development environment.

To this end, important questions are discussed and investigated in the fields of:

  • Real-time modeling of technical systems
  • Co-simulation of different models
  • Coupling of virtual and real systems
  • Control and regulation of complex systems and improvement of operational management

concerning various components and system structures.

Professorships Involved

Faculty of Mechanical Engineering - Faculty 4

Chair and Institute of Control Engineering (IRT)
Head of Institute: Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dirk Abel

Institute of Automotive Engineering (ika)
Head of Institute: Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Lutz Eckstein

Institute for Machine Elements and System Engineering (iMSE)
Head of Institute: Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Georg Jacobs

Institute for Combustion Engines (VKA)
Head of Institute: Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Stefan Pischinger

Lehr- und Forschungsgebiet Kontaktmechanik
Head of Institute: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Roger A. Sauer

Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology - Faculty 6

Lehrstuhl und Institut für Stromrichtertechnik und Elektrische Antriebe (ISEA)
Head of Institute: Univ.-Prof. Dr. ir. Dr. h. c. Rik W. De Doncker

Chair of Electromagnetic Energy Conversion and Institute of Electrical Machines (IEM)
Head of Institute: Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr.h.c. dr hab. Kay Hameyer

Institute for High Voltage Technology (ifht)
Head of Institute: Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Armin Schnettler

Existing Infrastructure 

Existing test benches::

  • Commissioning test benches
  • Transmission test benches, 2 wheel drive
  • Combustion engine test benches up to 600 kW
  • Battery test benches / Cell test stands
  • Powertrain test benches
  • E-motor test benches
  • Fuel cell test stands
  • Stack test benches

Workshop areas:

  • Mechanical workshop
  • Motor assembly
  • Construction workshop
  • Electrics and Electronics
  • Measuring technology and exhaust gas measuring technology
  • Chemistry Lab

Supply Infrastructure

  • Fuel Supply 
    • with approx. 160000L and 20 different liquid fuels
    • Supply lines on 4 test benches for natural gas
  •  Heating and cooling supply
  • Conditioning systems for air, fuel, oil and coolants


CoacHyfied – "Coaches with hydrogen fuel cell powertrains for regional and long-distance passenger transport with energy optimized powertrains and cost optimized design"

BiFoilStack - "Development of stack designs for LT-PEM fuel cells with novel compound bipolar foils"

GINI - "Robot for flexible automatic charging of electric vehicles"

HylnooPEM - "Mobile drives with advanced fuel cell systems - condition monitoring and robust control taking degradation into account"

HylnnoICE - " Development of a vehicle with highly innovative hydrogen combustion engine"

HylnnoSys - " Innovation-supporting measures for market preparation, networking and technology and knowledge transfer"

HylnnoSOFC - " High-temperature fuel cells with flexible fuel utilization for self-sufficient energy supply"

Hy-Nets4all – "Holistic development and validation platform to optimize electrified driving in urban areas"

Reforce HIL – "Realtime for Fuel Cell Hardware-in-the-Loop"

mobilEM – "Integrated Energy Supply Modules for Roadbound E-Mobility"