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Meet the Researcher - Opportunity to present your research prowess at APC Spoke launch events – we’ll polish your pitch

The Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) is developing a national network of specialist centres of excellence – it calls Spokes - to support industry with specialist academic, technological and commercial expertise.

Each of the Spokes is hosted by an organisation with recognised expertise in specific technologies, given a role in coordinating a community around a common interest.

For example the Internal Combustion Engines (ICE) Thermal Efficiency spoke will be at the University of Brighton, while the Electric Machines spoke will be at Newcastle University.

APC is to host launch events for these spokes in the next few months and, at these events, is looking to connect academic researchers with industry - preferably researchers involved in exciting related research with potential to generate new innovations that aren’t currently directly engaged with the industry.

The launch events will include pitching opportunities for researchers, offering the prospect of access to audiences of around 100 industry representatives.

In addition, KTN (that knows more than a thing or two about what appeals to industry) will help prepare researchers for their pitch presentations.

 

Areas of interest

APC is, in particular, seeking research expertise in Internal Combustion Engines; Electrification; E Machines; Power Electronics, and Batteries.

As a rough guide of specific research areas, APC is interested in hearing about research in:

  • Internal Combustion Thermal efficiencies
    • Cost effective high temperature performance materials
    • Lubrication systems and coatings, solid state lubricants
    • Combustion processes, and fuel injection research
    • New Mechanical systems
    • Waste Heat recovery research
    • Modelling of combustion energy release, and molecular structures of materials
    • Manufacturing methods focusing on materials with variable mechanical properties at a sub component level.
  • Electric Drive - material and control challenges
    • Research into materials and technologies enabling non-rare earth motors
    • Optimisation of electro magnetics within electric motors
    • Motor Generator solutions
    • Highly efficient, cost-effective superconductors for Automotive applications
    • Increasing power to weight ratio in automotive batteries:
      • Including new geometric, cooling, monitoring and control concepts

 

Register for valuable exposure

Researchers interested in this opportunity are encouraged to register potential interest by submitting details via survey monkey.

Mark Matchett – Knowledge transfer Manager for the Automotive sector commented, “this is a great opportunity for researchers who need their work to be recognised by real industrial players, to gain the valuable exposure they need and at a time when pressure for change in the industry is at a peak in demanding new technology and solutions”.

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