Libertine demonstrates intelliGEN opposed piston 2-stroke developer platform

Libertine has completed a lab demonstration platform that it hopes will accelerate the development of a new generation of clean, high efficiency opposed piston 2-stroke (OP2S) engines for distributed power and transport applications.

Initial testing of the demonstration engine started in December 2019, aiming to validate the mechanical build, align simulation models with test performance, and demonstrate opposed piston synchronisation and motion control. So far the intelliGEN platform has exceeded performance expectations and demonstrates exceptionally low vibration which will be a key feature for automotive applications.

The platform has now completed a series of short commissioning runs operating at 20Hz and is expected to be capable of operation at frequencies up to 50Hz with compression ratios in the range of 10:1 to 50:1. Such flexibility makes this an ideal platform for both conventional and advanced combustion methods, as well as for low carbon fuels such as biogas, bioethanol and methanol.

Each run generates a detailed quantitative output data set describing the system condition and trends, and which Libertine expects will form the basis of transient control, advanced diagnostics and predictive maintenance functions implemented by its OEM clients.

Libertine’s intelliGEN platform will allow engine developers to ditch the crankshaft, instead using its linear electrical machines and advanced control software to deliver real-time compression ratio control. This feature, not practical with conventional engines, is believed by Libertine to be a key tool for developers of advanced ‘Low Temperature’ combustion systems – as well as to reducing harmful tailpipe emissions formed when an engine starts from cold.

The potential of opposed piston 2-stroke engines has recently caught the attention of Formula 1’s chief technical officer Pat Symonds, who says that the best way forward for the sport’s future engine development might lie in opposed piston two-stroke engines.

“The opposed piston engine is very much coming back, and already in road car form at around 50 per cent efficiency,” he is quoted as saying by Motorsport Magazine. “We need to look at what our future power units will look like. At F1 this is what we are engaged in at the moment. I’m very keen on it being a two-stroke.”

Sam Cockerill, Libertine’s founder and CEO, is presenting at the Smart Mobility Start-up Forum in Automotive World at Tokyo Big Sight on the 17th January.

Notes: You can see an example run here and an animated concept for the engine platform here.

Motorsports Magazine article link.

Libertine and Brunel reach milestone in Free Piston ORC demonstration project

Libertine has reached the next stage in a project to demonstrate a micro-scale Free-Piston Gas Expander (FPGE) for Organic Rankine Cycle waste heat recovery applications.

Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) systems have been used in larger scale waste heat recovery applications converting low grade heat to electricity via an organic solvent and a high speed turbine expander. At smaller scales the FPGE has several important economic and operational advantages over turbine-based ORC expanders due to its lower cost, higher expansion ratio capabilities and tolerance of two-phase fluids.

Brunel are experts in ORC development and are confident the FPGE will work well in micro-scale ORC applications. The FPGE has been installed in Brunel University’s ORC rig which is now being commissioned. The demonstration is of a standalone waste heat to power system and the test data will be used to develop the full specification for a productionised version. Project completion is expected in Q1 2020, resulting in test data and simulation model validation applicable to commercial ORC applications.

Sam Cockerill, Libertine’s founder and CEO, said: “The project’s aim is to complete a lab-based demonstration and model validation of a free piston gas expander within a low temperature Organic Rankine Cycle heat-to-power system. Later versions could replace the cooling loop in Libertine’s Smart Engine platform, raising the potential electrical power generation efficiency of 40-60kWe systems to around 50%.”

This product is a deliverable of the Innovate UK Energy Catalyst Round 4 (EC4) project “ORC integrated free piston expander” (Innovate UK ref. 103497).

Libertine FPE and IPT PowerTech bringing smart engine generator to MEA and South East Asia

 

Libertine FPE (“Libertine”), the creator of Smart Engine technology for distributed power generation and electric vehicles, has signed a Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) with IPT PowerTech Group (“IPT PowerTech”), who deliver complete power solutions for the industrial and telecom sectors.

IPT PowerTech and Libertine plan to cooperate to demonstrate Smart Engine power generation in a mobile telecoms base station application. Following successful completion of this project IPT PowerTech will market and distribute generator products incorporating Libertine’s technology in the Middle East, Africa and South East Asia regions.

Commenting on the MOU, Sam Cockerill, Libertine FPE’s CEO, said: “Power generator products using Libertine’s intelliGEN Smart Engine architecture should deliver significantly better efficiency to IPT PowerTech’s customers, and as a result reduce the overall cost of energy generation at their sites.”

Rami El-Richani, Solution Development Manager, IPT PowerTech Group said: “Libertine has a compelling technology platform and we are delighted to be playing a part in bringing it to a market where today’s power generation solutions are expensive to run and maintain.”

About IPT PowerTech Group

 

IPT PowerTech delivers specialized power solutions to the industrial and telecom sectors in the Middle East, Africa and neighboring countries. Since its inception in Lebanon in 1993, it has grown into a leading group, combining power expertise with telecom infrastructure specialization. Today, it is a market leader in providing power solutions and specialty batteries, telecom infrastructure and managed services, along with T-ESCO and Guaranteed Savings Models. Headquartered in Beirut, Lebanon, IPT PowerTech has expanded its presence to the entire region and is now present in 11 countries, with a regional coverage of more than 50 countries

www.iptpowertech.com

About Libertine FPE

Libertine makes Smart Engines for distributed power generation and electric vehicles. Smart Engines are expected to produce at least 30% more power from the same fuel input, whilst being cleaner, quieter and easier to use and maintain than today’s power generators. Libertine is enabling this revolution in internal combustion engine performance with its proprietary electronic piston motion control and high-performance linear machines. Smart Engines using this technology will play a major role in global power generation and transport applications for decades to come.

www.intelli-GEN.com
www.libertine.co.uk

Douglas Montgomery appointed as non-executive director

Libertine FPE (“Libertine”), the creator of Smart Engine technology for electric vehicles (EV), has appointed Douglas Montgomery as a non-executive director to represent the company’s minor shareholders.

This follows a recent successful funding round.

Douglas Montgomery – Advisor and Investor

Douglas is an Investor Director of Westwood Global Energy Group and Speech Graphics.  Both are private companies and are developing new products/platforms which require commercialisation for growth.

Douglas says: “I’ve been an investor in Libertine FPE over multiple rounds since 2014, and I’m excited by the potential of the management team and the market opportunity for Smart Engines utilizing Libertine’s Linear Power Systems in a more environmentally conscious society.”

Before 2016 Douglas was an Executive Director at energy research and consultancy firm Wood Mackenzie. Douglas was global head of Sales and Marketing, also leading strategy and new product developments, and grew sales from under £10 million to over £240 million p.a.  After taking the company private through a management buy-out from Deutsche Bank in 2001 for £25M the company was ultimately sold to Verisk Analytics in 2015 for £1.85Bn.

Libertine Secures Horizon 2020 grant for IntelliGEN

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 855055

Libertine FPE has secured a grant from Horizon 2020, the European funding programme for research and innovation.

Horizon 2020 aims to produce world-class science and innovation in Europe. The SME instrument is designed to support EU-based small and medium-sized Enterprises with breakthrough innovations through staged funding and business acceleration services.

The Phase 1 grant will be used to support development of Libertine’s IntelliGEN 20kWe Smart Engine platform for OEMs seeking to create power generators for electric vehicles and distributed power generation applications.

In future, most vehicles will require an on-board electrical power generator. By 2030 it is estimated by Toyota that such ‘hybrid’ electric vehicle sales will outnumber conventional vehicles and battery electric vehicle sales by three to one. These future hybrid electric vehicles will require a revolution in internal combustion engine design and performance to meet stringent regulatory and user requirements for efficiency, emissions, noise and vibration, packaging and fuel flexibility.

Libertine is enabling this next revolution in internal combustion engine performance, using electronic piston motion control and high performance linear machines to ensure optimal combustion conditions during each and every cycle. The ‘Smart Engines’ created by this revolution will play a major role in global transport and power generation for decades to come.

Libertine is currently in discussions under NDA with two leading OEMs in Europe, in addition to prospective partners bringing expertise in renewable fuels and advanced combustion development. Through its proprietary real time compression ratio and adaptive piston motion control technology, IntelliGEN will support all bioethanol fuel mixes from E10 currently in widespread use in Europe to higher E20 and E85 mixes, offering greatly enhanced combustion efficiency and emissions performance.

During 2019 Libertine will be seeking Phase 2 support to launch and evaluate pilot intelliGEN systems in the UK, France and Germany during 2019-20 with support from European partners.

About H2020

Horizon 2020 is the financial instrument implementing the Innovation Union, a Europe 2020 flagship initiative aimed at securing Europe’s global competitiveness.

Seen as a means to drive economic growth and create jobs, Horizon 2020 has the political backing of Europe’s leaders and the Members of the European Parliament. They agreed that research is an investment in our future and so put it at the heart of the EU’s blueprint for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth and jobs.

By coupling research and innovation, Horizon 2020 is helping to achieve this with its emphasis on excellent science, industrial leadership and tackling societal challenges. The goal is to ensure Europe produces world-class science, removes barriers to innovation and makes it easier for the public and private sectors to work together in delivering innovation. What is Horizon 2020?

About Libertine

Libertine makes Smart Engines for Electric Vehicles and distributed power generation. In future, most vehicles will require an on-board electrical power generator. Smart Engines running on a variety of cleaner and sustainable fuels are considered to be an essential part of this future – not only on board electric vehicles, but also in a wide variety of distributed power applications. Smart Engines are expected to produce at least 30% more power from the same fuel input, whilst being cleaner, quieter and easier to use and maintain than today’s power generators. Libertine is enabling this revolution in internal combustion engine performance with its proprietary electronic piston motion control and high-performance linear machines. Smart Engines using this technology will play a major role in global transport and power generation for decades to come. The addressable market for Libertine’s technology is estimated to be in excess of US$100 billion by 2025.

Libertine FPE signs Memorandum of Understanding with Enovate

Joins Advanced Propulsion Centre UK on Chinese Technology Mission

7 January 2019:

Libertine FPE Limited (‘Libertine’), the Smart Engine IP licensing company, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Chinese automotive company Enovatemotors, with the intent to work together on future ‘Smart Range Extenders’ based on an innovative ‘Free Piston Engine’ (FPE) design.

Enovatemotors launched its luxury electric vehicle (EV) brand ENOVATE in China in November 2018. Enovate targets the medium to large luxury car segment with electric cars that will compete the world’s best on quality and technology (see: www.enovatemotors.com).

Says Shengfu Niu, Director & CTO, Enovatemotors: “We are delighted to have an agreement enabling us to work with Libertine as we develop future smart Range Extender solutions for use in our Enovate luxury electric cars. The future of Range Extenders will be smart, and Enovatemotors is at the forefront of developing new EV technologies with the assistance of innovative partners like Libertine.”

Says Sam Cockerill, CEO, Libertine FPE: “We are excited to be working with Enovatemotors, a company with a strong vision of how the future of luxury automobiles will work and the capability to implement new technologies to make that future happen. We’ve been approached by multiple Chinese OEMs across the automotive and distributed power industries who have each determined that they need to develop ‘Free Piston’ electrical power generator products and are evaluating Libertine’s Smart Engine platform tech.”

Libertine is enabling a revolution in the design of combustion engine-generators that will help Chinese OEMs build cleaner, more efficient hybrid vehicles powered by a combination of grid electricity and clean, alternative transport fuels. Smart Engines created by this revolution will play a major role in global transport and power generation for decades to come.

Chinese Technology Mission

Libertine is taking its technology for 20-40kWe free piston based ‘Smart Engines’ to Chinese automotive technology companies as part of the Advanced Propulsion Centre’s Chinese Technology Mission from 10th-15th January 2019.

The Chinese Technology Mission will help build new relationships and encourage trade between Chinese and UK automotive technology companies, through a series of showcases of R&D Capability and technologies.

The mission will be centred around the EV100 conference on the 12th-13th January 2019. The event features high-level representatives from Chinese government, OEMs and prestigious scientists who will provide an update on hybrid and electric vehicle technologies, strategies and policies at this forum.

Continues Cockerill: “This opportunity to deepen our relationships in the important Chinese market for new, clean energy vehicles comes at a great time for Libertine as we prepare to launch our intelli-GEN Smart Engine platform. This will enable Chinese OEMs to accelerate their introduction of next generation range extenders. We look forward to networking with key people in the sector, presenting our IP, and building on the partnerships we have already established in China.”

The APC China Mission has brought together the best of UK technology and engineering R&D companies through a competitive application process. Selected companies will be able to engage directly with Chinese OEMs located in engineering centres around Beijing and Shanghai.

Libertine’s intelli-GEN Smart Engine platform leverages Libertine’s proprietary electro-mechanical and motion control solutions, and will underpin the development of a wide range of free piston engine products for mass market production within China’s domestic markets and global market applications.

Understanding Libertine Smart Engine Technology

A Smart Engine based on Libertine technology has the crankshaft replaced by software-controlled electrical machines that both generate electrical power and govern piston motion to optimise the combustion process.

Also known as ‘Free Piston Engines’ or ‘Free Piston Linear Generators’, Smart Engine will be far more efficient, cleaner and more flexible. Just as nearly all modern engines are now ECU controlled, so most internal combustion engines will ultimately incorporate smart piston motion control. This approach can produce 30% more power from the same fuel input.

Libertine leads the revolution by solving the challenge of piston motion control. Libertine’s intelli-GEN Smart Engine technology platform can be applied in a wide range of engines from portable power units and series hybrid passenger cars up to much larger bus and truck engines.

 

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