WORK has begun on a low-carbon clean transport lab at Coventry University’s Technology Park.
The new lab heralds the start of a £30 million collaboration between the university and German-based international engineering service provider FEV.
The low carbon technology centre is being built next door to the university’s recently-launched £7 million National Transport Design Centre (NTDC).
The new lab will create a cluster of transport-focused research and development facilities on the Technology Park.
Representatives from Aachen-based FEV visited the site this week, where contractor Willmott Dixon broke ground to kick off construction of the facility.
Activity in the centre will focus on testing and improving performance and emissions on a range of different powertrain concepts, including hybridized, electric, conventional and alternative fuel propulsion systems.
Vice-chancellor professor John Latham said:
“This new centre represents another boost to the university’s and the city’s rich portfolio of transport research and development activities.
“We’re delighted as one of the region’s universities to be playing a role in attracting investment from key international players in this field, and to be helping position Coventry at the forefront of advancements in low carbon technology.”
FEV already works closely with a number of UK customers.
These leading international names in the automotive and aerospace industries are expected to use the facility to develop cleaner transport technologies.
A significant area of work is set to be advanced propulsion systems – a key innovation theme identified in the UK government’s industrial strategy.