Faurecia Clean Mobility invests in energy recovery technology, renames R&D center
Faurecia, announced its investment in the French startup, Enogia to enhance its energy recovery technology. Founded in 2009 and based in Marseille, the startup, which employs 30 people, has developed and patented a hermetic, compact high-speed turbine that recovers heat and converts it into electricity.
Faurecia believes Enogia's technologies are well suited to commercial vehicles, trucks, and high horsepower engines (marine transport and generators). The investment by Faurecia will enable it to grow rapidly in these market segments.
Yves Dumoulin, Vice President of Strategy at Faurecia Clean Mobility, said, "Enogia's technology enables Faurecia to expand its portfolio of energy recovery solutions. We are pleased to invest in an innovative French start-up that already has several national and international achievements to its name."
Arthur Leroux, CEO of Enogia, commented, "Faurecia has emerged as the best partner to support our development, at a time when Enogia is posting the strongest growth of any French cleantech company. Faurecia is an industrial company that boasts leading-edge innovation in clean mobility and shares our goal of becoming the world leader in converting waste heat to electricity for transportation and industry applications."
In another recent announcement, Faurecia Clean Mobility renamed its R&D center in Columbus, IN, to Clean Mobility Crossroads. Faurecia says this rebranding is a continuation of its focus on Smart Life On Board and Sustainable Mobility. Clean Mobility Crossroads is a reflection of Faurecia's commitment to clean innovation and future mobility, according to the company.
Faurecia provides clean mobility solutions for various types of powertrains, and it says it's committed to using breakthrough digital technology to monitor real-time emissions and foster eco-mobility, ultimately making cities cleaner.
For city commuters, Faurecia has created the Clean Drive application that will analyze mobility behavior and give personalized advice to improve driving habits to reduce the emissions footprint. The app will also incentivize the driver and propose alternative routes to avoid more polluted areas. The citizen could receive credits to benefit specific incentives from the city such as free parking, access to fast lane, or discounts on public transport. Through a gamification system, the driver can also challenge friends to be more responsible and be the best ranked. The app will be available on App Store and Android platforms.
To help cities to improve air quality, Faurecia has developed a city dashboard mapping air quality at street level and interacting with Clean Drive app users. To restrain the polluted areas, the city air quality and traffic control managers can notify citizens directly and implement specific incentives through the Clean Drive app.
The two solutions—Clean Drive App and City Dashboard—form a digital ecosystem helping cities and their citizens to lead to a more sustainable mobility. A mid-sized European city will pilot this solution from Q1 2018.
For more information, go to http://www.faurecia.com.