The trophy was awarded to GKN Hybrid Power to celebrate the development and application of the APC grant funded project GKN Gyrodrive Technology to buses.
The GKN Hybrid Power System project is used to regenerate braking energy on city buses with a high speed flywheel originally developed for Le Mans Prototypes using KERS technology. The technology delivers a greater fuel efficiency of around 20 percent and results in lower vehicle emissions. This cutting edge technology is able to recycle the energy that would usually be lost as heat into rotational kinetic energy.
Gordon Day, General Manager, GKN Hybrid Power, said:
‘It is a great honour to be recognised with such a prestigious award. Our work to drive forward development of our electric flywheel energy storage technology – from motor sport to mainstream transportation – is something of which we are particularly proud. The team at GKN Hybrid Power is committed to continued evolution of our core technology, and to meeting the challenges of delivering this innovative solution for reducing emissions and increasing fuel efficiency across transport industry networks.’
To find out more about the GKN Gyrodrive Technology, see the APC case study video below:
To date, the APC has invested in 10 major low carbon propulsion projects worth more than £174 million which will secure or create more than 4,500 jobs in the UK and reduce CO2 emissions by more than 12 million tonnes, equivalent to the CO2 emissions from 630,000 new cars, every year, for the next 12 years.
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