Center for Automotive Power Electronics and Mechatronics ZKLM

Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Systems and Device Technology

The “Center for Automotive Power Electronics and Mechatronics ZKLM“ is a branch-lab of the Fraunhofer-IISB located in the “Energy Technology Center“  (German abbr.: etz) in Nuremberg. The ZKLM is part of the “Power Electronics System“ department.

In the focus of the research and development work at the ZKLM are power electronic system components for next generation transport operators like two-wheelers, cars, buses, trucks, and airplanes.

New technical solutions for electric mobility are developed based on innovations in the field of power electronics, particularly for all kind of electrical drives, on-board electrical energy management, vehicle-to-grid systems, and electrical energy storages.

About 680 m2 office and laboratory area, including an “electric vehicle manufactory“, are available for the meanwhile more than 20 engineers and technicians. Besides to test vehicles, the ZKLM uses a proprietary hybrid development platform based on an Audi TT. The engineers use this vehicles for the demonstration, prooftesting, and optimization of system components.

Since 2007 the ZKLM is also domicile of the “Materials and Reliability” and “Industrial Power Electronics” groups. The first one is working on new materials as well as on reliability, lifetime, and robustness issues of power electronic systems in the context of individual application requirements, and mission profiles. The group “Industrial Power Electronics” develops components for power engineering (mega watt power electronic).