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Bath, Nottingham and Warwick Universities receive additional funding to develop advanced propulsion systems in UK

Tue 11 July 2017 | Back to news list

The University of Bath has received £28.9 million of government investment to develop the Institute for Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems (IAAPS). Bath is one of three of the Advanced Propulsion Centre's 'spokes' which received additional funding last month. The others were University of Nottingham (£9.4 million) and the University of Warwick (£5.7 million).

The Bath University facility is due to open in 2020 and aims to deliver world-leading automotive research, with a particular focus on ultra-low emission vehicles and the skills required to develop them. Industry partners include McLaren, Ford, Jaguar Land Rover, Hofer Powertrain and HORIBA Group. Bath says that IAAPS will help create 1,900 new jobs and stimulate over £67m in additional automotive research investment by 2025. 

The Higher Education Funding Council for England’s (HEFCE) £29m capital investment, from its UK Research Partnership Investment Fund (UKRPIF), will enable construction of the £60m Institute for Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems (IAAPS) to start in the summer of 2018 at the  Bristol and Bath Science Park.  

Elsewhere the Power Electronics Spoke, situated at the University of Nottingham, has been awarded £9.4 million by HEFCE. The funding will go towards to the development of the University’s new Research and Innovation Centre for Power Electronics and Machines, which is set to be a global Centre of Excellence in Power Electronics, Machines and Control. The initiative will bolster the University’s Beacon of Excellence in Propulsion Futures to achieve its aim of becoming a world leader in the electrification of transport.

The Electrical Energy Storage Spoke at WMG at the University of Warwick has also been awarded £5.7 million by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to form a collaboration with Jaguar Land Rover. This funding will be used on research into energy systems and advanced propulsion.”

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