DETROIT, Mich.–Project Lowbrasys, an effort to reduce the emissions from vehicles produced while braking, wrapped up with good results.
Initiated in September 2015, co-financed by the European Horizon 2020 program and coordinated by Brembo, the project reached its goal by innovating tech advancements that reduced emissions, specifically particles emitted, by 60% and 90%.
The innovations developed include applying a ceramic coating for the surface, capable of reducing particulate emissions by 60%-90%; software changes that allow for a 40% reduction in the number of emitted particles and a 20% reduction in the overall mass; a capture system that allows reduction of emitted particles between 15% and 50% and reduce emissions by 10%-30%. And more.
The project also resulted in a coming smartphone app that will monitor emissions and encourage drivers to adopt a more eco-friendly driving and braking style.
The Lowbrasys’ set of low-emission braking solutions open application possibilities for new vehicles, and now development work will be carried out by industry and academic centers in Europe to implement the new approaches on new vehicles, as wells as in the aftermarket for used vehicles.
According to Roberto Vavassori, Chief Business Development & Marketing Officer, Brembo SpA, the Lowbrasys project proved to be an excellent example of fruitful cooperation between industry, academia and research institutions. “Our challenging target, which has been fully achieved, is now paving the way for a new set of braking products to be manufactured in Europe, thus increasing the competitiveness of our respective countries in providing more eco-friendly, sustainable solutions for evolving mobility needs.”
“I would like to thank the EU Commission for their support and timeliness and express my gratitude to all Lowbrasys members for their dedication and effectiveness,” Vavassori added.