Formula One technology in BROOKESbuses saving over 800 tonnes of CO2 a year

Friday, 03 July 2015

Brookesbus Gyrodrive

As motoring fans gear up for the British Grand Prix this weekend, innovative technology developed for Formula 1 racing cars is already having a positive impact in improving air quality in Oxford.

Last year, Oxford Brookes University worked with the Oxford Bus Company and its parent company Go-Ahead, ADL and GKN Hybrid Power (formerly Williams Hybrid Power) to fit BROOKESbuses with the ‘Gyrodrive’ flywheel technology. 

Since the buses were fitted with the environmentally and cost-effective Gyrodrive system in September 2014, the BROOKESbus network has reduced its CO2 emissions by 17 per cent compared with the previous contract period. 

This reduction means that an estimated 68,500 litres of fuel has been saved and 876 tonnes of CO2 per year. 

The idea to use the technology came about through Oxford Brookes’ desire to achieve a net positive environmental impact by 2020 and Oxford Bus Company’s shared values of environmental responsibility. 

Harmful Nitrogen Dioxide emissions have been drastically reduced by combining the Gyrodrive technology with the latest EuroVI spec engines.  NO2 emissions are down by up to 95 per cent, which has helped improve the air quality in Oxford city centre. 

The project to commercialise the leading technology was led by former Oxford Brookes Engineering Graduate, Glen Pascoe. The project is the first time the commercialised flywheel technology has been fitted to service buses in the UK.

Details of the 2014 launch of the re-designed BROOKESbus can be found on the University news pages.