Future Powertrain Conference (FPC2020) is a two-day UK event which brings together industry and academic experts in the field of powertrain development. Presentations and discussions are held on the solutions to challenges faced by the engineering industry in the UK and internationally over the next ten years. With over 50 presenters and more than 200 companies attending, this event is seen as key to helping strengthen the UK engineering community and to meeting future challenges. This year the conference took place on 4th and 5th March, at the National Motorcycle Museum in Solihull.
VALUABLE was represented at FPC2020 by project lead Alberto Minguela (HSSMI). VALUABLE was present on the HSSMI stand, which included two other HSSMI projects – Perseus and E:PriME, and Alberto also had a speaking slot on the second day of the conference.
The focus of VALUABLE at the event was on promoting the creation of a circular supply chain – for batteries, as well as for powertrains in the UK. One of the main objectives of VALUABLE is to create a battery evaluation tool that would support recycling and 2nd life opportunities for batteries.
Alberto spoke about the potential of creating a circular supply chain for EV powertrains in the UK in his presentation, which also included some key insights from the VALUABLE Industrial Advisory Board. The presentation explained that there are challenges and barriers involved in shifting to a circular supply chain, but that this move would allow the automotive industry to absorb the waste generated in the uptake of electric vehicles. The full presentation is available in the video below.
A secondary objective in attending the conference was to gain knowledge of the latest technology and trends in powertrain development. As such, the VALUABLE project supports engineers to further develop their career in this field. In attending some of the conference sessions, we learned that: