MUNICH -- As it strives to be a leader developing new greener technologies, Faurecia is expanding its research and development center for exhaust systems in Bavans, France.
"We are integrating it with the neighboring development center in Beaulieu to significantly improve the meshing of basic development and customer projects," said Frederic Lueder, who is European development manager at the Faurecia Emissions Control Technologies subsidiary. The unit has a total of 7,000 employees.
The integration will result in a 340-employee center in Bavans.
Lueder says one of the crucial themes of the future is "how the enormous energy of exhaust gases can be used."
In one example, heat exchangers remove the waste heat that is generated. The heat is then used to warm up engine and transmission oil. This use of waste heat reduces friction, which in turn saves fuel.
Those exchangers are now in series production.
"In this way, we avoid additional users of electricity in start-stop and hybrid vehicles," Lueder said. "I am assuming that these applications will be found in many vehicles in the near future, boosting our contribution to CO2 reduction once again."