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August's newsletter
16 Aug 2017:

The August newsletter is available here:

This month's edition includes project updates and events as well as an important reminder about TRIP's integration into the Transport Research and Innovation Monitoring and Information System (TRIMIS) this autumn.

14 Aug 2017:

This autumn, TRIP's database of transport research will be transferred to a new platform called TRIMIS. Ahead of this change you need to do two things in order to transfer your TRIP account to TRIMIS.

ITM to showcase ‘large scale’ hydrogen refuelling stations
08 Aug 2017:

Energy storage company ITM Power is to unveil a series of designs for ‘large scale’ hydrogen refuelling stations, capable of producing up to 20 tonnes of hydrogen per day.

The new refuelling station designs, which will be launched at the Hydrogen + Fuel Cells North America exhibition in Las Vegas next month, are based around electrolyser configurations of up to 50MW in size.

According to ITM, industry demand for larger scale industrial installations for refuelling heavy logistics vehicles, such as road haulage vehicles, ships and trains, is driving growth in the hydrogen sector.

ITM Power chief executive, Dr Graham Cooley, said: “These new refuelling station designs are being launched in response to a dramatic increase in the number of enquiries for refuelling heavy logistics vehicles at large scale as the viability of hydrogen power continues to gather scale and momentum across a growing number of industrial applications.

“ITM Power is delighted to be in a prime position to support these important transportation sectors as they plan their transition to a greener vehicle fleet to reduce emissions. Air quality and fossil fuel emissions is now a high priority for governments worldwide.”

The company has also announced an increase in its order pipeline of £4.87m, which has been added over the last two weeks. ITM currently has £23.54m of projects under contract and £16.67m of contracts in the final stages of negotiation, totalling £40.21m.


Last month ITM signed a fuel contract with Honda UK for the purchase of hydrogen at £10/kg across the company’s hydrogen refuelling network.

ITM Power is currently rolling out a network of 10 hydrogen refuelling stations in the UK of which four are now open for public access – at Rotherham, Rainham, Teddington and Cobham. Each station produces hydrogen on site via ITM Power’s rapid response electrolyser system, and can refuel a fuel cell electric car in three minutes, providing 300 to 420 miles of clean emission driving.

The refuelling network has been financially supported by Innovate UK, Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) and the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU).

According to ITM, the Honda contract is its 17th fuel supply arrangement for refuelling fuel cell electric vehicles.

Honda joined Toyota GB PLC, Hyundai Motor UK Ltd, Commercial Group, Skanska, UlemCo Ltd, Arval UK Ltd, UK Government Car Service, Arcola Energy, Johnson Matthey, Europcar, The Science Museum, JCB, Anglo American, Green Tomato Cars, Yorkshire Ambulance Service and Northern Gas Networks as a fuel customer.

New generation of smart cars will now be better protected from hackers
08 Aug 2017:

Manufacturers urged to combat threats from hackers as cars become more intelligent.

A new generation of internet-connected cars will have to be better protected from hackers, under tough new government guidance issued today (6 August 2017).

Smart vehicles are increasingly becoming the norm on British roads – allowing drivers to access maps, travel information and new digital radio services from the driving seat.

But while smart cars and vans offer new services for drivers, it is feared would-be hackers could target them to access personal data, steal cars that use keyless entry, or even take control of technology for malicious reasons.

Now new government guidance will ensure engineers developing smart vehicles will have to toughen up cyber protections and help design out hacking. The government is also looking at a broader programme of work announced in this year’s Queen’s speech under the landmark Autonomous and Electric Vehicles Bill that aims to create a new framework for self-driving vehicle insurance.

The legislation will put Britain at the centre of the new technological developments in smart and autonomous vehicles – but while ensuring safety and consumer protection remain at the heart of the emerging industry.

Measures to be put before Parliament mean that insuring modern vehicles will provide protection for consumers if technologies fail.

This comes alongside new guidance that means manufacturers will need to design out cyber security threats as part of their development work.

This will cement the UK as a world-leading location for research and development for the next generation of vehicles. And it forms part of the government’s drive to ensure the country harnesses the economic and job-creating potential of new tech industries.

Transport Minister Lord Callanan said:

Our cars are becoming smarter and self-driving technology will revolutionise the way in which we travel. Risks of people hacking into the technology might be low, but we must make sure the public is protected. Whether we’re turning vehicles into wifi connected hotspots or equipping them with millions of lines of code to become fully automated, it is important that they are protected against cyber-attacks.

That’s why it’s essential all parties involved in the manufacturing and supply chain are provided with a consistent set of guidelines that support this global industry. Our key principles give advice on what organisations should do, from the board level down, as well as technical design and development considerations.

Mike Hawes, Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders Chief Executive, said:

We’re pleased that government is taking action now to ensure a seamless transition to fully connected and autonomous cars in the future and, given this shift will take place globally, that it is championing cyber security and shared best practice at an international level. These vehicles will transform our roads and society, dramatically reducing accidents and saving thousands of lives. A consistent set of guidelines is an important step towards ensuring the UK can be among the first – and safest – of international markets to grasp the benefits of this exciting new technology.

The government will continue to support and work collaboratively with industry to make sure vehicles are protected from cyber-attacks. The guidance principles published today will form a key part of these discussions .

July's newsletter
20 Jul 2017:

July's newsletter is out now and available here: This issue contains important information about TRIP's integration into the Transport Research and Innovation Monitoring and Information System (TRIMIS) this autumn.

Electric vehicle-to-grid technologies: apply for business funding
11 Jul 2017:

Businesses can apply for a share of up to £20 million for innovative projects that support electric vehicles to work smartly with the grid.

Up to £20 million is available from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy - working with the Office for Low Emission Vehicles and Innovate UK - to fund projects that investigate new business models, consumer awareness and technologies that support interaction between electric vehicles and the grid.

So-called vehicle-to-grid technologies are expected to play a big part in making the UK’s electricity supply network smarter and in encouraging take-up.

Vehicles that can take electricity from the grid when demand is low and return it when demand is high could help to even out peaks and troughs and make the grid more efficient.

The UK government wants nearly all cars to be zero emission by 2050, and it sees a smarter and more flexible electricity system as a major benefit to consumers and a key to future growth.

Project information

There are competitions for feasibility studies, collaborative research and development, and real-world demonstrators.

Projects are sought in:

  • business models, technology and service standards

  • understanding user acceptance and consumer engagement

  • on- and off-vehicle hardware, including bi-directional chargers, battery hardware and software, and cyber security

  • trials of different products and services in different scenarios

Larger projects are expected to include a variety of partners including from the automotive, energy and infrastructure sectors. All projects must be led by a business working with other businesses or research partners.

Find out more about our work in manufacturing and materials.

Feasibility studies

  • the competition is open and the deadline for applications is midday 18 October 2017

  • up to £2 million is available for feasibility studies

  • feasibility projects should last 12 months and range in size from total costs of £125,000 up to £225,000

  • businesses could attract up to 70% of their total costs

Find out more about the competition for feasibility studies and apply.

Collaborative research and development

  • the competition is open and the deadline for applications is midday 18 October 2017

  • up to £4 million is available for collaborative research and development

  • collaborative research and development projects should last between 18 months and 3 years and range in size from total costs of £375,000 to £1.5 million

  • businesses could attract up to 70% of their total costs

Find out more about the competition for collaborative research and development and apply.

Real-world demonstrators

  • the competition is open and the deadline for applications is midday 18 October 2017

  • up to £14 million is available for demonstrator trials in real-world environments at scale

  • demonstrator projects should last up to 3 years and project size should range from £1.5 million to £7 million

  • businesses could attract up to 70% of their total costs for technical feasibility studies and industrial research, or up to 45% for experimental development projects that are nearer to market

Find out more about the competition for demonstrator projects and apply.

IEA calls for ‘efficiency’ policies for freight transport
05 Jul 2017:

Improving the efficiency of road-freight transport is ‘crucial’ for efforts to tackle air pollution, a report published by the International Energy Agency (IEA) today (3 July) has claimed.

The report ‘The Future of Trucks: Implications for energy and the environment’ claims that trucks are a major contributor to the growth in transport-fuel consumption, as well as rising carbon dioxide and air pollutant emissions.

However, IEA has claimed that the freight sector gets ‘far less’ attention and policy focus than passenger vehicles.

Commenting on the report, IEA executive director Dr Fatih Birol, said: “For far too long there has been a lack of policy focus on truck fuel efficiency. Given they are now the dominant driver of global oil demand, the issue can no longer be ignored if we are to meet our energy and environmental objectives. Our study highlights the gains that are possible from tighter truck fuel efficiency standards and sets out other cost-effective steps to modernise freight transport.”


Within the report, highlights three areas for improvement within the freight sector.

This includes improving logistics and systems operations in order to be more efficient. Examples include near-term opportunities like using Global Positioning System to optimise truck routing, as well as real-time feedback devices that monitor the on-road fuel economy of trucks.

IEA also claims that energy-efficiency improvements for the existing fleet should include aerodynamic retrofits to reduce drag as well as low-rolling resistance tires. New trucks can use additional technologies that cut idling, use lightweight materials and take advantage of improvements to truck engines, transmissions and drivetrains, the organisation claims.

Achieving stronger cuts in fuel use, carbon dioxide and pollutant emissions requires the use of hybrids and zero emission trucks, it adds.

Finally, IEA suggests that using alternative fuels such as natural gas, biofuels, electricity and hydrogen can diversify fuel supply away from oil and also help reduce carbon emissions, especially if produced from low-carbon pathways.

Efforts to tackle emissions from the UK’s freight sector were highlighted at the LowCVP Conference ‘Cities in Motion: Tackling the Climate and Pollution Challenge’ in London last week (see story).

During the conference, Vicky Edmonds, deputy director for environmental strategy at the Department for Transport (DfT) told delegates that the government is looking at how it can work with the commercial sector to reduce vehicle emissions.