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Metrology for Electrochemical Propulsion

New RAEng-NPL-HORIBA MIRA Chair at UCL to develop solutions for net zero transport

The Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) has announced new joint industry-academia research partnerships that will address some of the complex engineering challenges facing society.

NPL is delighted that Professor Dan Brett has been appointed NPL/HORIBA MIRA Chair in Metrology for Electrochemical Propulsion at UCL, one of three prestigious RAEng Research Chairs established through this scheme. This joint position aims to make the UK a world-leader, both scientifically and commercially, in metrology for electrochemical power systems.

Electronic mobility is one of the fastest-growing industries on the planet and is essential to meet the UK government’s legally binding commitments on climate change, including a ban on new diesel and petrol car sales by 2030. There is a seismic shift away from conventional piston engine powered propulsion to electrochemical solutions such as batteries, fuel cells and supercapacitors. This Research Chair will develop measurement tools to support this fundamental change in the way vehicles are powered.

With a focus on industry-relevant research across the full range of engineering disciplines, the RAEng Research Chairs and Senior Research Fellowships scheme enhances the links between academia and businesses with each of the prestigious five-year positions co-sponsored by an industrial partner. Each awardee will establish a world-leading research group in their engineering field.

Professor Brett says: “This Research Chair combines fundamental engineering innovations from the Electrochemical Innovation Lab at UCL and the National Physical Laboratory’s world-leading metrology with a route to market for our innovations, instruments and services in the form of HORIBA MIRA. The prestige that accompanies a Royal Academy of Engineering Research Chair lends significant credibility and provides a strong mandate for the activity. This will help attract stakeholders and draw attention to the critical need for metrology innovation in the rapidly evolving vehicle propulsion industries.”

Professor Karen Holford CBE FREng FLSW, Chair of the RAEng Research Committee, says: “These awardees illustrate brilliantly how expert engineering researchers, when partnered with industry, underpin the success of UK engineering research and innovation. The kind of work we are seeing illustrates why government has demonstrated such confidence in the economic value of our sector through its Innovation Strategy.”

Find out more about the other RAEng Research Chairs and Senior Research Fellowships here.

08 Oct 2021