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The APC has invested in ten projects from the first three grant funding competitions as part of the ten year programme. These collaborative projects include a lead organisation and project partners and together they will support or create more than 4,500 jobs across the UK.

Each project was selected following an open competition to provide collaborative R&D funding from industry and government. Funding is allocated twice per year as part of the funding competitions process.

Here is a map showing the locations of the ten APC project lead organisations, along with the partners for the first four projects. Also displayed are the TDAP pilot projects, the APC Hub and Spokes. Click on the icons to find their location and links to their website.

MAP KEYThe first round of funding, called APC1 was announced jointly by the Secretary of State Vince Cable and Professor Richard Parry-Jones CBE on 23 April 2014. The investment is supporting:

  • 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 for a 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 15 to 20%.

  • JCB and their partner Flybrid will receive a £3.3 million grant as part of a £7.2 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.

The APC contact for questions relating to current projects is Jon Beasley who can be emailed at


APC1 - Project Presentations