University of Bath’s Institute for Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems (IAAPS) washas been officially unveiled. This facility, situated at the Bristol & Bath Science Park, is set to drive transformative change in the transportation industry as it leads the charge towards a net-zero future.
The launch event witnessed the convergence of over 250 distinguished guests, representing a diverse spectrum of stakeholders, including industry titans, academic luminaries, trade bodies, and government officials. Notable attendees included Chris Skidmore, Member of Parliament for Kingswood and Chair of the Net Zero Review, alongside other prominent figures.
IAAPS, with a sprawling 11,300 square meters of cutting-edge infrastructure, comes to life thanks to substantial investments from key players. The University of Bath has made a significant commitment, with support from the UK Government’s Research England and the West of England Mayoral Combined Authority.
The culmination of this ambitious endeavor was marked by a formal launch ceremony, graced by distinguished dignitaries such as Dan Norris, Metro Mayor of the Mayoral Combined Authority, John Glen MP, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, and Chris Skidmore MP. Alongside them were Professor Ian White, Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Bath, Professor Chris Brace, Executive Director of IAAPS, and Professor Sarah Hainsworth, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research).
Professor Chris Brace, IAAPS Executive Director, underscored the significance of IAAPS as a strategic investment exceeding £70 million. He emphasized IAAPS’s dual role as a facility and a commitment to push technological boundaries. The institute aims to develop cleaner, more efficient, and safer vehicles while nurturing the next generation of engineers, researchers, and innovators.
The official opening of the IAAPS facility is a pivotal moment for the University of Bath. It signifies the university’s commitment to advancing research and innovation, not only regionally but also on the national and international stages.
IAAPS’s endeavors extend well beyond conventional propulsion systems. The center has recently witnessed substantial investment in pioneering hydrogen research and testing capabilities. This includes the establishment of a green hydrogen manufacturing plant, the first of its kind in the South West of England. Additionally, a closed-loop cryogenic helium system has been installed.
IAAPS’s expanding scope and expertise lay the groundwork for trailblazing initiatives, including a regional Hydrogen Sustainable Transport Economy Acceleration Hub. This initiative involves collaboration with over 30 cross-sector partners to foster green growth in the region and strengthen the national hydrogen research infrastructure.
Upon full scaling, IAAPS is projected to stimulate £67 million in additional R&D investment within five years and generate an additional turnover of £800 million within the UK automotive sector alone. Furthermore, the institute is expected to contribute £221 million in additional Gross Value Added to the UK economy. It is anticipated that IAAPS will support around 1,900 new jobs across the supply chain within the UK, in addition to directly employing approximately 190 people.