• 14 Sep
    Consortium awarded £6m investment for clean cold and power technology research

    Consortium awarded £6m investment for clean cold and power technology research

    Productiv is part of a consortium awarded £6m by the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) to develop zero emission Dearman Engine technology and applications.

    The APC announced today that its latest grant funding round (APC5) will include multi-million-pound support for revolutionary clean cold and power technology.

    The consortium, led by clean cold and power technology company Dearman, is working to move Dearman Engine technology and applications into manufacturing and full commercial deployment. The engine will deliver radical improvements to the fuel efficiency of HGVs and buses, helping to significantly reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides, particulate matter and CO2.

    In addition to Productiv and Dearman, the project brings together Hubbard Products, Air Products, Wessington Cryogenics and Loughborough University, with each partner bringing unique expertise to the development, manufacture and commercialisation of the technology.

    The consortium is matching Government funding, bringing the total investment in the cutting edge zero emission technology to £15.5m.

    The Dearman Engine is driven by the expansion of liquid nitrogen and can be used to produce clean cold and power for a range of applications across transport, logistics and the built environment.

    The most advanced application of Dearman technology is a zero emission transport refrigeration system. Designed and developed in conjunction with Hubbard Products, it’s a sustainable alternative to the diesel driven units that conventionally keep refrigerated trucks cold. The system is currently on trial with Sainsbury’s delivering food across London, where it is already having a positive impact on air quality.

    With support from the APC, the technology will be developed to support further applications, including to an air conditioning and auxiliary power system for buses, which in hot climates can consume more than a third of a bus’ diesel.

    Speaking for the consortium following the funding announcement, Dearman founder and CEO Toby Peters said: “Globally we face a major challenge; how can we reduce our impact on the environment, while continuing to grow the economy? Technology such as the Dearman Engine has the potential to make a meaningful contribution to achieving both goals. It’s a low cost zero emission technology, which can improve the efficiency of diesel engines – or replace them entirely in some applications – without imposing increased costs on business. It can have a major impact on the air quality of our cities and help to address climate change.

    “As a result of all this, the clean cold and power technology we are developing with our partners has the potential to be exported to fast-growing economies around the world, helping them to meet their booming energy needs without creating disastrous environmental consequences. The APC has recognised both the economic and environmental potential of the technology and has provided support that will unlock further investment and enable the aspiration to become a reality.”

    Applications of Dearman Engine technology can have a significant impact on the environment. For example, diesel powered transport refrigeration units are lightly regulated and, as a result, replacing an auxiliary unit with a zero emission alternative can reduce the total engine emissions of nitrogen oxides from the entire refrigerated vehicle by over 70%.

    By Anand Lakhani Uncategorized
  • 23 Jun
    World-class 225CS rotary engine enters serial production with The Proving Factory

    World-class 225CS rotary engine enters serial production with The Proving Factory

    The world-renowned Wankel rotary engine is enjoying a revival thanks to a partnership between The Proving Factory, the automotive manufacturing and assembly organisation launched by Productiv in 2013; and engineering specialists Advanced Innovative Engineering (AIE).

    The Proving Factory is facilitating the higher quantity production of AIE’s 225CS Rotary Engine; demonstrating that the rotary isn’t just alive, but in demand.

    The first batch of SPARCS (self-pressurising-air rotor cooling system)-cooled 225CS rotary engines, which were built and assembled within The Proving Factory’s state-of-the-art facilities, were handed over to AIE managing director, Nathan Bailey, on 17 June.

    As a result of the 225CS convenient low parts count, the precision assembly of the rotary engine could easily take place using The Proving Factory’s advanced machining centre and rigorous standardisation of the component assembly process.

    With compliance to the strict standards set for the rotary engine build, AIE can ensure that the full spectrum of the 225CS innovative technologies will be guaranteed and consistent for the end consumer, including its patented Compact-SPARCS, full electronic engine management system and multi-fuel capabilities.

    As the first of many high quantity rotary engine productions for AIE, the partnership with The Proving Factory is ideal in supporting AIE to facilitate the higher volume supply needs of vehicle manufacturers within the automotive, aerospace and marine industries.

    Commenting on this new productivity increase for AIE, Nathan Bailey explains: “As specialist design and development engineers we use the latest technology and equipment in-house to produce high quality rotary engines. However, we also wanted to make sure that our clients could receive higher volume orders without lengthy lead times and with the same precision build and quality. Partnering with The Proving Factory was an ideal solution and supports us to expand our potential and production capabilities.”


    About The Proving Factory

    The Proving Factory works to bridge the market gap between technology developers making innovative, low-carbon engineering prototypes and the needs of vehicle manufacturers for volume supply. It is set up to partner with companies such as AIE to facilitate and manufacture large quantities of technology, as well as additional support for AIE’s in-house production capabilities. With the opportunity to manufacture around 200,000 units per year, The Proving Factory supports AIE to expand its potential in establishing production processes and demonstrating the ability to supply high-volume production solutions.

    About Advanced Innovative Engineering (UK) Ltd

    AIE is a UK-based engineering company specialising in the development of innovative Wankel rotary engines. The AIE team boasts a combined experience of over 80 years in rotary engine design, R&D and manufacturing; delivering products and services that have exceptional reliability, versatility and low total cost of ownership for the global aerospace, automotive and marine markets.

    By Anand Lakhani Uncategorized