With 160 million tons, road traffic causes about 20% of the total CO2 emissions in Germany. One way to decrease these emissions is to reduce the weight of vehicles through functional lightweight construction. The research project "CO2-HyChain" aims to advance research into innovative lightweight construction and to further develop existing solutions for the production of high-strength aluminium and hybrid aluminium-steel tailor-welded blanks. The goal is to significantly reduce CO2 emissions caused by automobiles
The “CO2-HyChain” project has successfully started by establishing a consortium of three institutes of the University of Stuttgart and 9 industrial partners under the leadership of the Materials Testing Institute University of Stuttgart (MPA). With funding of 5.7 million euros and a duration of three years, this is the largest project to date funded by the technology transfer programme "The Lightweighting Initiative" of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi).
For more information, please see this Press release of the University of Stuttgart (German only)