Company: Modelon

Modelon’s competence is the computer simulation of multi-physical technical systems, especially focused on electric and hybrid cars. The product offerings are system simulation software tools designed by Modelon and used by development engineers as well as engineering and consulting services.

Project: Simulation of E-Mobility

By simulating the complex functional relationships of electric and hybrid cars Modelon’s solutions can contribute to improvements in future vehicles’ energy management, functional development and operational strategy. It will help to reduce emissions and energy consumption.

From space to industry

The approach of system simulation was initially picked up by aerospace engineers and researchers. Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR) has used it, among others, for the development of space robots and other robotics applications and thereby has contributed significantly to the break-through of this technology.

To adopt the basic technology of system simulation, additional libraries for simulating automotive and energy applications have been designed and programmed by Modelon and others.

The benefit of this technology was expressed by BMW’s human resources director Ernst Baumann in an interview with VDI-Nachrichten in 2008, “Development hardware, i.e. test components and special tools, is a huge cost pool in the research and development sector. We eminently want to save money by using virtual simulation methods, in order to save the number of real prototypes and thereby reduce the development effort.”

Modelon has already grown to a staff of 17 and sells its services to technology leading automotive companies like Audi, BMW, Daimler and MAN.

ESA business Incubation

Johannes Gerl
Johannes Gerl

Johannes Gerl is the co-founder of Modelon GmbH hosted at ESA's Business Incubation Center in Anwendungszentrum Oberpfaffenhofen (ESA BIC Oberpfaffenhofen).

It receives support from the incubator in terms of funding, office space, public relations, business contacts and contacts to research institutions.


Modelon GmbH is being hosted at the ESA BIC Oberpfaffenhofen from October 2009 to October 2011.


Johannes Gerl
Phone +49 8105 77277-25

Modelon GmbH
Friedrichshafener Str. 1
D-82205 Gilching

Modelon website

Last update: 23 September 2011

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