On the 9th & 10th November we were invited by UKTI (UK Trade & Investment) showcase to exhibit our compact hybrid power train at the Innovate 2015 show in London.
We met with a number of potential investors in the project and attracted a lot of interest from potential customers. Far from being a purely automotive project we found interest from companies associated with marine, off highway and military sectors, in addition to the more obvious two and four wheel road vehicle markets.
The off highway sector was particularly interesting as it wasn’t an area we had considered but the challenges of finding hybrid power trains capable of meeting the latest emissions standards appears to be more of a challenge than we had anticipated. As a result interest ranged from hydraulic platform manufacturers through to aircraft tugs and baggage handling equipment in an airport setting.
Our largest market will always be for on highway applications and we received enquiries about licensing several innovations, and associated patents, relating to optimising the transition between engine speeds that we have been working on to reduce emissions in addition to organisations interested in purchasing complete power trains.
During the last year Meteor Power has met with industry insiders, potential investors and government departments, such as UKTI, OLEV and BIS, to discuss the specifications and designs for a compact hybrid power train. The company was even invited to present the project at the LowCVP event at the Houses of Parliament back in March.
One of the most common challenges was being able to demonstrate the level of innovation contained in the hybrid power train and show just how compact it will actually be. With this in mind Meteor Power set about designing a three dimensional computer model that would help.
Beginning with the cylinder head design that Meteor Power developed for their Aprilia based MotoGP engine project a couple of years ago the rest of the model was much less detailed although to a similarly accurate scale and capability, i.e. everything about this engine was an accurate size and, with more development, be developed in to a working power train.
With help from KW Special Projects in Brackley these components were printed using their latest 3D printing technology.
With brass threaded inserts the model components were then bolted together using actual engine bolts with other engine components, such as ignition coils, spark plugs and cam position sensors also fitted.