Recently, Aeristech celebrated selection by the Niche Vehicle Collaborative Research & Development funding competition, for a Range Extender (REx) engine project with MAHLE Powertrain.
The successful project was awarded £74,954 to cover a four month period and was presented in person at an early September ceremony.
The funding allows Aeristech to showcase its ultra-compact FullElectric Electric Turbocharger Technology (FETT) in application. The project, entitled “E-Supercharger for Super-compact Range Extender”, brings together Aeristech’s innovative electric supercharger, the most power-dense, efficient and cost effective solution for variable high speed applications such as automotive supercharging/turbocharging, with MAHLE Powertrain’s super-compact Range Extender engine. The partners will make use of Aeristech’s supercharger to boost MAHLE’s range extender engine output from 30kW to 50kW. This will expand the market reach for the range extender into larger vehicles. The Niche Vehicle R&D Program, sponsored by the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) and the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV), aids the development and application of innovative technological solutions by facilitating specific collaborations between automotive technology companies, vehicle manufacturers and system suppliers.
Winning projects were announced during the Low Carbon Vehicle 2013 exhibition, held at the Millbrook Proving Ground, where Aeristech was honoured to be one of only two projects selected for the cheque handover ceremony. Presenting the cheque were agents of the British Government and the Technology Strategy Board. Commercial Director Julien Servant represented Aeristech, pictured here with (from left to right) Transport Minister Norman Baker and Technology Strategy Board Chairman Phil Smith. He anticipates an exciting project outcome for all involved.