Science Minister, Chris Skidmore MP unveiled a commemorative plaque on Monday 10 June to mark the latest milestone in the development of the University of Bath’s new £70m Institute for Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems (IAAPS).
£10 million has been allocated to IAAPS by the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership through the Local Growth Fund, administered by the West of England Combined Authority.
West of England Mayor, Tim Bowles, said: “The West of England is set to lead the world in the development of ultra-low emission vehicles. Supporting innovation and business growth like this is key to our economic success. The IAAPS project also supports our ambitions for clean economic growth and will help us to attract even more innovative businesses to the region.”
Professor Steve West, Chair of the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership, added: “We’re proud to help drive the development of this global centre of excellence in our region with investment through the Local Growth Fund. IAAPS will also support the development of a much larger and more competitive automotive business cluster in the region, providing access to its state-of-the art facilities to start-ups and small to medium-sized companies.”
IAAPS will be a global centre of excellence, delivering transformational research and innovation and supporting the automotive industries in meeting future air quality standards. It will lead the development of future generations of ultra-low emission vehicles and attract sector-related businesses to the region, generating economic growth.
The University of Bath’s Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Ian White said: “The Institute is a hugely exciting development which will enable Bath to help tackle the many challenges facing the automotive industry, by working with some of the industry’s leading vehicle manufacturers to develop future generations of ultra-low emission vehicles.
“We are hugely grateful to Research England and the West of England Combined Authority and Local Enterprise Partnership for their support, and to our ongoing partners in the automotive industry, which include McLaren, Ford and Jaguar Land Rover.”
David Sweeney, Executive Chair, Research England said: “Research England is pleased to see IAAPS reach this important milestone. The project is fulfilling the aspirations of our UK Research Partnership Investment Fund, by building on the University of Bath’s existing research excellence in propulsion technology, strengthening its strategic ties with industry and leveraging considerable co-investment from non-public sources.
“When complete, the combination of world-leading university researchers, industry specialists, and leading engineers and scientists within this state-of-the-art research facility will be a hugely important step forward in our collective pursuit of cleaner energy and reduced CO2 emissions.”
Attendees had the opportunity to take a tour through the IAAPS building using the latest virtual reality headset technology as well as hear from members of AVL UK Limited who were recently appointed as the equipment supplier for IAAPS.
Opening in 2021, IAAPS builds on over four decades of advanced propulsion system expertise at the University of Bath, working in collaboration with industry and academia to deliver transformational research into cleaner, smarter engines, powertrains and driver technologies.
The Institute will also stimulate over £67 million in additional automotive research investment by 2025, creating an additional turnover of £800 million for the UK automotive sector. It is also projected to create more than 100 jobs on-site once fully operational and support nearly 1,900 new highly productive jobs in the industry across the supply chain.
More information about IAAPS is available at https://www.bath.ac.uk/iaaps.
Images: Top right: All the speakers with the unveiled plaque. Left to right: Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian White, Chris Skidmore MP, student Gregory Tzermias, Chair of the University Council Pamela Chesters, Professor Chris Brace and IAAPS CEO Ian Constance.