|Automotive Cleantech: Driving Innovation - 2 April 2014|
The Automotive Cleantech event on 2 April will focus on the role of innovation in automobiles and transport. This morning event will cover a range of approaches to low carbon mobility and will include speakers representing both Government funding bodies and private sector investors - as well as companies developing innovative solutions.
The event is sponsored by K&L Gates and takes place at their offices in central London. The agenda will be as follows:
08.15 - Registration and breakfast
08.50 - Panel 1 - Innovation in Automotives
The Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG)'s HVM (High Value Manufacturing) Catapult is a technical centre of excellence which is funded by the UK's Technology Strategy Board. The HVM Catapult takes a whole systems approach and focuses on three specific research themes: Lightweight Product / System Optimisation; Energy Storage and Management; Digital Validation and Verification.
Productiv offers services to technology developers to help with technology commercialisation and entry into the supply chain of large automotive OEMs. Its service include application and production engineering support, low/medium volume production sourcing, support for investment and grant funding, strategy development, automotive standard process and quality management and business and market development. Productiv is currently working with Technology Developers developing full electric turbochargers; variable valve actuation systems; hybrid drivetrains; flywheel energy storage devices; batteries and battery management systems.
Hugh has worked in the early-stage, funding and business development arena centred around the east of England for the past 14 years. He is currently Chairman of Cambridge Cleantech and will speak both about the automotive innovation and expertise in the Cambridge region and about some of his personal investments in the automotive sector.
Frank will speak about the the 80DR (Eighty Day Race), which aims to provide a test bed and showcase for low carbon automotive technologies.
10.15 - Coffee Break
10.40 - Session 2:
Venture Capital Investment in low carbon mobility innovation
Ecomobilité Ventures is a newly created 25M€ multi corporate (SNCF, Orange, Total) venture fund, dedicated to sustainable mobility. Its first investments, in 2012, included Move About, a Norwegian company offering BtoB carsharing services; EZ Wheel ,a French company which has developed a smart wheel concept and ZilokAuto (Ouicar), which delivers PtoP carsharing services.
Autotech Ventures is dedicated to early stage transportation technology startup companies. Its areas of focus include the Connected Vehicle (mobility services, driver assistance, telematics software and human machine interface); Advanced Materials (semiconductors, energy storage, lightweighting smart / eco); Advanced Powertrain (components refueling, repairing and recycling).
Berlin-based Ubitricity has developed the Mobile Metering EV charging solution based around technology which meters the electricity used through the charging cable, rather than the charging post - reducing the cost of installation of charging infrastructure. The solution permits the low cost integration of charging points into existing infrastructure such as street lights. Ubitricity's investors include Earlybird, IBB Beteiligungsgesellschaft and Heinz Dürr, the former CEO of AEG and Deutsche Bahn.
Aeristech has developed a cheap and effective method for controlling high-speed motors and has produced and demonstrated some of the most high-performance electric compressors and turbines in the world. Aeristech's Electric Superchargers (eSuperchargers) are highly efficient and have a high power-to-weight ratio.
Carzapp is a German car sharing company which raised funding of EUR250,000 through German crowd funding website Seedmatch in 2013, valuing the company at EUR2.5 million.