Loughborough MP Nicky Morgan has visited a newly installed and commissioned research laboratory at Loughborough University to view progress on an engineering project which is seeking to improve the catalytic conversion efficiencies of exhaust systems in heavy duty vehicles (HDVs).
The £4.5m project marks the first collaboration between Loughborough University and the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI). The ETI, which is based at Loughborough’s Holywell Park, is hosted by the universities of Loughborough, Birmingham and Nottingham, as part of the Midlands Energy Consortium.
The newly installed laboratory is designed to visualise and measure the fluid and gas flows present within modern HDV exhaust systems using a range of laser diagnostic techniques and high definition cameras.
The ETI commissioned and funded project is led by Johnson Matthey, who in addition to collaborating with the university, is also working alongside ETI member Caterpillar.
The work by the university is led by the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering.
Nicky Morgan MP for Loughborough, said: “It was fascinating to visit the new laboratory to see this hugely exciting project. In the coming years, fuel efficiency will become a pressing issue for organisations and companies who regularly use heavy duty vehicles. The collaborative work between Loughborough University and the ETI will not only help in the UK’s efforts to reduce carbon emissions, but also at a practical level too by driving down the costs of running these vehicles.”
The project, which is expected to be completed in 2016, is part of the ETI’s £40m Heavy Duty Efficiency Programme. Officially launched last year by Business Secretary, Dr Vince Cable, the programme is aiming to improve systems integration and technology development across the HDV sector – with an aim to increase the efficiency of land and marine vehicles by up to 30%.