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Videos of low carbon vehicle innovations

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UK businesses are well placed to take advantage of the growing global demand for low emission cars and energy efficient vehicles.

In 2014, one in four electric vehicles bought in Europe was built in the UK, yet these new technologies take time and money to develop.

Innovate UK set up the Low Carbon Vehicles (LCV) Innovation Platform in 2007. It has 3 main goals:

  • contribute to the growth of the UK automotive sector
  • increase and speed up the introduction of vehicle-centric technologies to the low carbon vehicles market
  • help the UK reduce CO2 and other emissions caused by road transport

Learn more about some of the businesses that have benefited from our LCV Innovation Platform in the following five videos:

Delta Motorsport: micro-turbine charger improves driving range of electric vehicles

Delta Motorsport has developed its MiTRE (Micro Turbine Range Extender) in a collaborative R&D project supported by Innovate UK, which had funded an earlier feasibility study, and the Office for Low Emission Vehicles.

This small, lightweight turbine feeds the vehicle’s battery via a generator, slowing power drain and helping electric vehicles match petrol and diesel equivalents for range.

Leading niche sports car manufacturers Morgan and Ariel will feature the MiTRE in follow-on research and development projects from 2017.

AVID: saving fuel and reducing emissions from vehicles

Ryan Maughan left a career building racing cars to set up a business that could make a difference. He founded AVID Technology in 2004 to improve air quality by making vehicles more efficient.

AVID design and develop powertrain components - the parts of vehicles that generate and deliver power to the road - specialising in electric and hybrid technology. Sales are set to increase over the next few years as automotive companies pursue greener products.

Bladon Jets’ innovative mobile and low-cost generator takes off

Coventry-based Bladon Jets is about to start manufacturing thousands of innovative micro-gas turbine generators destined to power mobile phone masts in developing parts of the world.

The business has grown rapidly with the support of Innovate UK and is also working with motor manufacturers on developing its engine as a range extender for hybrid electric cars.

Bladon Jets first thought its engine could have a traditional application in aerospace but it quickly realised that its use as a range extender in electric cars was more marketable.

OXIS Energy creates lighter, more efficient batteries for electric vehicles

When OXIS Energy first won funding from Innovate UK to develop a ground-breaking rechargeable battery cell, their staff numbers were barely into double figures.

That was in 2009 when the idea was at prototype stage. Six years later, numbers at their Culham Science Centre HQ near Abingdon have risen to nearly 60 – mostly post-doctoral qualified scientists and highly skilled technical staff.

The marketplace is now waking up to OXIS and its novel lithium-sulfur (Li-S) technology.

Innovate UK is currently investing £850,000 in helping the company develop a Revolutionary Electric Vehicle Battery (REVB).

Dearman technology firm drives a cold and power revolution

Dearman is developing a range of technologies that use a novel piston engine powered by liquid air or liquid nitrogen to deliver zero-emission cold and power.

70% of the company’s resources are focused on transport refrigeration, as it is a core part of the food chain.

By using the Dearman engine, you replace the refrigeration unit on delivery vehicles. This technology could bring major economic benefits to the UK and to nations across the developing world.

We have had more than £10.5 million of private equity investment and I think that’s been catalysed by the support we’ve had from Innovate UK.

- Professor Toby Peters, Chief Executive and one of three founders of Dearman

Ceres Power: high speed print line helps scale up fuel cell production

A business that has developed an innovative fuel cell has made a significant breakthrough in building a high-speed production line to scale up manufacturing, with the help of Innovate UK.

The Ceres Power Steel Cell features several layers of ceramic on a steel base. It can convert natural gas into a power supply.

Arcola Energy lead the way in hydrogen fuel cell technology

London based company Arcola Energy develops low carbon energy products using hydrogen fuel cells with support from Innovate UK.

We’re trying to develop a technology platform where people can come and say ‘I have a problem. How can I use fuel cells?’ so let’s work with you to design a product you can use.

- Dr Ben Todd, founder of Arcola Energy

The company now has ambitions to become the Dell Computer of fuel cells – a systems integrator.


Read the Low Carbon Vehicles Innovation Platform: an impact review

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  1. Comment by C.Alvin Scott posted on

    Hi Innovate UK, I note the criteria set out at the at the top of this post and I appreciate the two engines and the improved batteries represent cuts in emissions.

    However, as the owner of a Hydrogen Concept with three UK Patent Applications two of which cover improvements to the original HyPulJet engine taking the concept to the next level, I have to ask why the two engines above have been granted funding and I cannot even enter Funding Competitions.

    HyPulJet.2.0 Hydrogen Pulse Jet Multi-phase Multi-rotor Rotary Engine will now power its own Hydrogen and Oxygen fuel supply system, without loss to the power out-put to the main generator.

    If this engine turns out to be successful as
    1) the low cost alternative to Fuel Cells for Zero emissions Hydrogen Electric Vehicles, which
    with fuel from water on board the vehicle will not require the Hydrogen Fuel Stations
    Network. = less the 1 Tonne of CO2 per year
    2) a Stand alone Generator for onsite generator for Off-Grid Houses, making a
    drastic cut = 5-6 Tonnes of CO2 per house per year.

    There will be a very serious question for Innovate UK, "Why has Innovate UK been totally ineffective, in responding to requests for assistance and support to help fund this Hydrogen concept, with forseeable potential to have a far greater effect on cutting CO2 emissions than other engines which have received £ millions and which have a lessor effect on cutting CO2 emissions?"

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