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11 September 2009 | PR 09/119

Green vehicle technology given a national platform


Norman Leece of gasfill with Transport iNet Innovation Advisor James Reeves

The Transport Innovation Network (iNet) supported six innovative East Midlands' businesses to showcase the latest green technology at the CENEX National Low Carbon Vehicle Event on 9 and 10 September 2009 in Milton Keynes.

The companies included gasfill Ltd, the Seat Design Company, Flybrid Systems, Delta Motorsport and Amberjac Projects and all demonstrated at the national exhibition held at Millbrook Proving Ground in Milton Keynes, thanks to the Transport iNet providing stand space. The iNet advisor team was also on hand to give innovation advice and support to small and medium sized businesses, along with the Automotive and Motorsport Supply Chain Brokerage scheme, run by Knibb, Gormezano & Partners.

David Pickering, the Interim Project Director for Transport iNet, said: “The Transport iNet is always looking for new ways to support businesses looking to grow within the automotive sector. By exhibiting at this national event, these East Midlands businesses had the chance to demonstrate their latest innovative developments to a national and international audience. Not only that, it provided a chance to hear the latest thinking from some of the industry’s top names as well as meeting like minded industry professionals, identify competitors and explore future business opportunities.”

This year’s event aimed to promote Low Carbon Vehicle innovation and actively encourage designers, manufacturers and engineers to adopt ‘greener’ energy solutions throughout the automotive industry. The East Midlands offering included a low cost unit for refuelling cars and vans with compressed natural gas, a lightweight design option for vehicle seating, an energy saving device for engines, ultra low energy vehicle cars and plug-in cars.

Norman Leece from gasfill said: “It was a great opportunity for us to be supported by the Transport iNet to participate at the LCV event. Events such as this often exclude small businesses as they can be expensive and budget simply isn’t available. It has helped to raise our profile and provide us with exposure to organisations that will help us grow our business.”

CENEX is the UK’s first Centre of Excellence for low carbon and fuel cell technologies and are the organiser of this annual conference. At the event delegates will have the chance to test out the latest in emerging LCV technology through hands-on driving experiences of low carbon vehicles, product demonstrations and a two-day timetable of seminars and workshops.

The Transport iNet, which is based at Loughborough University, is funded by East Midlands Development Agency (emda) and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The aim of the iNet is to share expertise and stimulate the research and development of new products, services and processes across the five transport sectors, rail, marine, automotive, motorsport and aerospace.

Further information can be found at www.eminnovation.org.uk or by contacting Carol Wright on 01509 635270.

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Notes for editors:

  1. About iNets
    In order to deliver the Regional Innovation Strategy and coordinate action under its four themes, emda and East Midlands Innovation have created four business led innovation networks (iNets) which are focused on the identified regional industry and research strengths across four priority sectors. These have been identified as:
    • Healthcare and Bioscience
    • Food and Drink
    • Sustainable Construction
    • Transport Equipment
    The iNets are raising the level of innovation in their sectors, with the aim of stimulating the research and development of new products, services and processes.

    For further information, visit www.eminnovation.org.uk

  2. About gasfill
    gasfill Limited aims to develop and bring to the market a global, low cost unit for refuelling cars and vans that run on CNG (compressed natural gas). Governments around the world are underpinning the drive to CNG by reducing duty levels and providing grants to support the purchase of vehicles. Nearly 7 million vehicles worldwide currently use CNG as a fuel and the market is growing by around 30% per annum. gasfill has invested £1,000,000 in developing the gasfill 2000 unit which continues to attract tremendous interest from around the globe.

    The gasfill 2000 unit, displayed at LCV09, can be used anywhere in the world where a vehicle can be parked and natural gas from the normal gas supply pipeline and electricity from a normal 13 amp socket are available. CNG is one of a number of alternative fuels that is increasingly being used throughout the world to fuel road vehicles. CNG vehicles have up to 60% fuel cost savings, lower emissions, less CO2 impact (20% reduction versus petrol) and are increasingly seen as a way of diversifying fuel supplies away from petrol and diesel.

    For further information, please visit www.gasfill.com

  3. About the Seat Design Company (SDC)
    The Seat Design Company Ltd (SDC) specialise in the design, prototyping and low volume manufacture of seating for automotive and military vehicles. The SCD are looking at ways to manufacturer in ways that can reduce the carbon footprint of vehicles and minimise loads in order to deliver maximum outputs from power trains. SDC has an expert track record of delivering automotive seating solutions, ranging from full seating design programmers to component prototyping through to problem solving. SDC delivers optimal solutions to a very demanding automotive industry, soon to extend its expertise to the military sector.

    Manufacturers are looking for ways to reduce the carbon footprint of their vehicles and to minimise loads in order to deliver maximum outputs from their power trains. The SDC design team is working with Transport iNet exploring new ways to use ultra-lightweight materials in vehicle seating.

    For further information visit www.seatdesign.com

  4. About Flybrid Systems
    Flybrid Systems is an innovative engineering company at the forefront of hybrid vehicle technology, developing an entirely mechanical high-speed flywheel based Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) with the help of Transport iNet. High-speed flywheel based energy storage systems using Flybrid technology are powerful, small and light giving a better power to weight ratio than existing automotive hybrid technologies, and makes it possible to store and save more energy, dramatically increasing system effectiveness. The devices are readily recycled and inexpensive as are made entirely from conventional materials.

    Vehicles equipped with this type of hybrid system promise to deliver low CO2 emissions and have already attracted vehicle development programmes with several major car makers, as well as being suitable for application to buses, trucks and trains.

    For further information visit www.flybridsystems.com

  5. About Delta Motorsport
    Delta Motorsport brings together innovative design, creative production solutions and skilled project management, delivering challenging products efficiently and inexpensively. A committed team of design and production engineers, with a broad range of experience, can take a project from a concept, through design, prototype and development to a finished product.

    With the support of the Transport iNet, Delta are applying their innovative thinking to the design and development of a Ultra Low Energy Vehicle, a 4-seater road car designed to make a significant reduction in damaging greenhouse gas emissions.

    For further information please visit www.deta-motorsport.com

  6. About Amberjac
    Amberjac Projects was formed to match enabling high technologies to useful applications with the use of Lithium battery technology. One enabling technology on its own is not sufficient to gain a foothold in major applications; it is the combination of several enabling technologies into one solution package that allows progress to be made. There are a wide range of opportunities for advanced battery systems to make a real difference to the motive needs of the world’s population. Recent advances in battery development have created battery technology that is safe, longer lasting, higher energy storage and with enhanced power delivery. Transport iNet have offered their support to Amberjac Projects to enable them to develop new advanced battery systems which are both more efficient and kinder to the environment.

    For further information, please visit www.amberjac-project.com

  7. About Knibb, Gormezano & Partners (KGP)
    Knibb, Gormezano & Partners (KGP) is a leading specialist consultancy for the automotive and other transport sectors. It is a Registered Practice of the Institute of Management Consultancy and operates globally.

    KGP focuses on supporting companies where change is needed in products, processes, technologies, business strategy or marketing. The company has been in operation since 1988 and deploys a broad team of technical and operational specialists. It has worked for numerous mirco and macro vehicle manufacturers, as well as many top industry suppliers.

    Working collaboratively with the Transport iNet, KGP deliver the Automotive and Motorsport Supply Chain Brokerage scheme which offers significant potential for firms in the region to contribute to the growing demands for CO2 reduction technologies and carbon footprint reductions generally. The brokerage service is aimed at innovative firms in the automotive and motorsport sectors who have aspirations to grow within their current supply chains or enter new ones.

    For further information, please visit www.kgpauto.com

  8. About Loughborough University
    Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry and unrivalled sporting achievement.

    It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2008 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top five universities in the UK, with 22 out of 30 of its subject areas being ranked in the top ten for overall satisfaction. It was named winner of the 2006, 2007 and 2008 Times Higher award for the UK’s Best Student Experience and winner of the 2007 award for Outstanding Support for Overseas Students. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes – an achievement bettered by no other institution.

    It is a member of the esteemed 1994 Group – a set of internationally recognised, research-intensive universities – and has a reputation for the relevance of its work. Its degree programmes are highly regarded by professional institutions and businesses, and its graduates are consistently targeted by the UK’s top recruiters.

    Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

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