Future Powertrain Conference

National Motorcycle Museum, Solihull


Battery Engineering Workshop Tuesday 24th February - details below

About FPC2015

The Future Powertrain Conference (FPC2015) is a two day UK event created to bring together industry and academic experts within the powertrain development field. It will open up presentations and discussions on the solutions to the challenges faced by the engineering industry in the UK and internationally over the next ten years.

With multiple pressures pushing the industry to meet ever tighter emission regulations, the need to develop and implement new technology is increasing all the time and the inherent risks can only be mitigated by a better understanding of the technology.

To help strengthen the UK engineering community and to meet this challenge FPC2015 is being launched to bring together and help bridge the gap between scientists and engineers from the UK’s leading academic institutions and the best of the UK’s industry.

Professor Nigel Brandon

Director Energy Storage Research Network
Imperial College London

Professor Matthias Wellers

Managing Director
AVL Powertrain UK

"The inaugural FPC, was a resounding success, a first rate conference for engineers with the full support from vehicle manufacturers and academia, providing an excellent networking opportunity, in a flexible and friendly environment – superbly organised by AVL and Imperial"

Continental Engineering Services – Premium Supporter

Who Should Attend?

This event is aimed at Engineers, Managers, Team Leaders, Academia and Students

Steering committee

  • Chair: Dr Gregory Offer, Imperial College London
  • Prof. Matthias Wellers, AVL Powertrain (UK)
  • Prof. Dave Greenwood, WMG/JLR
  • Matt Loader, Nissan
  • Jon Horsley, TSB
  • Prof. Steve Richardson, JLR
  • Tim Winstanley, Ford

Session Themes

  • Emissions Control
  • Future Combustion Engines
  • Heavy Duty
  • Hybrid Systems
  • Emerging Markets
  • Electric Machines & Power Electronics
  • Powertrain Electrification (incl. 48V)
  • Energy Storage
  • Powertrain Control
  • Game Changers


To ensure that this event will be accessible to all, the cost to attend will be £100.00 for Delegates and £40.00 for Students/Apprentices. There is no reduced rate for attendance on one day only.

The informal Evening Networking Event will be £20.00 per Delegate including Students/Apprentices.

Please select from the options below

Industry/Academia with evening event

Industry/Academia without evening event

Student with evening event

Student without evening event

You will be directed to the Imperial College London website for payment.


  1. Registration Open

  2. Welcome - AVL/Imperial

  3. Keynote

    The British Ambassador to the Republic of Austria, Susan le Jeune d’ Allegeershecque
  4. Keynote

    Mark Mathieson- McLaren
  5. Refreshment Break & Networking

    1. Hall 1 – Compton Suite
      Energy Storage

      Chairman: Dr Gregory Offer, Imperial College London
      Speaker: Keith Pullen, City University - Presentation
      Title: Energy storage flywheels for vehicle application
      Speaker: Jon Hilton, Torotrak Group - Presentation
      Title: Flywheel energy storage as a key part of future power trains’
    2. Hall 2 - Manxman Suite
      Future Combustion Engines

      Chairman: Steve Richardson, Jaguar Land Rover
      Speaker: Dr Prakash Gnanam, AVL Powertrain UK - Presentation
      Title: MOBEO: Model Based Engine Development and Calibration
      Speaker: Dr Martin Davy, Oxford University - Presentation
      Title: Whither Diesel? An Overview of Combustion Concepts and Research Directions for Compression Ignition Engines

      Speaker: Paul Freeland, MAHLE Powertrain Ltd - Presentation
      Title: Future Opportunities for Gasoline Engine Development
  6. Lunch & Networking

  7. Keynote

    Dr Lou Balmer-Millar- Caterpillar INC
    1. Hall 1 – Compton Suite

      Chairman: Prof Nigel Brandon, Imperial College London
      Speaker: Dr Chris Lyness, Jaguar Land Rover - Presentation
      Title: Hybrid Electric Vehicle Batteries: Getting the most out of cell chemistry through engineering
      Speaker: Chad Hall, Ioxus
      Title: Ultracapacitors Value Proposition for Automotive Applications
      Speaker: Prof David Howey, University of Oxford - Presentation
      Title: Integrating batteries into automotive applications: what's coming next?
    2. Hall 2 - Manxman Suite
      Emissions Control

      Chairman: Tim Winstanley, Ford
      Speaker: Prof Chris Brace, Bath University - Presentation
      Title: Engine modelling and optimisation for RDE
      Speaker: Dr Mark Peckham, Cambustion Ltd - Presentation
      Title: Exhaust gas fuel reforming
      Speaker: Jon Caine, Ford - Presentation
      Title: Emissions Overview, stage 6 addressing the real world problem
  8. Refreshment Break & Networking

    1. Hall 1 – Compton Suite
      Game Changers

      Chairman: George Gillespie OBE, MIRA
      Speaker: David Hudson, TATA - Presentation
      Title: APU Choices for Range Extended EVs: “Off the Peg” or “Made to Measure”?
      Speaker: Nick Owen, Dearman - Presentation
      Title: The Dearman Engine in a future powertrain
      Speaker: Dr Zia Wadud, University of Leeds - Presentation
      Title: Help or hindrance? Energy and travel implications of automated autonomous vehicles
      Speaker: Dr Billy Wu, Imperial College - Presentation
      Title: It's not easy being green. Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles: dream or reality

    2. Hall 2 - Manxman Suite
      Heavy Duty

      Chairman: Jon Horsley, Innovate UK - Presentation
      Speaker: Steve Whelan, Clean Air Power - Presentation
      Title: MicroPilot – The New Generation of Compression-Ignited Natural Gas Engines
      Speaker: Rob Passmore, Cummins
      Title: Diesel In The Real World - In Use Emissions Today and Tomorrow
      Speaker: Jules Carter, GKN Land Systems/GKN Hybrid Power - Presentation
      Title: The use of the Gyrodrive hybrid system in bus, truck and off highway vehicles
  9. Networking Event

    17:15 - 18:15 "The Value of Collaboration" supported by the Advanced Propulsion Centre and hosted by Tony Pixton, Chief Executive

    Evening Reception

    18:30 - 22:00 Buffet, drinks and entertainment supported by Tata Motor European Technical Centre PLC
  10. Keynote

    Malcolm Sandford, JCB
Day 2

  1. Registration Open/ Refreshments

  2. Welcome - Dr. Günter Fraidl, AVL

    1. Hall 1 – Compton Suite
      Electric M/Cs

      Chairman: Prof Phil Mawby, Warwick University
      Speaker: James Goss, Motor Design Ltd
      Title: Analysis of Electric Machines for Traction Applications Considering Complex Duty Cycles
      Speaker: Dr James Widmer, University of Newcastle
      Title: Electrical Machine Design for Reduced Drivetrain Cost
      Speaker: Professor Phil Mellor, University of Bristol
      Title: Losses in electric propulsion motors and how to reduce them
    2. Hall 2 - Manxman Suite
      Emerging Markets

      Chairman: Dr Bo Gao, AVL Powertrain UK
      Speaker: Prof Mingfa Yao, Tianjin University - Presentation
      Title: Combustion mode design with high efficiency and low emissions controlled by mixture stratification and fuel reactivity
      Speaker: Dr Umut Genc/Alan Forrest, AVL Powertrain (Turkey) - Presentation
      Title: Eastern door of Europe: Turkish automotive market and trends.
      Speaker:Dr Jun Qiao, Changan
      Title: The winning strategy in the Chinese market
  3. Refreshments & Networking

    1. Hall 1 – Compton Suite
      Powertrain Control

      Chairman: Steve Richardson, Jaguar Land Rover
      Speaker: Marco Fracchia, Vocis Driveline Controls - Presentation
      Title: Powertrain Control Software – A Modular (or à la carte) Approach
      Speaker: Dr Matt Hancock, Jaguar Land Rover
      Title: The 2014 Range Rover Hybrid Control System and The Silk Trail
      Speaker: Mike Dempsey, Claytex
      Title: Using physical models for powertrain and control system development
    2. Hall 2 - Manxman Suite
      Hybrid & EVS

      Chairman: Robert Evans, Cenex
      Speaker: Jason King, Integral Powertrain Ltd - Presentation
      Title: SuperGen – Novel Low Cost Electro-Mechanical Mild Hybrid and Boosting System
      Speaker: Melanie Michon , Romax
      Title: Design and optimisation of a highly integrated EV driveline - ODIN: an EU-FP7 collaborative project
      Speaker: Mark Preston, Amlin Aguri
      Title: Racing to the future of EV?
    1. Closing Keynote- Jo Lopes, Jaguar Land Rover - Presentation

  4. Lunch & Networking

  5. Conference Close

Day 1

National Motorcycle Museum

National Motorcycle Museum

National Motorcycle Museum, Coventry Road, Bickenhill, Solihull, West Midlands, B92 0EJ

Tel: 0121 704 2784


The Future Powertrain Conference (FPC2014) will be held on Wednesday 19th and Thursday 20th February 2014 in the Britannia Suite at the National Motorcycle Museum based at Solihull, West Midlands. The venue is at the hub of the country’s motorway system, with Birmingham International Airport and Birmingham International Railway Station just a short taxi ride away.

Delegates will also be offered the opportunity to view the vast array of British motorcycles on display at the Museum during the Evening Networking Event on Wednesday 19th February 2014.

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Best Western Manor Hotel

Best Western - Manor Hotel

Main Road, Meriden, Solihull, West Midlands, CV7 7NH

Tel: 01676 522 735

Please quote “FPC2014” in order to obtain the reduced rate.


  • 112 bedrooms
  • 4 star hotel
  • Restaurant
  • Free Wifi
  • Complimentary parking
  • Reduced rate of £99 (includes VAT) B&B, based on single occupancy
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Best Western Windmill Village Hotel & Spa

Best Western - Windmill Village Hotel

Birmingham Road (A45 westbound), Allesley, Coventry. CV5 9AL

Tel: 02476 404 040

Please quote “FPC2014” in order to obtain the reduced rate.


  • 105 refurbished bedrooms
  • Gym, Indoor pool, Spa
  • Restaurant
  • Free Wifi
  • Free Broadband Internet in all rooms
  • Complimentary parking
  • Reduced rate of £99 (includes VAT) B&B, based on single occupancy
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Call for poster submissions

Present your work to the key decision makers and developers of technology in the automotive industry, with the opportunity to win great prizes (TBA).

PhD students will be given an opportunity to speak about their work for three minutes if they submit their abstracts before the 19th December 2014.

Submit 100-word abstract to:

  • Deadline 19th December 2014
  • Some posters may be invited to give a longer oral presentation Posters should be A1 portrait and self-printed

Continental Engineering Services UK, is a specialist automotive engineering consultancy, delivering product and project innovation to vehicle manufacturers and tier one suppliers in the global automotive industry. CES UK also manufacture electric drive systems from 25kW -170kW, delivering either off the shelf standalone electric machines or inverters for use in hybrid or electric vehicles, or developing, custom, value driven, turnkey solutions, to meet any full electric or hybrid application.

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Vocis is a British high-technology company that works with, and provides competitive advantage for, OEM’s and their suppliers around the globe. Vocis specialise in the development of transmission control systems for series production and low volume design, assembly and testing of novel powertrain concepts, particularly for hybrid and electric vehicles.

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Tata Motors European Technical Centre (TMETC)

Tata Motors European Technical Centre (TMETC) provides R&D services principally for its parent company, Tata Motors, but also for selected partners in the automotive industry.

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Dr. Gregory Offer from Imperial College London will lead an interactive one-day workshop on Battery Engineering in the Premier Suite of the National Motorcycle Museum on Tuesday the 24th February. Learn about Li-ion batteries, Battery pack design, Thermal management, Degradation and Safety, among other topics, from leading experts in electrochemical science and engineering. For full details, see the flyer. The course costs £199 for students and £399 for non-students. This price includes all course materials, refreshments and meals.

Denchi Power

This workshop is sponsored by Denchi Power Ltd, a leading supplier in batteries and chargers for the global defense industry.

For more information about the FPC Workshop please download the flyer below. Places are limited, so please indicate your interest to j.edge@imperial.ac.uk or register using the options below as soon as possible.

Workshop PDF download

Non-Student (£399)

Student (£199)

You will be directed to the Imperial College London website for payment.