Libertine's research and development facility opens

Libertine’s technology development centre opened

Sir Gary Verity, Yorkshire ambassador, has officially opened Libertine’s new technology development centre in Sheffield.

Sir Gary, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, formally opened the new research and development facility, which will also act as Libertine’s headquarters, for furthering the global development of linear motor-generator technologies.

The 6,610 sq ft unit located at Sheffield’s Vantage Park industrial estate, will progress the research, development and prototyping of linear power generation systems and free piston engines to profit from clean sources of energy worldwide, such as agricultural waste material, biomass and biofuels. Read more

Libertine expands at Sheffield site

Libertine FPE Limited is taking the first unit at the second phase of Sheffield’s Vantage Park Industrial Estate to advance its linear motor-generator technologies.

The company has signed an agreement to lease 6,610 sq ft plus 930 sq ft of first floor offices at EV Waddington’s Vantage Park close to junction 34 of the M1 motorway, allowing the set up of new headquarters and using the space to develop its Linear Power Systems technology.

The move will pave the way for new product development and testing facilities following a £650k funding injection in 2017, led by the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF). Read more

Innovate UK funds heat to power project

A consortium, led by Libertine FPE Limited, has secured £868k of green-energy funding from Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency.

The project will demonstrate a modular Free-Piston Gas Expander (FPGE) prototype for small scale distributed heat-to-power applications using heat from solar, biomass boiler and other sources.

The FPGE makes use of Libertine’s proprietary ‘Linear Power Systems’ technology which includes linear electrical machines, valves and bearings together with power electronics and motion control. These systems provide class-leading motion control authority and power conversion efficiency for Free Piston power generator applications. Read more

Toby King

Libertine brings new chairman onboard

Libertine FPE Limited has announced the appointment of renowned engineer and technologist, Dr Toby King, as chairman.

The appointment affirms the company’s dedication to accelerating the widespread adoption of free piston engines in distributed power and transport markets as a cost effective and environmentally efficient solution to global energy demands.

Toby has spent his career building and leading high technology businesses, primarily in healthcare and energy sectors in the UK and in Silicon Valley in the US and most recently acted as CEO at Bowman Power, the world’s leading exhaust energy recovery company for large stationary engines. Read more