The MAXIMA consortium comprises 11 partners hailing from 6 European Union Member States. The consortium unites research teams and companies from every stage of the value chain – spanning from raw material suppliers to car manufacturers, as well as a recycling company – in order to tackle the principal technological and scientific obstacles in the fields of electromagnetics, mechanics, and thermodynamics.
The École nationale supérieure d’arts et métiers (ENSAM) is a prestigious French engineering institution with a rich history dating back to 1780. ENSAM is represented in this project by the Laboratory of Electrical Engineering and Power Electronics, based at the ENSAM Lille campus. This campus is known for its cutting-edge research, innovative teaching methodologies, and strong industry connections. ENSAM’s involvement in the MAXIMA project demonstrates the institution’s dedication to advancing scientific knowledge and its prominent position in the field of engineering.
Lille University (Université de Lille) is a French public research university located in the city of Lille. It was established in 1854 and is one of the largest universities in France, with over 67,000 students and 6,300 faculty and staff members.
NIDEC PSA Emotors specializes in the design and manufacture of electric traction motors for electric and hybrid vehicles, with a focus on high efficiency and power density. The company’s products are used in various vehicles, including passenger cars, light commercial vehicles, and other types of electric vehicles.
The Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) is a prestigious technical university located in Barcelona, Spain, that offers a wide range of degree programs in engineering, architecture, and technology-related fields. Within the MAXIMA project, two research groups are involved: the Centre Tecnològic de Transferència de Calor (CTTC) and the Centre d’Innovació Tecnològica en Convertidors Estàtics i Accionaments (CITCEA).
The CTTC research activities revolve around two key areas. The first focuses on the mathematical formulation, numerical resolution, and experimental validation of fluid dynamics and heat and mass transfer phenomena. This includes topics such as convection, turbulence modeling, combustion, two-phase flow, phase change, radiation, porous media, numerical algorithms, high-performance computing, and more. The second area applies the knowledge gained from these studies to optimize thermal systems and equipment from a thermal and fluid dynamic perspective.
The CITCEA research group focuses on power electronics and drives, with the goal of developing sustainable and efficient energy systems. The group’s research areas include renewable energy sources, electric vehicles, energy storage, and power quality, among others. CITCEA also provides consulting services and collaborates with industry partners to develop and implement innovative solutions.
Höganäs AB is a Swedish multinational company that specializes in the production and supply of iron and metal powders. The company was founded in 1797 and is headquartered in Höganäs, Sweden. Höganäs AB produces a wide range of iron and metal powders, which are used in various applications, including automotive, aerospace, energy, and industrial manufacturing. The company’s products are known for their high quality and consistency, and they are manufactured using sustainable production methods.
OCAS (OnderzoeksCentrum voor de Aanwending van Staal) is a market-oriented research centre providing steel and metal-based products, services and solutions, to metal processing companies worldwide. It is located in Belgium. OCAS anticipates its customer’s needs by developing alloys and coatings, by producing and testing samples and co-develop steel applications. As the unique R&D centre of ArcelorMittal for electrical steel product development, OCAS is at the forefront of the global transition, developing new and ever better electrical steel products for future e-motors. To support our material research activities, OCAS relies on an advanced electromagnetic characterisation laboratory, well equipped to fully characterise all magnetic and electrical aspects of electrical steel and its coating. OCAS speeds up the R&D processes of its customers through a specialized multi-disciplinary approach combined with innovative testing methodologies. OCAS has a highly qualified team of over 150 researchers and engineers with an international orientation.
STELLANTIS is a multinational automotive company formed in 2021 from the merger of two major car manufacturers, PSA Group (Peugeot, Citroen, DS) and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) (Fiat, Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, RAM, Alfa Romeo, Maserati). The company is headquartered in Amsterdam, Netherlands, and operates in over 130 countries worldwide. The company has a strong focus on innovation and sustainability, with a goal of becoming a leader in the transition to cleaner, more efficient mobility.
4Multiphysics is a company that specializes in the design and optimization of electrical machines through a multidisciplinary approach. They are located in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, and their services include mechanical design, analytical calculations, structural simulations, thermal and fluid dynamics assessments, as well as multiphysics workflows through numerical methods.
EVERGi, one of the five research groups of MOBI/ Electromobility Research Centre, is part of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) located in Brussels, Belgium, and which focuses on sustainable energy systems. The group conducts research in various areas related to energy, including renewable energy sources, energy storage, and energy efficiency. The group’s research projects aim to develop innovative solutions for a more sustainable energy future, with a focus on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and promoting energy security.
The group’s research activities cover a wide range of areas, including energy policy, smart grids, energy management, and energy storage technologies.
MIMplus Technologies GmbH & Co. KG is a German company specialized in production of metal components via the Metal Injection Molding (MIM) technology.
MIMplus provides a wide range of MIM solutions for various industries, including medical technology, automotive, aerospace, and consumer electronics. The company’s MIM technology allows for the production of high-quality metal parts with complex geometries and tight tolerances, with a focus on achieving high strength, durability, and corrosion resistance.
MIMplus Technologies also offers design and engineering support, prototyping, and testing services. The company has a strong focus on innovation and continuous improvement, with a commitment to developing new MIM solutions. A remarkable and innovative technology from MIMplus is the production of complex shaped NdFeB permanent magnets via MIM.