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.
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 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.
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?
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 Ltd – the Sheffield-based company which is developing ‘smart engines’ for electric vehicles – has raised a further £770,000 investment.
The latest funding round was led by NPIF – Mercia Equity Finance, which is managed by Mercia Fund Managers and is part of the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund, and included investment from Envestors and ShadowFoundr as well as several existing shareholders including Sir Robin Saxby.
The investment follows the £500,000 raised from NPIF – Mercia Equity Finance in July 2017 which marked the first Northern Powerhouse Invesment Fund equity investment in Sheffield City Region.
The new capital will enable the company to build and demonstrate a number of prototype ‘intelliGEN’ smart engine modules incorporating its e-machine and control technology, engage with automotive manufacturers, and further develop the business in preparation for a Series A investment round in 2020. This second funding round will remain open to new investors until the end of June and brings the total raised by the company to over £4.8m.
Founded in 2009 by Sam Cockerill, an engineer with a background in the biofuels industry, Libertine makes smart engines for electric vehicles and distributed power generation. A smart engine has the crankshaft replaced by software-controlled electrical machines that govern piston motion to optimise the combustion process. Smart engines could produce at least 30% more power from the same fuel input whilst being cleaner, quieter and more compact than today’s power generators. Libertine currently employs seven staff and expects to create a further five jobs in the year ahead.
Sam Cockerill, CEO of Libertine, said: “This new investment comes at a very exciting time for Libertine. Successfully completing this first close represents an important milestone for us as we work to bring our smart engine technology to market.”
Ashwin Kumaraswamy, Investment Director at Mercia, said:
“Libertine is enabling a revolution in 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, with the market estimated to be worth over US$100 billion by 2025. This second round of funding will take the company one step closer towards its goal.”
Grant Peggie, Director at British Business Bank, said: “We are pleased that NPIF continues to support high-growth and innovative businesses in the North, providing vital funding to recruit new staff and for expansion into new markets. This investment demonstrates how this funding can make a real and measurable difference to businesses across the Northern Powerhouse region, which helps create a more prosperous regional economy.”
The Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund project is supported financially by the European Union using funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020 and the European Investment Bank.
Libertine FPE (“Libertine”), the creator of Smart Engine technology for electric vehicles (EVs), has joined forces with Productiv, a provider of venture engineering services for cleantech businesses, to accelerate and de-risk commercialisation of a range of modular Smart Engines using Libertine’s intelliGEN platform. Read more
Libertine FPE has built a demonstration prototype of what it is calling “Digital Piston Motion Control” for free piston engine applications. It dispenses with the crankshaft and other mechanical powertrain components in small power generation systems.