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Advanced Materials Meeting: Smart, Safe and Sustainable - driving into the future

Start Date:14 Mar 12 

Paul Drayson Julia King Barry Shrier Lubo Jankovic, BCU

This inclusive event gives participants the opportunity to discuss the latest automotive technologies, systems and materials, to build new connections between researchers and business experts, and to debate the way forward in this fast moving and critical field for the UK economy.

Speakers:

Lord Drayson, founder of Drayson Racing Technologies, which developed the world's fastest electric car, the all-electric Lola-Drayson B12/69EV, employing a host of green technology including lithium nanophosphate batteries, a wireless induction charging system, electrical regenerative dampers and recyclable body panels, and collaborates with Aston University.

Julia King, Vice-Chancellor of Aston University, was appointed by the Prime Minister in 2010 as the UK’s Low Carbon Business Ambassador, and was awarded the 2011 Lunar Society Medal. She is a member of the Governing Board of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology and of the World Economic Forum Automotive Agenda Council. Her academic work focusses on fatigue and fracture in structural materials and developments in propulsion technology.

Tony Harper has been invited to speak, and is Chief Engineer of Jaguar's Research Department, which developed the technologies for C-X75 hybrid car, with independent electric motors on all four wheels, an engine that runs on diesel, bio fuel, CNG or LPG, and CO2 emissions of less than 99 gms/km.

Chris Jackson, Programme Manager at Intelligent Energy on Proton Exchange Membrane fuel cell systems and hydrogen refueling infrastructure. Intelligent Energy is a global company based in the UK which developed the world’s first purpose built fuel cell motorbike and is supplying Boeing with the fuel cells which powered the world’s first manned fuel cell aircraft.

Our chair is Barry Shrier, CEO of Liberty Electric Cars, which is designing, engineering and manufacturing leading-edge electric vehicle technology to serve growing global demand for zero-emission transport solutions, including the world’s first pure electric high performing 4x4 - the Liberty E-Range.

Context:

The past year has seen a step-change for the automotive industry, with the UK experiencing unprecedented levels of international investment and major commitments to building new vehicles.

The UK government has already committed over £450 million in order to position the UK at the forefront of the development and manufacture of ultra-low carbon vehicles.

During the next 20 years over £150 billion will be invested in low carbon vehicle technologies in order to meet the growing global demand and pave the way to a sustainable society.

We will discuss the way forward as a community of experts during this National Science and Engineering Week event.


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