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The second wave of TDAP competitions is now open, to find out more – click here

Developing a new technology or application is an exciting process but it is often extremely challenging and requires a diverse skill set. The Advanced Propulsion Centre is here to help those who have innovative technologies with the potential to improve vehicle efficiency or reduce emissions.

A new programme to help support UK SME’s develop their technologies opened at the start of 2017. The Technology Developer Accelerator Programme by the Advanced Propulsion Centre is designed to help fast track low carbon propulsion technology towards commercialisation.

TDAP mentors technology developers and SMEs, helping bring forward their innovative Low Carbon Technologies. It does this by aiding the development of both their product and organisational capability through better understanding of the Automotive Industry requirements and visibility to a range of industry players.

The programme is designed to help those with great ideas bring them to reality, identifying routes to market and developing value propositions. Early stage technology developers and their supply chain partners are invited to submit their expressions of interests to the Advanced Propulsion Centre to be the first to know when TDAP is launched.

The UK has a wealth of knowledge and expertise in its SMEs, who are vital in creating a vibrant supply chain in the UK. Focusing specifically on technology developers, the TDAP initiative builds upon the UK academic and engineering skills to develop new innovative products and systems by helping these partnerships overcome the challenge of engaging in OEM or Tier 1 development programmes.

Through the programme, the APC will:

  • Help accelerate product and business development , turning innovative ideas into low carbon products
  • Provide expert mentoring support for key business and technology requirements
  • Provide application awareness and focus
  • Provide funding that matches your commitment
  • Provide automotive industry contacts and introductions
  • Provide supply chain review and development
  • Provide networking opportunities

To see what projects the first wave of TDAP is supporting, click here.