Low carbon vehicle engineering takes centre stage at the inaugural ‘Automotive Engineering’ show 2012, within the Advanced Engineering UK group of events.
In the two sessions currently scheduled, speakers from MIRA, Emerald Automotive, Inrekor, ANSYS and others are due to present on a range of subjects from the low carbon and ultra-low carbon vehicle engineering agenda.
Ian Stone, Event Director for the 2012 Advanced Engineering UK group of events comments, “Low carbon vehicles are at the very heart of the UK’s advanced engineering agenda, reflecting continued government backed activity designed to accelerate innovation and stimulate development of sustainable supply chains to make the UK an acknowledged global centre of excellence in the design, development and manufacture of low carbon vehicles. These sessions aim to provide a snapshot of some of the most exciting activity – touching on recent and current low carbon collaborative R & D programmes (backed by the Technology Strategy Board), focusing on current low carbon vehicle prototype and production models, and providing insight into ‘specific’ breakthrough enabler technologies and processes – in materials, energy storage, etc. – contributing to energy efficient (and low carbon) vehicle design and development.”
Lisa Bingley, Project Engineer at MIRA, will talk on key technologies developed within the multi-million pound Low Carbon Vehicle Technology Project to accelerate introduction of next generation Ultra Low Carbon Vehicles (LCV) to market, focusing on the fifteen technical research and development work streams in areas such as batteries, motors, aerodynamics and systems integration, plus some of the technologies and capabilities developed.
Freddy Page-Roberts, Sales Director at Inrekor, is expected to provide an insight into their lightweight automotive structure technology – reducing weight to minimise carbon emissions, extend range and increase load capacity. Inrekor intelligent and adaptable sandwich panel technology, using tensile layers and an ARPRO core, provides 30-40% weight savings with strength and performance enhancements.
Ian Collins, Technical Director at Emerald Automotive’s European Vehicle Engineering Centre, is due to talk on the development of a ‘Lightweight, Ultra Low Carbon Emissions Delivery Van’. The TSB part-funded project has developed a concept for a Range Extended Electric Van meeting payload, range and economic fundamentals; allowing fleet buyers to greatly reduce their carbon footprint. The presentation will focus on the market and fundamental drivers for this type of vehicle, objectives of the TSB project, the lightweight construction methods used, and an overview of the chosen vehicle architecture and component specification.
Further planned contributions include ANSYS UK, speaking on the latest simulation technology supporting advances in areas such as fuel cells, hybrid electric vehicles, energy recovery systems and aerodynamics. Dennis Hayter, Vice President of Business Development and External Programmes at Intelligent Energy, and Chair of the UK Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (UK HFCA), intends to talk about developing a hydrogen market in the UK – FCEV and H2 infrastructure pathways.
As part of the Automotive Engineering show 2012 range of exhibits, special feature areas will include a ‘low carbon vehicle engineering’ showcase, hosted and supported by Intelligent Energy and Emerald Automotive.
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