The Slovenia Times

Hidria co-creating clean diesel technology of the future


With its break-through innovative system Optymus PSG, Hidria largely contributes to further development of green environment-friendly diesel technologies of the future. This is one of the greatest achievements of the contemporary Slovenian industry, largely resounding also at the European and global levels. Optymus PSG is installed in the diesel engine combustion chamber. It measures data on the pressure in the engine more than 100,000 times a second and communicates them via microelectronics and digital algorithm to the central engine computer. The system thus optimises in real time the injection of fuel and other parameters that are crucial for optimal combustion. Consequently, fuel consumption and emissions drop radically.

As of this year, Hidria's Opymus PSG system is already built in modern diesel cars by the world's largest manufacturers of such cars, including the Volkswagen Group with its popular car makes Audi, VW, Seat and Škoda. Their new diesel engines thus meet all current and new emission regulations that will enter into force in 2020.

In the last five years, Hidria invested over EUR 25 million in the development and industrialisation of the Optymus PSG system, which will soon be part of the equipment of every third modern diesel car in Europe and which is protected by as many as 15 international patents. The high-technology and fully automated production line for manufacturing the system, which was developed and manufactured in Hidria, is the most modern in the world. It is constructed according to the industry 4.0 principle by means of laser welding. Owing to an innovative use of the industrial vision system, it enables full production traceability.

In this way, Hidria enables development of green mobility of the future, part of which are and will be clean and highly efficient internal combustion engines. The solemn opening of the line in Tolmin was therefore also attended by the European Commissionaire for Transport Violeta Bulc, who emphasises that, in the last year, the Commission has presented a series of strategies for transport decarbonisation and environmental protection: "By 2030, the average CO2 emissions of new cars and vans must be 30% lower than in 2021. Besides, by 2050 we wish to realise the vision of zero deaths and severe injuries, zero emissions and zero paper."

If we wish to achieve zero level of pollution by 2050, break-trough innovations and new technologies, which simultaneously contribute to the European global competitiveness, are indispensable: "I'm glad that such highly innovative technology is being developed in Slovenia and that a high-technology line for developing green diesel technology is being opened, and that big steps are made in the car industry, contributing to cleaner and healthier environment," adds the European Commissionaire.

In the meanwhile Hidria, showing responsibility to the environment and people, intensifies the development of green technologies of the future both in the area of internal combustion engines and electric motor drives, thus providing clean, efficient and friendly solutions for green mobility of the future.




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