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27 September 2010 | PR 10/144

Lord Stafford award success for Loughborough University

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From left right: Tony King and Trevor Fletcher from the Hardstaff Group, George Cowcher from Enterprise Europe Network, Lord Stafford and Dr Andrew Clarke from Loughborough University

Loughborough University is celebrating after receiving a prestigious Lord Stafford Award at a ceremony in Leicester in the East Midlands category of Innovation for Sustainability.

The University has been working in partnership with the Hardstaff Group to bring a dual fuel injection system into the HGV marketplace, whereby 70 per cent of diesel fuel used by a conventional HGV engine is substituted with natural gas resulting in the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions by up to 20 per cent.

Dr Andrew Clarke, from the Wolfson School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at Loughborough University, said: “It has been a fantastic experience to be able to link up with the Hardstaff Group on this project. Here at Loughborough Professor Graham Hargrave built a bespoke gas flow test rig, which is based on a HGV cylinder head and this then led to Loughborough University working with Hardstaff to test their theories and trial the system on a vehicle.

“Loughborough’s excellence in dual-fuel research has now led to the Technology Strategy Board commissioning the University to work on a two-litre engine design, so we look forward to continuing our research in this area.”

The Lord Stafford Awards are the only ones in the UK dedicated to recognising innovative collaborations between businesses and Universities.

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Loughborough University
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Notes for editors:

  1. For further information about the Lord Stafford Awards visit www.lordstaffordawards.com

  2. For further information about the Hardstaff Group visit www.hardstaffgroup.co.uk

  3. Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

    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 2010 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the UK’s Best Student Experience every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

    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.

    It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

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