In its early days, OBRIST Engineering had a focus on the development of fuel cell technology for vehicles and on R744 compressors for stationary and mobile applications. Obrist Engineering was among the pioneers regarding the transfer of the natural refrigerant R744 into mobile applications. The first R744-based compressors for mobile a/c systems (MAC) were developed and designed by Obrist Engineering. The first vehicles on the road with R744-based a/c systems on board were built up and tested by Obrist Engineering.
These technological breakthroughs and the track record of the business were honoured in 2000 and in 2001 when Obrist Engineering was granted the Innovation Award of the Austrian province Vorarlberg and the Austrian State Award.
Starting in 2002 Obrist Engineering started to establish co-operation agreements in the US, China, Japan and Korea aimed at promoting Obrist’s compressor technologies.
In 2007 Obrist Engineering accelerated the roll-out of R744-based systems in Europe.
In 2009 OBRIST Technologies Inc. was founded in California to provide engineering services to Obrist’s American clients on the West Coast and in Michigan.
In 2011 Obrist Powertrain was founded in Austria. This affiliate business focuses on the development of the HyperHybrid technologies.
Quality and Safety
For us product quality and safety is not just about ensuring universal compliance with the international QS 9001 standards, but about making quality happen and about achieving environmental, health and safety (EHS) excellence and about defining test procedures for compressors, expanders and heat pumps under the most severe conditions.
It is about investing into fail-safe designs as well as fail-secure designs during the development, about extended testing of the components and about deploying efficient quality management tools.
Obrist Engineering operates various test stands for compressors, expanders, heat pumps and other system components. Obrist’s test stands have set the standards for certain applications, so that other industry participants have purchased their testing equipment at Obrist.
A strict policy is defined regarding co-operations with external testing services providers. Only service providers compliant with the highest quality standards are awarded business by us.
Our Global Footprint
What we do
Obrist Engineering has emerged as the technology leader for R744-based a/c systems.
Obrist Engineering develops compressors, scroll expanders and heat pumps that define global benchmarks in terms of energy-efficiency, sustainability, cost-efficiency and usability.
During the last decade Obrist Engineering has expanded its competencies to other thermodynamic processes next to the air-conditioning process.
Its thermodynamic competencies include the following areas
- Air-conditioning and cooling process
- Organic Rankine cycle
- Heat pump process
- Thermal management of electric drives, batteries, combustion engines and vehicle cabins.
Next to passenger car applications Obrist Engineering has transferred its
thermodynamic competencies to other applications areas as well.
Global industrial corporations and leading component suppliers are co-operating with the engineering team of Obrist Engineering comprising more than 25 engineers and technicians.
The R744-related expertise and the design skills of Obrist Engineering have led to a number of innovations in stationary and mobile applications and various improvements with respect to energy and cost efficiency as well.
Backed by Obrist Engineering its business clients succeeded with a number of innovations in their respective markets during the last years.
These innovations include the first R744-based vending machines for soft drinks, combined R744-based a/c-heat pump systems for commercial buildings, R744-based transport cooling and supermarket refrigeration systems with minimal operating costs.
Obrist Engineering has been awarded key patents for its technology and designs, the patent applications have been filed internationally and in most instances with specific countries in the regions of North America, Europe and Asia.
The international patents of Obrist are licensed to selected partners and are industrialized globally.
Obrist Engineering is one of the few technology companies being able to provide thermal management-related engineering services for electrified vehicles and technologies to the automotive industry. Both industry pioneers Tesla Motors and Fisker Automotive worked with Obrist Engineering regarding the thermal management of battery electric vehicles and of plug-in hybrids.
During the last two decades the executive engineers of Obrist Powertrain have gained extensive experience and profound competencies in the field of thermal management and design of power-train components. Obrist Powertrain develops components for all categories of electrified vehicles. Its range of components include cost-efficient Lithium-ion batteries, battery management systems and cooling systems as well as ultra-compact generator-integrated engines (HICE) and range extenders. In addition to the component technologies Obrist Powertrain provides its clients with an open control system and an integration platform – the HyperHybrid.
HyperHybrid – the series plug-in hybrid system by Obrist Powertrain– features the advantages of an electric power-train without any compromise on range or road capabilities. Due to its structural modularity, compact dimensions and low weight HyperHybrid system is applicable to all vehicle lines and categories.
Furthermore Obrist Engineering was able to leverage its expertise in thermal management of vehicles significantly. With the rise of electrified vehicles it became obvious that an improved thermal management of the vehicle’s key components is mandatory to achieve the intended road capabilities and energy efficiency levels. In contrast to conventional – combustion engine-based – propulsion systems electrified vehicles, namely the hybrid-electric vehicles and the battery electric vehicles, do require an integrated thermal management of the batteries, the generator, the engines and the vehicle cabin.
The growing demand of international OEM with respect to technologies for electrified vehicles has led to the foundation of OBRIST Powertrain in 2011. Its fast growing affiliate OBRIST Powertrain was carved out and comprises all power-train and battery related technologies, patents and competencies of Obrist Engineering.