Libertine has been selected to receive funding and support made available through the Advanced Propulsion Centre’s Technology Developer Accelerator Programme (TDAP).
This 18-month programme takes Technology Developers through a four-stage process preparing them to engage with automotive OEMs and Tier 1s on near-to-market technology demonstration programmes, including those funded by the Advanced Propulsion Centre and Innovate UK, and to attract further equity investment opportunities. Selected companies are provided with technical and industry specialist support to guide them through the process. Upon completion it is expected that the product or service reaches Manufacturing Readiness Level 5 and a Technology Readiness Level 6 (More information on Technology Readiness Levels can be accessed from the Automotive Council website and also using the following link: Automotive Technology and Manufacturing Readiness Levels)
The TDAP’s delivery partners include E4Tech, Beta Technology and Productiv Ltd.
Significant investment in the free piston engine (FPE) category over the past decade has been by automotive OEMs such as Toyota, Volvo and General Motors. With the support of the TDAP Libertine aims to develop the maturity and raise the profile of its ‘Linear Power Systems’ technology platform for FPE developers, helping to establish the UK’s position as a technology leader in this emerging field of automotive technology development.
About the APC
The Advanced Propulsion Centre was formed in 2013 from a commitment between the government and automotive industry through the Automotive Council to position the UK as a global centre of excellence for low carbon powertrain development and production. It is a central pillar of the Industrial Strategy created by the Automotive Council.
The Technology Developer Accelerator Programme (TDAP) pilot was created by the APC to support companies with low carbon propulsion technology that can be applied to the automotive sector. TDAP is part of the SME & Supply Chain programme, aimed at supporting Small and Medium sized Technology Developers. The objective is to provide Technology Developers with expert support to identify routes to market, accelerating technology development cycles and prepare them to be commercially viable in a shortened time scale. For more information, see http://www.apcuk.co.uk/tdap-projects/