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Mini Seminars I,A&T 2024

The Drive to Net Zero

What is Net Zero, how and where do we measure it? - Andrew Eastlake, Consultant
Using the UK transport sector (the biggest GHG contributor) as an example, this presentation aims to highlight how engineering principles and defining clear boundaries and measurements, are fundamental to understanding how the products and policies should be designed for a true net zero future and how Greenhouse Gas is not the only sustainability metric needed.


Lightweighting Electric Vehicles - Robin Hall, Mika Cars
Electric vehicles come with the inevitable weight penalty of carrying the battery pack at all times, even when the energy is largely depleted. Petrol and diesel powered vehicles have the advantage of losing weight as the fuel is burnt off. Hall Engineering And Design now has four BEV designs under its belt and has learned how to right-size the battery, efficiently design the vehicle package and incorporate the battery casing in to the vehicle structure. By showing real-world examples ranging from a 675 kg sports car to a 19 tonne refuse collection vehicle we aim to show how careful integration of the battery and drivetrain in to a dedicated EV architecture can minimise the weight gains to the benefit of payload, range and efficiency.


Range improvement of EV thermal efficiency through physical and virtual evaluation – Ben Gale, HORIBA MIRA
In relatively cool weather, (-7C) up to ~40% of an EV’s range can be ‘lost’ to thermal management systems. At a time when energy and sustainability are critical, the optimisation of this previously 'low priority’ system is key. Coupled with the continuous demand for high quality in-vehicle experience, OEMs and thermal system suppliers are striving to differentiate through attributes such as human comfort. Implementing this necessitates a substantial increase in complex development costs and additional time for delivery.  This incisive presentation demonstrates how HORIBA MIRA is helping our customers to: (1) Tackle this challenge earlier through the use of virtual methodologies, (2) Reduce the cost/risk of this new development and (3) Making the overall development process more sustainable.


Alternative future technologies to replace conventional ICE: A brief Overview - Upul Wijayantha, Cranfield University
Phasing out of ICE based vehicles has already started in line with the commitments made by a number of governments. Alternative low-carbon fuels and carbon emission free vehicle technologies are being penetrated to replace conventional ICE vehicles. This short presentation provides an overview of those alternative technologies.


Sustainable goods transport through reduce, reuse and recycle - Ram Gokal, Innervated Vehicle Engineering
Ram will present the process to develop a hydrogen fuel cell powertrain to retrofit existing vans. They will describe how, by addressing the existing 37million vans on the roads of Europe that produce 148 million tonnes of CO2e per year, the transition to zero emissions can be more sustainable than constantly building new vehicles.


Andrew Eastlake, Consultant
Until January ’24 Andy Eastlake was CEO of Zemo Partnership (formerly the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership) a public private partnership working to accelerate the UK road transport sector to low and zero carbon solutions.  Prior to Zemo, Andy spent over 25yrs in automotive test and development with Millbrook proving ground, ultimately responsible for all the laboratories and commercial test activity. He has spent much of his career bringing the rigours of engineering into real world evidence building for policy development and clarity in communications, in both the public and private sectors. Now working as a consultant in the transport sector,  Andy is Chartered engineer and a fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.


Robin Hall, Hall Engineering & Design
Robin graduated in mechanical engineering and moved in to mainstream automotive engineering at Rover, JLR and Corus Automotive (now Tata Technologies). 20 years ago he set up Hall Engineering And Design offering engineering consultancy to mainstream and niche vehicle manufacturers. The MIKA meon e is a recent departure; having successfully designed several vehicles for clients, this is his own product."


Ben has seven years of technical sales at HORIBA MIRA for Net Zero and Future Propulsion group. Spanning a breadth of topics from holistic energy management, complex control systems, and thermal management. Prior to HORIBA MIRA, he was a motorsport application engineer (F1, 24-Endurance, NASCAR, INDY, Aus V8SC) specialising in embedded/wireless electronics for 5 years. He holds a BSc in Physics from Warwick University. In his spare time he runs a tennis and Pickleball club in his village and enjoys experimenting with 3D printing.



Upul Wijayantha, Cranfield University
Professor Upul Wijayantha has considerable expertise in low-carbon H2 technologies, electrochemical energy storage, energy materials and the circular chemical economy, having led industrial development of green H2 production. At present, he is the interim Director of Energy and Sustainability theme at Cranfield University.



Ram Gokal, Innervated Vehicle Engineering
Ram Gokal has over 25 years of expertise in the automotive industry and has held key roles at Alexander Dennis Ltd, Fiat Powertrain Technologies and GM Powertrain Europe. He has successfully set up manufacturing plants in India and Poland, implemented efficiency improvements in various organisations, and most recently, played a pivotal role in developing battery electric and hydrogen commercial vehicle platforms and technology.

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