Aston University is a partner in the CABLED Project, which showcases electric vehicles across Birmingham, Coventry and the West Midlands. Aston's role is to analyse the performance of the electric vehicles, using the latest in satellite mapping, onboard computers and data software technologies. The team, led by Brian Price, will also identify ways to improve vehicle efficiency. The project aims to test the feasibility of alternative transport, with the aim of increasing its usage on Britains road network.
Aston is also a partner in an electric bus trial in Stratford-upon-Avon. Aston is working with Coventry University to analyse the buses' emissions, fuel consumption and running costs. The findings will determine the viability of electric buses and could accelerate their introduction nationwide.
Aston has one of Europes largest research groups examining the production of bioenergy. The European Bioenergy Research Institute (EBRI) is seeking ways to produce biofuel for use in vehicles as well as for heating and lighting, by using a process called pyrolysis to burn waste materials, algae and other substances.
Aston is a leading partner in the City of Birminghams plan to reduce carbon emissions by 60% by 2026, by applying its expertise in low carbon technologies and the sociology of climate change to its local area.
Reseach & Development
Hybrid bus & truck modeling
Low CO2 technology roadmap development
Real-world user duty cycle development