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2nd HeVen

2nd HeVen - £1M, 18 months.

Lead partner: Future Transport Systems Ltd with Videre Global Ltd and Jaguar Land Rover.

Funder Innovate UK. Project completion 2019.

Vision: To develop an energy storage system that takes advantage of 2nd life electric vehicle batteries.

Objectives:

  • Research and develop variations on Future Transport Systems' existing E-STOR energy storage system
  • Identifying how it can use a range of 2nd life batteries of different types and states of degradation
  • Research the economics and business cases associated with the use of 2nd life batteries

WMG Input: Warwick University will undertake research into the use of 2nd life battery module based systems.

AMICC

AMICC: Semi-Dynamic Infrastructure Charging for Commercial Applications - £5.6M, 22 months.

Lead Partner Sprint Power with 4th Dimension Technology, Leeds City Council, Loughborough University, University of Nottingham and WMG.
Funder – Innovate UK. Project completion 2022.

Vision: To evaluate the benefits of developing semi-dynamic and static wireless charging systems for our existing commercial customers.

Objectives:

  • The full demonstration project for AMiCc will develop an innovative charging system to enable fleet vehicles with short dwell times and high utilization to switch to electric when they would otherwise have been unable to do so
  • Developing of an innovative hardware solution to provide standardisation across the industry for high-power smart and bi-directional charging
  • Demonstrating wireless charging at Nottingham and Warwick campus

WMG Input:

  • Produced the requirements/technical specifications for a wireless charging system as part of a supplier selection process
  • Support to other project partners (e.g. Nottingham University for magnetic field emissions testing, project dissemination (online blogs etc)
  • WMG will run and loan a vehicle fitted with a 3rd party wireless charging system and collate the vehicle’s data for the consortium to understand its performance vs usage

CIT-E-Van

CIT-E-Van £500k, 8 months.

Lead partner CoolVan with GAH and WMG.

Funder - Innovate UK. Project completion 2022.

Vision: To develop a scalable solution for energy efficient Electric Refrigerated Vehicles.

Objectives:

  • Use digital toolset to design, analyse and optimise an innovative electric Transport Refrigeration Unit and to retrofit electric propulsion systems with advanced thermal-energy management features
  • To assess the feasibility of the proposed technology, a physical refrigerated electric van will be built as a demonstrator for the target application for back-to-base convenience store supplies and home delivery services

WMG Input: WMG team will contribute to the digital toolset development for optimal system design-analysis, thermal-energy management optimisation, simulation and real-time code generation for the demonstrator. WMG will utilise their existing industrial simulators (dSPACE) to support the real-time tests.

Efficient Thermal Management for xEV

Efficient Thermal Management for xEV

Funder: Catapult.

WMG provides a unique thermal management testbed integrated a highly flexible HVAC rig and a hybrid physical-virtual powertrain for the holistic investigation of not only HVAC but also other vehicle sub-systems under real-world conditions. This therefore enables real-time tests from vehicle components, sub-systems to entire system, including energy management and control, at lowest time, cost and effort.

Green Spur

Green Spur - £480K, 9 months.

Lead partner Time to Act Ltd.

Funder - Innovate UK. Project completion: 2021.

Vision: To stimulate the development of a UK supply chain and manufacturing network that can build multi-MW generators for the UK wind market.

Objectives:

  • Develop the manufacturing processes to pre-production rates for unique aluminium strip coils and the magnetization of large magnet assemblies supporting multi-MW generator configurations (up to 5MW)
  • Develop a production line monitoring system to verify key coil design specifications

WMG Input: WMG led the electromagnetic design of the innovative Greenspur rare earth magnet free axial flux generator including the 250 kW machine currently on test as well as evaluating the economics of this approach for offshore wind generation.

MIMO

MIMO

Funder: Catapult.

Supporting the UK Government’s drive to end the nation’s contribution to climate change by 2050, a Multi-Input Multi-Output (MIMO) model produced by a team led by Dr Andrew McGordon, Principal Engineer at WMG, University of Warwick utilises battery technology expertise and theoretical modelling to help airports and equipment manufacturers quantify the reductions in CO2 emissions by implementing electric GSE. The model is an extension of the Catapult funded UniWARP project, which aims to provide a modelling platform for architecture choice and battery sizing in transport systems. MIMO utilises airport data to map out and link usage patterns of aircraft and GSE, and grid generation mix, to simulate the performance of using electricity to power the support vehicles. Although this is an airport model the techniques can be applied to any multi-input multi-output scenario.

MK GO ULTRA LOW

MK GO ULTRA LOW - £140K, 24 months.

Partners eFis (Electric Fleet Integrated Services), Open University, Milton Keynes City Council, Char.gy.

Funder OLEV. Project completion 2022.

Objectives:

  • Commercially proving the wireless technology systems (using both mature, commercially available systems as well as systems that are new entrants to the market)
  • Examine a new type of wireless charging device, currently under development at WMG: This device uses the latest silicon-carbide technology to produce a much more compact and high powered unit than anything else which is currently available on the market. Use of this device would enable high power (50kW) devices to be installed much more easily on the small and medium size vehicles that are traditionally used for the service applications being studied here
  • Examine the potential of linking the new wireless charging device to an existing network of cable-connected chargers: leading the way to deploying a city-wide network of wireless chargers without having to provide new power connections in every case. As a result, a significant management and cost saving could be made in any future roll-out programme

WMG Input: Design, manufacture and retrofit on a demonstrator vehicle a high-powered wireless charging of no less than 10kW to be used and demonstrated in Milton Keynes.

OSRIC - CHAR.GY

OSRIC - £3M, 27 months.

Partners: Char.gy, Milton Keynes Borough Council, London Borough of Redbridge, Buckinghamshire County Council, Open University.

Funder – Innovate UK. Project completion 2022.

Vision: To develop an on-street residential charge point solution that incorporates induction charging(IC) pads for wireless charging of electric vehicles.

Objectives:

  • Understand needs/concerns of interested parties(local residents, vehicle owners, interest groups)
  • Investigate and select IC partner, reviewing a range of candidate against key criteria
  • Explore short/medium-term options for after-market integration of pick-up coils into existing vehicles
  • Understand and mitigate various technical complexities including physical coil installation for road surfaces, charge-point integration with car-management-system via induction coils and necessary changes to charge-point and back-end systems
  • Develop candidate solution architecture and business case and costed plan for demonstrator phase using selected locations in the Redbridge and other councils

WMG Input: Design and manufacture a wireless system with similar performance to a retro fitted commercial system and prove interoperability between the two.

RESO

RESO (West Midlands Regional Energy System Operator) - £3M, 24 months.

Lead partner West Midlands Combined Authority, Birmingham with Enzen Global Limited, Chaddenwych Services Ltd, University of Warwick, Western Power Distribution Plc, Cadent Gas Limited, Coventry City Council, Camirus Limited, University of Birmingham, Places in Common Limited.

Funder Innovate UK. Project completion 2019.

Vision: To create a cleaner, lower cost energy system for Coventry and the West Midlands region which maximises economic opportunities in clean growth and future mobility, and is driven by customers.

Objectives:

  • Deliver local policy objectives, particularly energy cost and carbon targets set out by local authorities in response to the increasingly urgent climate emergencies recently declared across the country
  • Detail a smart design for Coventry and demonstrate the relevance of the approach to the wider region by replicating the approach for East Birmingham and North Solihull
  • Facilitate targeted smart energy system investment through a combination of strategic whole system design (investment planning) and close to real-time system optimisation

WMG Input: The University campus is being used as a living lab for data acquisition, technology insights and analysis, with significant input from estates too. WMG will be delivering engineering insights and data interpretation which will provide evidence on heat conversion to electricity methods and technologies.

UniWARP

UniWARP

Funder: Catapult.

UniWARP is a flexible, multi-sector, user friendly, powertrain system sizing and simulation tool, backed by over 10 years of real world battery characterisation data. UniWARP provides sector experts with the ability to investigate the potential effects of electrification and assess the opportunities presented. It allows early visibility of potential benefits and problems in electrification informing future research avenues. UniWARP is available to companies and individuals. It can be downloaded for a trial period from www.UniWARP.com.

WIRELESS ELECTRIC FLEETS FEASIBILITY STUDY

WIRELESS ELECTRIC FLEETS FEASIBILITY STUDY - £50K, 3 months.

Partners: UK Power Networks Services, UPS, High Speed 1.

Funder – Innovate UK. Project completion 2019.

Vision: To develop and test the business case of wireless charging for a number of common real-life use cases which are replicable and scaleable.

Objectives:

  • Evaluate the readiness of the wireless charging technology and estimate system costs
  • Assess the economic, social and environmental benefits
  • Develop the business case
  • Develop the project initiation documents and functional specifications for each of use-case shown to be feasible

WMG Input: Worked with partners on this feasibility study to demonstrate the practical wireless charging of electric vehicles to bring real opportunities for reducing emissions, especially in urban environments.