03 Nov 2010 11:11:14
Materials for energy-efficient vehicles to be developed
Materials for use in more efficient car and aircraft engines are to be developed at a new high-tech engineering facility.
The University of Leicester opened the Engineering Materials Integration Centre yesterday (November 2nd), with the aim of producing materials and technology to solve engineering problems.
Professor Sarah Hainsworth, head of the new centre, said that the "next-generation" materials being developed at the £1 million facility include those for use within "more efficient aero and automotive engines".
"The new materials contribute to decreasing CO2 emissions and improving the environmental impact of transport – this will help society to meet targets for minimising impact on climate change," she added.
Located in the university's Stirling/Gowan Engineering Building, the centre brings together expertise from the science, engineering, geology, chemistry and physics departments.
The government is currently on a push to promote the development of low-carbon vehicles in the UK.
In September, transport secretary Phillip Hammond announced funding totalling £52 million for six energy-efficient transport projects, including the development of lightweight materials for vehicles.