AFRC & HV Systems join forces to develop vehicles

AFRC & HV Systems join forces to develop vehicles

HV Systems is delighted to receive support from Professor Keith Ridgway CBE, the founder of Advanced Forming Research Centre. In a letter to HV Systems, he says:

“I am writing as Executive Chair of the University of Strathclyde’s Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC), and as part of the group tasked with developing the business plan for the National Manufacturing Institute for Scotland. The purpose of this letter is to highlight AFRC’s support for HV Systems’ business proposition to develop and commercialise a range of hydrogen fuel cell commercial vehicles, starting with Light Commercial Vehicles and moving on to Heavy Goods Vehicles and other service vehicles.

The level of change that is likely to take place over the coming years with respect to transportation, and especially propulsion systems for transportation, will be genuinely transformational. While several UK based organisations have active programmes related to passenger vehicles, the area of freight transportation is receiving relatively little UK attention. The HV Systems proposition is therefore of considerable interest, especially given the fact that it could see the basis for a game changing product range from within Scotland. Based on this my team at the AFRC is exploring several mechanisms for supporting HV Systems. In particular we will be exploring:

  • A systematic assessment of the key design and manufacture elements of the HV Systems product concept where there is a strong basis for anchoring innovation, through value creation and high value employment, in Scotland;
  • A collaborative research partnership with HV Systems and other industrial partners with which will target Advanced Propulsion Centre funding. Likewise we will also investigate options via the BEIS Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) as a potential funding source;
  • Mechanisms for Scottish submissions to future waves of UK Industrial Strategy Challenge Funds, potentially linked to wider HVM Catapult engagement with that activity which is linked to development of strong and sustainable UK based manufacturing supply chains.

I suggest that the HV Systems proposition is somewhat unique within Scotland, and that ambitious proposals of this type will need to be supported by, government and economic development and transport agencies such as Scottish Enterprise and Transport Scotland. The timing of the company’s plan aligns well with major UK level opportunities, and with a transformational shift in industrial strategy.

We look forward to seeing HV Systems continue to thrive with support from AFRC, and other relevant innovation support, such as from Scottish Enterprise and Innovate UK.”

HV Systems is pleased to now be working with the AFRC and benefitting from their state-of-the-art research and development centres including access to High Value Manufacturing Catapult.

In 2011 the UK Government set up the HVM Catapult to act as the catalyst for growth and success of UK advanced manufacturing; aiming to turn ideas into commercial reality, bridging the gap between academia and industry.

The Advanced Forming Research Centre is one of seven catapult centres across the UK, the only one in Scotland. The centres offer businesses of all sizes and from all sectors access to world-class equipment, expertise and collaborative working opportunities.

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