Over the past 12 months, the growth of electric vehicles (EVs) has been unstoppable, with a global drive towards clean energy throughout the transport industry. Despite the success in EVs, there are a few barriers in the adoption of electric vehicles such as availability, logistics, range anxiety and other battery complications such as thermal management and potential fire risks. Zircotec has been working closely with both EV manufacturers and battery developers to help tackle some of the potential problems that arise from thermal management of EV batteries through to dielectric solutions for improved performance, helping to accelerate the transition to a net-zero future.
The UK government has invested a further £25 million funding to develop hydrogen technology as a fuel, with the goal of removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere simultaneously. The key role within the automotive industry is to provide hydrogen as a clean fuel, to only emit water vapour when combusted.
There’s been a few significant investments across the globe in both alternative fuels, including gigafactories to produce components for vehicles, for both hydrogen and electrical fuel cells. This year, the UK’s largest battery manufacturing facility of £3.8billion is also set to be developed by Britishvolt, a gigafactory start-up, transforming the supply chain in the country.
In 2022, the engineering department at Zircotec was part of a high number of development projects, including the Dolphin N2 £1.6million project, ThermoPower, which increases engine efficiency significantly by taking waste heat from the exhaust and puts back into the engine, which is under development for hydrogen as a combustion fuel too. Another exciting project that we have been involved in is the development of low carbon tractor by CNHi by utilising bio-methane fuel, the world’s first methane-powered tractor, set to be the future of agriculture in reducing CO2emissions. We’re also involved in the £14.6 million APC-18, the UK project of hydorgen-fuelled internal combustion engines (H2-ICE). This will be a game-changing project for UK’s reliance in hydrogen economy and ICE supply chain. Apart from projects within the UK, we are also collaborating with companies across the globe, working on multiple EV projects for flameproofing, light weighting and dielectric applications. We have been thrilled to be involved in these extraordinary innovations, playing a crucial part in managing any heat issues in these projects, working together and continuously towards net-zero emissions.
At Zircotec, we’re very excited for what lies ahead for us for 2023. Our vision lies upon alternative fuels, with a particular focus in EV technology for passenger cars with lightweighting, aiding the adoption of carbon composites for battery boxes. Alongside EV technology, we will continue to develop and support other alternative fuel technologies such as hydrogen for heavy duty sector and biomethane in agri-tech in supporting stepping into the net-zero carbon era.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for the support this past year and we look forward to stepping into 2023 in achieving our climate goals together!