APC in Pole Position at the Low Carbon Racing Conference
NEC, Birmingham, 7 January 2015: The Advanced Propulsion Centre is today meeting with the motorsport industry to continue the rapid transfer of innovative racing technology into low carbon propulsion products developed in the UK.
Two of the current projects funded by the APC use innovative systems developed on the racetrack and the organisation is actively seeking more opportunities to invest in other technologies that can transfer to automotive products on and off road.
APC and partner projects committed so far worth £180 million will safeguard 2,500 jobs and reduce CO2 emissions equivalent to the output of 250,000 cars per year over the next decade*. Up to £100 million is now available during 2015.
Speaking at the Low Carbon Racing Conference at the NEC in Birmingham, Chief Executive Tony Pixton said:
‘The Advanced Propulsion Centre has already successfully enabled the transfer of low carbon propulsion technology from the racetrack into mainstream automotive production and we’re looking to build this portfolio.
‘The UK is a global leader in motorsport and the APC wants to engage with any company that is developing great prototype low carbon propulsion technology for racing and we can help to bring it to new markets, developed in Great Britain and Northern Ireland.’
The APC helps forge partnerships between those who have good ideas and those who can bring them to market. The services provided by the APC enable projects which provide profitable growth and sustainable opportunities for the partners involved and contribute to the UK’s economic prosperity.
* The CO2 savings achieved as a result of the projects committed by the APC is calculated by government economists at 5 million tonnes over a period of 12 years. Assuming an average CO2 emission of 128.3g/km for a passenger car**, averaging 13,196 km (8,200 miles) *** per year this equates to 1.69 tonnes of CO2 per year per car. Total CO2 savings of 5 million tonnes during a 12 year period averages out at the equivalent of the impact of 246,548 vehicles per year during this time.
** SMMT New Car CO2 report 2014. *** DfT National Travel Survey published July 2013.
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The Advanced Propulsion Centre – www.apcuk.co.uk
The Advanced Propulsion Centre was formed in 2013 from a commitment between the government and automotive industry through the Automotive Council to position the UK as a global centre of excellence for low carbon powertrain development and production. It is a central pillar of the Industrial Strategy created by the Automotive Council.
The Advanced Propulsion Centre UK Limited (APC) is a private limited company, an industry wide collaboration of innovators and producers of low carbon propulsion systems. It facilitates partnerships between those who have good ideas and those who can bring them to market. The services provided by the APC enable projects which provide profitable growth and sustainable opportunities for the partners involved. Each programme enhances the UK’s position as a Propulsion Nation and contributes to the country’s economic prosperity.
The government and industry have each committed to provide £500 million to the APC during its 10 year programme. The activity in this £1 billion project will be delivered through a small team working across the UK from a central Hub located at the University of Warwick and regional Spoke locations.
The first investments by the APC in 2014 cover six project consortia:
- Ford and their partners will receive a £13.1 million grant for their £100 million programme to upgrade the award winning EcoBoost engine. This will accelerate the introduction of advanced low carbon technologies to deliver improved fuel efficiency and lower emissions.
- GKN Land Systems and their partners will receive a £7.5 million grant as part of a £16 million project to apply motorsport energy recovery technology for use in buses. The Gyrodrive system is designed to save the braking energy of a bus as it slows to stop and use it to accelerate the bus back up to speed. By avoiding wasting the energy every time a bus stops the system is projected to deliver fuel savings in the order of 25%.
- Cummins and their partners will receive a £4.9 million grant for a £9.9 million project to deliver significant reductions in carbon emissions from bus engines through the development of new stop-start diesel engine technology. This will improve fuel consumption by 10 to 18%.
- JCB and their partner Flybrid will receive a £3.3 million grant as part of a £7.3 million project to apply Formula 1 technology for use in diggers. This will reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions resulting in a substantially reduced carbon footprint for construction projects using this machinery. On average, the carbon emissions of a single 20 tonne excavator will be reduced by an estimated 16 tonnes per year.
- Jaguar Land Rover and their partners will receive £32 million for two new projects to research manufacturing technology for electric motors and develop cleaner internal combustion engines.
The Third APC Funding Competition
The competition for the third round of investments opened in November 2014 with up to £100 million available and closes on 14 January 2015. The winners will be announced in Spring 2015. Applications are invited from consortia with low carbon propulsion technology projects between £5m and £40 million for technology that is at Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 6 and Manufacturing Readiness Level (MRL) 4.