The Low Carbon KTN promotes a low carbon landscape in a range of ways
During the past year there has been continued growth in interest and activity in reducing vehicle CO² emissions. In May 2009, the New Automotive Innovation and Growth Team published its report setting out a 20-year vision for the UK automotive sector. Central to its work was setting out a technology roadmap for exploiting UK opportunities in low-carbon vehicles and fuels.
A particular feature of the low-carbon landscape in recent times has been the ongoing promotion of the electrification of road transport, exemplified by the announcement by the Department for Transport of £250m of consumer incentives available from 2011 to stimulate the uptake of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles.
This momentum has continued with the launch of the £1m AlternativeFuel Infrastructure Grant Programme, which provides funding for electric, natural gas and hydrogen fuelling infrastructure, together with the announcement of a number of regional and city-based electrification initiatives.
The smart ed electric vehicle, which is currently on a 100-vehicle trial in the UK supported by Cenex, is powered by an electric drive developed and fitted by Lichfield-based Zytek
The Low Carbon Knowledge Transfer Network (LC KTN) provides a single national overarching network for the UK low-carbon automotive community. The LC KTN aims to promote collaboration, best practice and knowledge sharing by bringing together a variety of stakeholders, including businesses (suppliers and customers), universities, research and technology organisations, the finance community and other intermediaries. The LC KTN works with the national KTN network, plus other relevant stakeholders in the low-carbon landscape, including national, regional and local government.
The LC KTN combines:
The Low Carbon KTN is continuing the low-carbon automotive work of the Low Carbon and Fuel Cell Technology KTN, forming an integral part of enhanced knowledge transfer activities for the transport sector. The Low Carbon KTN will still work closely with its fuel cell colleagues, who are now part of the Energy Generation and Supply KTN.
The Low Carbon KTN focuses on technologies that reduce carbon dioxide emissions from vehicles. The technologies fall into four main categories:
Cenex CEO Robert Evans speaking at the Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Transport Conference organised by the KTN in March 2009.
The Low Carbon KTN organised a number of events and workshops to promote collaboration and consortium formation for collaborative R&D calls issued by the Technology Strategy Board this year.
Science Minister Lord Drayson (right) and Technology Strategy Board member Iain Gray at the 2008 National Low Carbon Vehicle Event, which was supported by the Low Carbon KTN. The programme offered a unique ?three in one? opportunity for the UK low-carbon industry ? a low-carbon vehicle technology exhibition; a ride and drive; and a technical conference.
The Low Carbon KTN is managed by Cenex, the UK?s first national centre of excellent for low-carbon and fuel-cell technologies. Cenex works with SMMT Foresight Vehicle to deliver the Low Carbon KTN.
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Added the 04 October 2009 in category Innovation UK Vol5-2