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Latest news

Roadmaps Explored – Understanding the battery challenges from chemistry to recycling

A blog post by Jon Regnart. In this second article of the APC’s Roadmap Explored series, the focus shifts to the Automotive Council’s electrical energy storage roadmap. With battery technology being identified as a high priority for the UK government, how can batteries be optimised for current and future automotive applications? Research into battery technology […]

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‘Automotive Advanced Materials: 2D or not 2D?’ Agenda Announcement

The agenda for the first of the Future of Technologies 2018 Series, Automotive Advanced Materials: 2D or not 2D?, has been announced. Join the Advanced Propulsion Centre, the University of Manchester and Innovate UK as we debate the reality behind advanced materials and whether they can be a real game-changer in the automotive industry. Held […]

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APC Continues To Support UK Low Carbon Development

£26.5m government funding for three low carbon powertrain developments Funding expected to create or safeguard nearly 1,500 jobs supporting next generation electrified powertrains Part of 10-year programme to make UK a world-leader in low emission technology As part of a landmark automotive sector deal agreement announced today, more than £26 million funding has been awarded […]

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Latest events

Automotive Advanced Materials: 2D or not 2D?

30/01/2018 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Whitworth Hall

Do advanced materials have what it takes to make a real impact on the automotive industry?

Join the Advanced Propulsion Centre and the University of Manchester as we debate the reality behnd advanced materials and if they can be a real game-changer in the automotive industry.

Held in the Whitworth Hall at the University of Manchester, 2D or not 2D will bring together key industry figures from the major OEMs in automotive, automotive supply chain and world leading academics to enable discussions on the use of innovative materials in the manufacture of vehicles.

Have your say on whether it’s time to say goodbye to traditional materials, or whether their qualities are currently unbeatable.

Register now to join the debate on 30th January 2018 at the University of Manchester for at the ‘Automotive Advanced Materials: 2D or not 2D?’ event.

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Battery and Energy Storage Conference 2017

28/11/2017 - 29/11/2017 All Day

The Slate, University of Warwick

Decarbonisation, decentralisation and vehicle electrification are the pillars of a low carbon future. But in a society powered by storage, how do you differentiate between a multitude of storage technologies whilst building the business case for investment? How do you traverse new and existing regulations, differentiate your offering in an increasingly homogeneous market, and forge profitable partnerships?

The Battery and Energy Storage event will be addressing these challenges head-on. Featuring a combination of industry best practice, interactive discussions, tailored content and networking opportunities, this two-day event will unite stakeholders from the automotive and energy industries in promoting both a more sustainable future, with clear road maps to successful outcomes. Hear from industry leaders on cutting edge technology, establishing profitable new business models, and determining in the right solution for your project.

Key topics to be addressed – Electric Vehicles:

  • Stimulating the EV market from a policy perspective
  • Beyond Li-ion: Advances in next-generation battery materials
  • The battery race – which cell will win in the long-term?
  • Optimising battery performance and lifetime
  • Opportunities and challenges for modular battery design
  • Reducing size and weight of battery packs without impacting performance
  • Battery safety and simulation testing in real-life conditions
  • Second-life batteries: From liability to profit centre

Key topics to be addressed – Energy Systems:

  • Proving the business case for renewable energy storage
  • Tackling the technical and commercial challenges of connecting storage to the grid
  • EFR tenders – Deployment plans and how to monetise?
  • Behind the metre case studies: Solar battery power energising residential homes
  • Rolling out commercial-scale battery storage
  • Managing the grid impact of Electric Vehicles
  • Commercial models for realising the potential of the V2X market
  • The future potential of Virtual Power Plants and the Internet of Things

The Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy will be giving a keynote presentation at the conference.

Confirmed speakers also include representatives from: Renault, EirGrid, ENGIE, National Grid, Western Power Distribution, Vattenfall Wind Power, Scottish and Southern Electricity Network, E.ON, EDF, Toyota Motor Europe, EDF Energy Renewables, EDP Distribuição, Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV), Open Energi, AVERE, The Carbon Trust, Innovate UK, University of Warwick, Innogy, Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems, and many others.

A number of complimentary passes are available for qualifying candidates (energy and transportation executives). To find out more, view the agenda and to register, please visit the official event website:

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APC 8 Launch Event

10/07/2017 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Advanced Propulsion Centre

The Advanced Propulsion Centre is holding a launch event on July 10th, 2017 for its latest grant funded core competition APC8 – Anchoring low carbon technology in the UK – accelerating sustainable change.

This event will take place in the National Propulsion Showcase at the APC Hub and always proves an extremely popular and beneficial event.

We appreciate you need to get the best out of the event, so we have broken down the day to allow you to come to as many as sessions as you like:

8.30 – 12.30 will consist of APC update, guest speakers from existing APC projects and information and advice on APC8 scope and application.

12.30 – 13.30 will be followed by a networking lunch.

13.30 – 15.30 provides an opportunity for 1:1 with the APC Business Development team and / or Funding Design Workshop to hear your valuable opinions.

The APC will also be issuing dates in the next few days for regional activities to support this launch and further workshops and clinics to aid consortia build their bids.

To register for the event, click here.

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