Michael Balthasar, Technology Area Director for New Technology
Nov 15, 2011.
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Speaker Biography (Michael Balthasar)
Michael Balthasar is the director for the area of new technologies at Volvo Technology being responsible for scouting and scanning of new technologies. Volvo Technology is the research and innovation center of the Volvo Group which is one of the world's largest truck and heavy-duty engine manufacture.
Michael has a long experience in fuel and combustion research for Diesel engines and other energy conversion systems. He joined Volvo Technology in 2004 and was prior to his present position responsible for combustion system and fuels research at Volvo Technology.
Michael has a master degree in chemistry from the University in Kaiserslautern in Germany and holds a PhD in physics from Lund University in Sweden. Michael also spent two years at the University of Cambridge, UK, as a Junior Research Fellow in Chemical Engineering and one year at the UC Berkeley as a Humboldt research fellow in mechanical engineering.
Company Profile (Volvo Technology)
Volvo GTT Advanced Technology & Research is a business unit within the Volvo Group with head office in Gothenburg, Sweden, and offices in France, United States, India and China. Volvo Advanced Technology & Research has more than 400 employees and is the research and innovation center that on contract basis invents, researches, develops, and integrates new products and business concepts and technology for hard as well as soft products within the transport and vehicle industry. We work primarily in the key technology areas: soft products, production, vehicle, propulsion & alternative drives, electronics, and methods. Our primary customers are the companies of the Volvo Group and Volvo Cars Corporation, but also selected suppliers. In addition, Volvo Advanced Technology & Research participates in national and international projects in certain strategic areas. Apart from research and development, Volvo Advanced Technology & Research offers specialist services in key expert functions: intellectual property protection, standardization and information retrieval. We develop functions, structures, and technologies for soft products, transport systems, complete vehicles, powertrains, vehicle electronics, manufacturing, maintenance, and much more.