Simon Shepherd was appointed as the new Director of C-ALPS and is now looking to hit the target of environmental and commercial mobility.
The new head of a 50m pound state-of-the-art-facility for creating cleaner mobility is targeting participation in over 20m pound of collaborative industrial research projects this year as the race to electrification gathers pace.
Simon Shepherd has been appointed as the Director for the Centre for Advanced Low-Carbon Propulsion Systems (C-ALPS), a Coventry University research initiative established to engage with strategic industrial partners.
The powertrain systems expert has been given the task of developing capabilities in energy storage, power electronics and electrical machines, as he looks to bring together cutting-edge academic research and commercial expertise to help industry partners to accelerate commercialisation of clean technologies.
Coventry University and founding partner FEV have already invested over 15m pound into the C-ALPS facility, installing an electronics lab, battery cell prototype line and battery cycling lab alongside FEV’s own state-of-the-art engine test cells. It will now look to attract next generation technology projects that help OEMs and the supply chain meet an increasing public demand for real-world CO2 reduction through cleaner mobility.
“The race to decarbonised transport is one of the biggest challenges facing the automotive sector right now, as all of the big players try to find increasingly high-tech ways to meet stringent emission targets whilst ensuring their organisations remain profitable,” explained Simon, who is a Chartered Engineer, IMechE Member and Mentor.
“At the heart of this is how we power the vehicles of the future and how we can move faster towards mass adoption of hybridised and fully electric transport, the billion-dollar question that we are all working frantically to find an answer to that works both environmentally and commercially.”
He continued: “C-ALPS has the potential answer, providing the sector with unique access to the best professors, applied learning, industrial expertise and an e-mobility hub that is packed with the latest testing, development and prototyping capabilities. There is really nothing else like it in the UK.
“Our first eight months have been about recruiting some of the UK’s best academic talent and investing in facilities that include a battery cell prototype and test facility that can produce and characterise cells in many standard automotive pouch and cylindrical formats.”