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£30m funding available for low carbon projects

Previous APC-funded projects have yielded production-ready technology to OEMs and suppliers, including Ford and Nissan

APC8 winning projects target a saving in excess of 34m tonnes of carbon dioxide
APC8 winning projects target a saving in excess of 34m tonnes of carbon dioxide

The Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) has opened its 10th funding competition, making up to £30 million available for the development of low carbon powertrain technology in the UK.


Open to consortia of organisations including vehicle manufacturers, tier 1 suppliers, SMEs and academic institutions, competition funding is available for a wide range of low carbon projects.


These include programmes to develop alternative propulsion systems, power electronics and energy storage technology, as well as lightweighting and thermal propulsion systems.


Since the APC was founded in 2013, it has awarded funding to 36 UK-based projects, all with the aim of developing innovative low carbon emissions technology. With projects valued at nearly £600 million, APC funding has helped vehicle manufacturers and suppliers to develop a number of vital low carbon technologies.


Earlier this year, an APC project enabled Nissan and its partners develop the production process for the new Nissan LEAF’s high-capacity battery. Ford has also been able to develop new low emissions technology, which will go into production on its 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine shortly.


“The development of low carbon powertrain technology remains crucial to the future success of the UK automotive industry,” said Ian Constance, chief Executive of the APC. “This latest round of APC funding, and the innovations it will support, will help to further establish the UK as a leading destination for the development of low carbon technology.”


This funding competition is open to projects costing between £5 million and £40 million, lasting for between 18 and 42 months. Competition entries must be submitted by midday, 27 June 2018.


The Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) was established as a 10 year £1bn joint investment between government and industry. The platform, including the new APC8 winning projects supports 36 major R&D projects worth £589m, targeting a saving in excess of 34m tonnes of carbon dioxide and creating or safeguarding 20,500 jobs.


In addition to its core competitions, APC supports industry consensus road-mapping, the acceleration of companies developing cutting-edge technology (especially small and medium enterprises), technology-focused academic communities (spokes) and the development of future supply chains.


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