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Powered by the economy

In the past, the economy and the environment have too often been in conflict. If we’re going to get to a sustainable future, this has to change.

At Warwick, we have always been determined to bring the worlds of academia and industry closer together and today, we’re working hand in hand with businesses, helping them to prepare for a carbon neutral world and supporting them as they power the economy to a sustainable future.

Our live projects include exploring opportunities for sustainable transport and mobility with JLR, Nissan, Transport for West Midlands, TDI and Pashley Cycles. We’re also pushing the potential of recycling and reuse across multiple sectors, from plastics and oils to steel and sewerage, with partners including Severn Trent Water and Delta Waste Management.

Can intelligent vehicles contribute to Net Zero?

The Committee on Climate Change recommended a new emissions target for net-zero greenhouse gases by 2050, which UK government has pledged to achieve. Electrification is high on the agenda for achieving net zero.

A recent report by Transport for Quality of Life claims 80% of the CO2 savings from clean cars could be negated by £27bn plans for infrastructure.

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Novel, e-assisted cargo trike launches

WMG is collaborating with Pashley Cycles and three other SMEs across the Midlands to develop an electrically assisted, last mile delivery trike.

With an innovative tilting suspension system, it will provide greater cornering stability, speed and manoeuvrability than a conventional tricycle configuration of the same size.

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Innovative Very Light Rail vehicle for Coventry

Over the last two years researchers from WMG, together with TDi Ltd, have been designing and building the new Coventry Very Light Rail (VLR) vehicle for Coventry City Council.

The project will see an electric powered, zero-emissions, lightweight, rail-based public transport system arrive in Coventry.

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Solid-state batteries made more cleanly

Working in collaboration with academic and industrial partners, researchers from WMG, have published a review on the state-of-the-art flash sintering.

The findings of this review provide a roadmap for further research on thermal management in flash sintering.

This will accelerate the development of the process for industrial implementation.

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Can steel evolve to be truly sustainable?

Steel is used in almost every walk of life but is it sustainable?

With increasing demands to reduce CO2 emissions and costs, while increasing the amount of steel recycled in the UK, the industry needs to evolve to meet the demands of the future.

Without more recycling, the UK steel industry can’t meet its 2020 emission targets. It needs to innovate to change its processes and achieve these goals.

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Establishing a UK supply chain for electric machine manufacture

The domestic and export opportunities presented by electrification are estimated to be worth over £6 billion by 2025.

If the UK is to seize these opportunities, there is work to be done to establish a robust supply chain with the right knowledge and skills.

Working with WMG, Jaguar Land Rover brought together a consortium of partners.

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Bus operator develops improved battery tech for hybrid buses

The Integrated Zero Operational Emissions project, funded by Innovate UK, has brought together industrial and research partners to explore and address concerns surrounding a fuel cell hybrid bus.

The project team included Alexander Dennis Ltd, Arcola Energy Ltd, ITM Power Ltd and WMG.

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Rapid grading for second-life automotive batteries

Following high sales of the Nissan LEAF since 2010, Nissan were keen to explore the second-life Lithium-ion battery market as an opportunity to create a new income stream and extend the battery value chain.

With no commercially available solution that met their requirements, they partnered with WMG, AMETEK and Element Energy on the ‘UK Energy Storage Laboratory’ project.

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Automotive lithium ion battery recycling in the UK

Electric vehicles offer huge potential for decarbonising transport and improving air quality, but we must equally be thinking about what happens at the end of their useful life.

Investment is needed to create suitable recycling facilities for batteries and research is needed to allow economic recovery of much greater proportions of the battery material.

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