High-pressure high-temperature reversed capacitive pressure transducer Patent pending- applied March 2016
NevCap is a part of ECORR project for the purpose of measuring tyre inflation pressure. NevCap is a novel design of a low power high sensitive high-temperature MEMS elliptical capacitive gauge and/or absolute pressure sensor that can be utilized within wireless sensor systems, e.g. Tyre Pressure Monitoring System. The sensor design benefits form allowing wider measurement range when compared to conventional capacitive sensors. More technical details for NevCap can be found in the published article:
Interjet RR – InterJET RR is a two year project and is an expansion of the highly successful EcoRR project. The InterJET RR technology is to be control integrated with the EcoRR system around the wheel area and then expanded into virtual spoilers and enhanced diffusers. The technology, integrated in strategic locations of the vehicle develops high velocity jet systems with technical capabilities of of air velocities ranging 450-650 mph to aerodynamically shape the automobile regardless of styling restrictions. The technology is expected to reduce drag thus generating up to 2% of CO2 saving.
PSIM is an environment feedback sensing system that can bring together the technologies of Interjet and ECORR to provide optimised variable fuel efficiency in aerodynamics and rolling resistance. PSIM is a system that monitors tyre deformation patterns to determine if ECORR is functioning properly and/or to report to the main vehicle computer any faulty behaviour within the tyre-road interaction domain to enhance driving safety and vehicle control. PSIM also helps establish a better understanding of ECORR tyre behaviour.
In addition, PSIM is used to detect road surfaces following the collection of road surface conditions data by the system on as many known surfaces as possible which is stored in the library that is built-in within it which can be recalled and checked against whilst detecting road surfaces on the go. This will allow a more informed approach to future designs of vehicle manoeuvre, braking and steering systems.
Automated central heating radiator zone management controller valve.
Patent pending- applied May 2009
Revolution Radiator Controller
Environmentally we waste a lot of energy heating rooms when realistically they do not need heating
This project is developing a patented invention that is intended to:
The invention can be powered by a small energy scavenging device that is integrated into a bypass valve. This can effectively allow you to heat what rooms you want, when you want. The advantage of the bypass valve is that it constantly powers the energy scavenging device whilst requiring very little power to actually divert the flow past the radiator when needed. It will thus create an automatic solution for optimising the complete central heating system.
When connected to a WIFI control circuit the unit is able to prioritise heating orders and central time management of the entire central heating installation
Variable Rolling Resistance Tyre System
Patent pending- applied June 2010
EcoRR –The Dynamically variable Rolling Resistance Tyre System (TSB funded project)
ECORR is an Innovate UK collaborative project as part of the Low Carbon Vehicles Disruptive technologies field. The project is progressing towards on vehicle demonstration and showing exciting potential. The ECORR Tyre system is probably the most radical design advancement in vehicle development since the Radial tyre. ECORR is a pneumatic self powered inner tyre device for distorting the profile and footprint of the tyre to greatly reduce the rolling resistance under steady driving, then rapidly revert back to performance tyre conditions under more dynamic driving such as cornering, braking or acceleration
‘Imagine having the efficiency of a racing bike and the traction of a Mountain bike yet in a car’
‘Imagine being able to have high traction tyres that last longer and keep their high traction ability for longer’
‘Imagine economy performance tyres a current contradiction’
‘Greater Fuel efficiency – projected saving 7.5 percent’
‘Imagine not worrying about tyre pressures’
All of this means that using this tyre will have a significant impact on global CO2 emissions.
This project is currently partnered by Randle Engineering, Potenza Technology and The University of Birmingham to perform feasibility studies on this very ambitious but potentially groundbreaking project and bring it to fruition.
Rolling Resistance is a main contributor to fuel efficiency and vehicle noise and this contribution increases dramatically when driving speeds are lower and another main contributor aerodynamics reduces exponentially.
Even a 5 percent improvement in Fuel efficiency that the ECORR could potentially provide, would equate to Global Road Transport Emissions of 3653 million Tonnes of CO2, calculated as a World saving of 183 million Tonnes or 0.8 percent of total global emissions. (Taken from World Resources Institute 2003 and EU Commission Communication – SEC(2006)1078)
Pulse Modulated Revolutionary ECO Heating Network- University of Birmingham PhD undergoing Feasibility studies
Puse Modulated Revolutionary ECO Heating Network
PULSAR is a revolutionary new concept in central heating design. The network operates in a similar way to the human body. The fluid is pulsed around the system like the heart would pulse fluid around the body as and when it needs it and in the most efficient manner. It turns convention on its head and makes a central heating system perform to the optimum efficiency of the boiler instead of the boiler working to the inefficiency of the System.
In the PULSAR concept the radiators no longer run in parallel. Instead fluid is pulsed in sequence around the system allowing a level of efficiency and control that was unachievable by today’s radiator systems.
PULSAR is a scalable concept aimed at eventually looking at the greater picture of district and commercial heating.
The PULSAR project is a proof of concept project aimed at performing computer simulation and control optimisation along with building performance studies to provide market compatibility evidence.
Rolling Motion Energy Generator – TSB SMART award project
Tyre Oscillating Generator
TOGEN is a simplistic device that has been born from the ECORR project. The device is an energy harvester with far higher energy generation capabilities than competing devices. The device is capable of supplying both air flow and electrical power to many different applications both within and outside of the wheel and for markets in both the automotive and bicycle sectors.
The TOGEN project is a twelve month proof of concept project aimed at taking advantage of the simplistic design and current safety technologies to get a rapid introduction to market. TOGEN has been proven to produce 17w at 70mph for off-road application and a scaled down 1.7w for tyre pressure maintanance.
Cool Battery Technology – Coventry University Grant Award
Cool Bat Technology
This project is to design a battery pack suitable for high load duty cycle applications such as electric race and track cars. The market for pure electric vehicles is in its infancy, and pure electric track vehicles even more so. However, initiatives such as Formula-E are starting to develop the market. In such applications, battery systems design requires significantly more consideration of cooling compared to conventional road applications.
The project will be to design a battery and cooling system suitable for a potential application in a race vehicle
High Efficiency Thermal Renewable Energy generator
High Efficiency Thermal Renewable Energy generator
The emergence of the Liquid Air Energy Network LAEN provides the foundation for our exciting new scalable super high efficiency energy generation system. Liquid air is a highly economic method of storing energy but also lends itself to our PULSAR technology and other non-disclosed technologies. These combine into creating a super-efficient generator that takes advantage of low grade heat recovery of renewable energies and high Carnot efficiencies. The heart of the generator is the Stirling engine, which is enabled by FUSIONS own innovations to operate at these efficiencies both generating energy and storing it when renewable regulation is not possible in low peak demand.
This exciting new product is being developed in conjunction with the University of Birmingham and its new £6m cryogenics facility
Hydrogen production from bio waste is new and emerging science in the world of renewable energy. The waste is plentiful and low cost to utilise. Fusion is developing new and unique methods and processes. We can produce both low grade heat utilising its PULSAR technology whilst also converting the waste to Hydrogen, Oxygen and also organic fertiliser.
This multi process system offers a low cost product to farmers and producers of a variety of bio waste products. A scalable solution with high benefits which can also be combined with our HETREgen product for an even higher return on investment
Building on our sustainable environmental model GLOCARBON is a new and innovative method of Soil Sequestration or (Carbon storage). This product is sold per hectare and combined with new processes produces up to 5 years’ worth of Carbon storage capability. The technology also works as an organic phosphate producer saving farmers both in fertiliser costs but also in Carbon trading. New satellite imaging techniques for Carbon trading mean a 10% increase in Carbon storage is both possible but also profitable through trading.
The product has the ability to produce a revenue of £28,000 per annum for the average farm but also an ability to make pasture farming more profitable for the milk producing community
The PeriGen is targeting a vital advancement in the Tire Maintenance Pressure System. The project is aiming to develop self-inflated tire pressure maintenance system using self-pumping mechanism.
Most vehicle drivers do not sufficiently maintain the tyre pressure of the vehicle; however the vehicle tyre loose approximately 1 to 2 psi of air pressure a month. If tyres are under-inflated, it results in a greater contact surface area with the road which causes higher friction. The high friction due to an under-inflated tyre pressure can seriously shorten the tyre life and fuel economy. Based on the tyre manufacturing data, a 20% loss of the tyre’s pressure causes a 30% reduction of the tyre’s life span and a 3% increase in fuel consumption. Due to the tyre pressure mismanagement, the driver experiences many challenges during driving includes an increase in braking distance and loss of steering accuracy. For example, the data found from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in the USA show that about 33,000 injuries and 660 fatalities occur every year as a result of inappropriate tyre pressure related clashes. The core causes for incorrectly inflated tyres include: lack of knowledge from the driver on appropriate tyre pressures for certain conditions and lack of pressure measuring devices that alert the driver of any faulty pressure.
According to tyre manufacturing association it was concluded that about 19 percent of drivers check their tire pressure properly at a regular basis. Thus all the facts mentioned above are the driving forces for having a system that can maintain the tyre pressure properly and appropriately at optimal performance in a variety of driving scenarios.
The project covers, but not limited to, the following important points.
• To take up market position against the competing Tire Maintenance Pressure System; the proposed systems is offering competitive advantages of self-inflation pressure maintenance and automated control of the system.
• PeriGen is to target passenger vehicles as most of the existing self-inflation Tire Maintenance Pressure System are operating in commercial and agricultural vehicles.
• PeriGen is to become an integral part of the normal exiting tyres and ECORR project that has major competitive advantages in performance, CO2, safety and tyre life that may even lead to its own legislative market position.