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The hydrogen-powered, electric-driven Morgan LIFECar
Ever since its appearance in the Morgan LIFECar, the revolutionary electric power unit from YASA Motors has been creating a stir. Now a new KTP project with Oxford Brookes is helping to prepare the motor for mass production.
The university's unique expertise in composites and joining technology will dramatically reduce manufacturing time and the cost of materials; this will enable the company to address new markets and realise the full potential of its radical design.
The Joining Technology Research Centre (JTRC) at Oxford Brookes has a long track record in leading the development of new materials such as injection moulded polymers and composites, and of the sophisticated adhesives required to make the best of them in practical applications. Part of the two-year YASA Motors project will investigate ways to disassemble the product at the end of its life, and reclaim the valuable components for more sustainable production.
James Broughton, Head of the JTRC, believes the project will challenge both the company and the university. 'No off-the-shelf solution exists for joining the new materials like this. We'll be developing and testing in our labs as we go, and we'll all learn important lessons in the process. It's an exciting time.'
Having won KTP funding worth more than £100k from the government's Technology Strategy Board, the university is now looking for a talented young engineer to work with the Abingdon-based company under James' supervision.
Read more about Knowledge Transfer Partnerships with Oxford Brookes University.