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3rd edition of IFP School’s MOOC on Sustainable Mobility

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The IFP School MOOC (Massive Open On-line Course) on “Sustainable mobility: technical and environmental challenges for the automotive sector”, launched in 2014 and awarded “best training device for Education” by the Cegos group, will soon come out with a new edition.

Due to the high number of participants in 2014 and 2015 (the first two editions had gathered over 8300 people worldwide) and the high completion rate of this MOOC, a 3rd edition will be launched on 20th February 2017 with several novelties. These will include a virtual reality visit of a test bench and a contest that will allow 5 participants to win virtual reality glasses.

IFP School MOOC 2017 details

After successfully completing this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the different energies sources, the importance of oil and how it is used in transport and its consequences regarding the environment
  • Explain the operation of a 4-stroke engine
  • Explain the specifications of gasoline and diesel and the objectives of each unit during the crude refining process
  • Explain the engine’s efficiency, the power and the torque
  • Explain the formation of pollutant emissions, identify the techniques used to reduce emissions and consumption and finally identify the different after treatment systems
  • List the pros and the cons of hybrids and explain how they work; list the various alternative fuels used, and finally describe possible solutions for reducing dependency on petroleum products –e.g. car sharing or ecodriving.

The MOOC is for free, it is 4 weeks long, it takes 2 to 3 hours of work per week and the successful completion leads to a Certificate of achievements.



In week 1, you will explore the international energy scene and the global economic environment, so as to better understand the major energy issues. You will also discover the environmental regulations which work to improve efficiency in the automotive sector.

In week 2, after a technical introduction to engines, we will study the basic concepts of fuels and refining. We will take a look at how diesel and gasoline are produced respecting the technical specifications of different countries.

In week 3, you will first discover engine design and powertrain components. You will then study the formation of pollutants in engines and the technology used to reduce these emissions such as after-treatment systems. Finally you will understand how a diesel engine optimization is performed.

And the final week will be the opportunity to draw up a panorama of technologies being developed at present. We will interview experts from IFP Energies nouvelles and ask them to identify technologies worth exploring such as hybrids, biofuels or hydrogen. We will also cover new initiatives that are being developed such as car sharing, carpooling and smart driving.

To sign-up, follow this link: IFP School

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