UK: Coventry opens centre for propulsion systems


In the English city of Coventry, development service provider FEV and Coventry University have opened the Centre for Advanced Low-Carbon Propulsion Systems (C-ALPS), a state-of-the-art development centre for clean propulsion technologies.

The C-ALPS is the result of a collaboration between the two partners to combine academic and practical expertise for the development of the next generation of electric, hybrid and internal combustion engines. The newly opened center is located at the Future Transport & Cities Research Institute of Coventry University. The initiators speak of “the most advanced test facility of its kind currently available in the UK”.

OEMs, small and medium-sized suppliers and technology partners are the main beneficiaries of the center’s services. The aim is to accelerate the development of new propulsion systems, not only in the automotive industry, but also in the aerospace, marine and rail sectors, according to an accompanying press release. However, the automotive industry enjoys priority before the other sectors are also to benefit from future new developments.

MP Richard Harrington described the cooperation between academics and the corporation in glowing terms: “This centre is a fantastic example of how leading international businesses are working in collaboration with the UK’s world-class universities to drive innovation.”

It’s all about bringing the best of both worlds together, using the expertise and track record of FEV Group in engineering consultancy and combining it with the academic knowledge of our professors to create a real centre of excellence that can attract funding, build capacity in the supply chain and, importantly, offer commercial testing services to car makers,” says Professor Richard Dashwood, deputy vice-chancellor for research at Coventry University, before adding: “C-ALPS offers the UK the opportunity to become a pioneer in the development of low-carbon propulsion systems.” The foundation is laid by bundling FEV’s engineering expertise with academic knowledge.


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