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Agency: GTR | Branch: Innovate UK | Program: | Phase: Collaborative Research & Development | Award Amount: 96.02K | Year: 2012

This project is a collaboration between TRL and Balfour Beatty Rail Technologies to develop a method for identifying low adhesion areas of the rail network, in real-time, and presenting this to network operators in a way that facilitates more effective response to the problems caused by low adhesion. It will build on BBRT’s existing product range by introducing technology and practices from TRL’s experience of road condition surveys and management of infrastructure assets. The availability of real-time adhesion data will enable lower cost and more effective management deployment of measures to improve rail adhesion as well as providing information to assist train drivers maximise the performance within the limitation of the current conditions. If successful, this will lead to considerable cost and safety benefits arising from reduced delay, risk of critical events, and wear to track and rolling stock.


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Agency: GTR | Branch: Innovate UK | Program: | Phase: Collaborative Research & Development | Award Amount: 1.84M | Year: 2014

This project will deliver a production-feasible waste heat recovery system for urban commercial vehicles, which offers life-cycle CO2 savings of up to 40%, fuel savings up to almost 50%, and potential payback in less than three years. The project uses the Dearman Engine, a high efficiency liquid-air expander that uniquely harvests low grade heat sources and is most effective in urban duty cycles, working with the internal combustion engine as a hybrid. In so doing, more efficient and less transient ICE operation is realised, leading not only to higher efficiency but to potential for improved air quality or simplified aftertreatment. The technology uses readily available materials with low embedded carbon, and operates with commercially available liquid nitrogen which is already produced using off-peak electricity and has great potential for storing “wrong-time” renewables. Bringing together expertise in the Dearman system, industrial gases, IC engines, vehicle systems, legislation and standards and manufacturing, the consortium will advance TRL, MRL and develop an exploitation plan. This will be achieved through an on vehicle demonstration of the system alongside a process of engaging the potential supply, demand and legislative chains. The project creates significant UK advantage in a future urban medium/heavy duty vehicle market of over 3 million units per year.


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Agency: GTR | Branch: Innovate UK | Program: | Phase: Feasibility Study | Award Amount: 62.49K | Year: 2011

TRL are the lead partner of a consortium consisting of Axeon Technologies, Oakdene Hollins and University of Sheffield, undertaking a feasibility study on the recycling of electric vehicle Lithium ion batteries. The main focus of the feasibility study is to identify a cost effective method for recycling of automotive Lithium-Ion batteries and to understand whether it can contribute to reducing the initial purchase price of EVs in the UK. In doing so, the project aims to develop a battery tracking and state of health monitoring methodology which, combined with the identification of the possible value of recoverable raw materials from an EV battery, will allow the development of a model to determine when it is cost effective to recycle an EV battery.


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Agency: GTR | Branch: Innovate UK | Program: | Phase: Feasibility Study | Award Amount: 65.73K | Year: 2011

TRL are the lead partner of a consortium consisting of ecoXchange, EDF Energy, E.ON and Red Deer Technology Group. This project seeks to identify the optimal business case for EV battery reuse in the UK by determining what the highest value services for EV battery reuse could be, and how technically feasible these reuse applications are. This feasibility study is focusing on investigating the feasibility of reusing EV batteries for energy utilities applications. The project will investigate where the highest value locations for electricity storage may be; whether on transmission or distribution networks, or on community or domestic-scale installations. It will also investigate what the highest value services are, which could be: provision of back-up power, peak-shaving, load-shifting, grid-investment deferral or provision of balancing services.

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