Future Powertrain Conference

National Motorcycle Museum, Solihull


About FPC2014

The Future Powertrain Conference (FPC2014) 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 FPC2014 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

Who Should Attend?

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

Confirmed Chairman

  • Kieran McAleer, AVL Powertrain UK
  • Robin Woodward, Caterpillar Industrial Power Systems
  • Richard Pearson, BP
  • Mike Richardson, Jaguar Land Rover
  • Ricardo Martinez-Botas, Imperial College London
  • Gregory Offer, Imperial College London
  • Michael Gallion, AVL Powertrain UK
  • David Howey, University of Oxford
  • Michael Thompson, Ford
  • Phil Mawby, Warwick University
  • Matt Loader, Nissan

Session Themes

  • Emissions Legislation
  • HD - Tier 4 & beyond
  • Fuels, Lubricants & Gas
  • Hybrid the Way Forward
  • Downsizing – DI & turbo
  • Batteries
  • Powertrain Transmission
  • Electrical Machines
  • Manufacturing
  • Power Electronics & Controls
  • Safety & Public Perception

Confirmed Keynote Speakers

Nigel Brandon – Imperial College

Matthias Wellers – AVL Powertrain

Bob Joyce – Jaguar Land Rover

Michael Hurwitz – Department For Transport

Jon Horsley– Technology Strategy Board

Jerry Hardcastle OBE– Nissan Motor Company

Tony Pixton– Advanced Propulsion Centre


  1. Registration Open

  2. Welcome - Matthias Wellers

  3. Morning Keynote

    Bob Joyce - Jaguar Land Rover - Future Powertrains for luxurious and sporting vehicles in a sustainable world
    1. Hall 1
      Emissions Legislation - Future Challenges and Trends

      Chairman: Kieran McAleer, AVL Powertrain UK
      Speaker: Martin Joyce, Changan, AVL Powertrain UK
      Title: The challenges facing OEM in the Chinese Market
      Speaker: Grant Cairnie, AVL Powertrain UK
      Title: Impact of Legislation and Customer Demands on Future Gasoline Powertrains
    2. Hall 2
      HD – Tier 4 & Beyond

      Chairman: Robin Woodward, Caterpillar Industrial Power Systems
      Speaker: Dr Ben Reid, Loughborough University
      Title: Optical Diagnostics Tools for Heavy Duty Engine System Design
      Speaker: Mikael Larsson, Johnson Matthey
      Title: "After treatment solutions for Tier4 and beyond"
  4. Lunch & Networking

  5. Afternoon Keynote

    Jon Horsley, Technology Strategy Board - Supporting Powertrain Innovation in the UK
    1. Hall 1
      Fuels, Lubricants & Gas

      Chairman: Richard Pearson, BP
      Co-speaker: Ben Leach, BP
      Co-speaker: John Williams, BP
      Title: 'Fuel synergies and effects with downsized gasoline engines'
      Co-speaker: Oliver Taylor, Castrol
      Co-speaker: Chris Warrens, Castol
      Title: 'Fuel Economy Through Lubricants'
      Speaker: Steve Whelan, Clean Air Power
      Title: 'Heavy Duty Truck Dual-Fuel Powertrain'
    2. Hall 2
      Hybrid – The Way Forward

      Chairman: Dr Mike Richardson, Jaguar Land Rover
      Speaker: David Greenwood, Ricardo
      Title: Hybridation for Performance & Economy
      Speaker: Dave Tickle, Jagaur Land Rover
      Title: Range Rover Hybrid Vehicle Delivery Challenges
      Speaker: Prof Francis Assadian, Cranfield University
      Title: The impact of optimisation in addressing the challenges of future hybrid powertrains
  6. Refreshment Break & Networking

    1. Hall 1
      Downsizing – DI & Turbo

      Chairman: Dr Ricardo Martinez-Botas, Imperial College London
      Speaker: Prof Jamie Turner, Jaguar Land Rover
      Title: Ultraboost: Investigations into the Limits of Extreme Engine Downsizing
      Speaker: Colin Copeland, University of Bath
      Title: Challenges to the boosting system for extreme downsizing
      Speaker: Dr Srithar Rajoo, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
      Title: Pulsating flow impact on turbocharger turbines
      Speaker: Rik Alewijnse, AVL
      Title: Cooling of Turbo-GDi engines
    2. Hall 2

      Chairman: Dr Gregory Offer, Imperial College London
      Speaker: Nigel Taylor, Jaguar Land Rover
      Title: The pursuit of Powertrain Operational Excellence
      Speaker: Dr Uwe Wiedemann, AVL Powertrain UK
      Title: Safe and reliable batteries for xEV's
      Speaker: Monica Marinescu, Imperial College London
      Title: Challenges in battery pack design, management & engineering

  7. Evening Network Event

    Evening Keynote: Jerry Hardcastle OBE - Nissan Motor Company - Has there ever been a better time to be a Powertrain Engineer
    19:00 Registration & drinks
    19:15 Welcome and thanks to contributors
    19:20 Keynote Speaker – Jerry Hardcastle, Nissan Motors
    19:45 Buffet & demonstration of Hydrogen Buggies by Arcola Energy
    20:30 Poster Competition Results – supported by HSSMI
    21:00 Networking and Museum tour
    22:00 Close
Day 2

  1. Registration Open

  2. Morning Keynote

    Michael Hurwitz, Department for Transport - What's driving policy: emissions, technology and the future of mobility
    1. Hall 1
      Powertrain Transmission

      Chairman: Michael Gallion, AVL Powertrain UK
      Speaker: Alex Tylee-Birdsall. Drive System Design
      Title: High efficiency electric vehicle powertrain
      Speaker: Clive Crewe, AVL Powertrain UK
      Title: Future Transmission outlook and the implications for calibration
      Speaker: Dr Paul Hellier, UCL Mechanical Engineering
      Title: Investigating the effects of molecular structure on the combustion and emissions of fuels from alcohols
    2. Hall 2
      Electric Machines

      Chairman: Dr David Howey, Oxford University
      Speaker: Rafal Wrobel, Bristol University
      Title: Losses in electric propulsion motors and how to reduce them
      Speaker: Chris Gerada, Nottingham University
      Title: High Performance Electrical Machines for Electrical Propulsion
      Speaker: James Goss, Motor Design Ltd
      Title: Analysis of Electric Machines for Automotive Applications Considering Complex Driving Cycles
  3. Lunch & Networking

  4. Afternoon Keynote

    Tony Pixton, Advanced Propulsion Centre
    1. Hall 1

      Chairman: Michael Thompson, Ford
      Speaker: Nigel Blenkinsop, Jaguar Land Rover
      Title: The Pursuit of Powertrain Operational Excellence
      Speaker: Leslie Lee, HSSMI
      Title: Virtual Engineering Requirements - A Manufacturing SME Perspective
      Speaker: Prof Robert Harrison is University of Warwick
      Title: Creating Future Powertrain Manufacturing Capability: An Automation Perspective
    2. Hall 2
      Power Electronics & Control

      Chairman: Prof Phil Mawby, Warwick University
      Speaker: Prof Volker Pickert, Newcastle University
      Title: In-situ health monitoring for power electronics modules
      Speaker: Prof Andrew Forsyth, Manchester University
      Title: Challenges for On-Board DC-DC conversion
      Speaker: Steve Neill, Infineon Technologies
      Title:Product to system (P2S) - and what it means to us
  5. Refreshment Break & Networking

    1. Hall 1
      Safety & Public Perception

      Chairman: Matt Loader, Nissan Europe
      Speaker: Prof Ingmar Posner, University of Oxford
      Title: Driving Autonomy - Why Autonomous Cars Need Introspection
      Speaker: Prof Vladimir Molkov, University of Ulster
      Title: Hydrogen safety engineering : what do we know & what are key issues to be resolved
      Speaker: Dr Valentina Gentili, JM Battery Systems to Future Power Sources
      Title: Judgement rather than perception: xEV Battery Safety

  6. Conference Close

    Closing Keynote
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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Poster sessions

For student poster submissions please contact Darren GreyImperial College
Call for poster submissions

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Zytek is a specialist automotive engineering consultancy, delivering product and project innovation to vehicle manufacturers and tier one suppliers in the global automotive industry. Zytek 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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The High Speed Sustainable Manufacturing Institute (HSSMI) is a research and technology development organisation providing advanced manufacturing research, new product / technology development, engineering and commercialisation advisory services. Part-funded by Olympic legacy money, the HSSMI takes the engineering ideas born in British universities and turns them into commercial, sustainable and ready-to-use manufacturing innovations.

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Schaeffler Logo

Schaeffler’s close partnership with the world’s leading automotive manufacturers has led to the development of many innovative engine, chassis & transmission components and systems. Our engineering expertise is now being successfully applied to deliver significant improvements in fuel economy and CO2 emissions, with our latest award-winning products being the key to commercially successful low carbon powertrain designs

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WMG Logo

The WMG centre HVM Catapult works collaboratively with business to transfer cutting-edge research into the marketplace, strengthening the UK’s manufacturing economy. Research themes are:

  1. Lightweight Technologies Design for manufacture of novel lightweight solutions including design methods, manufacture (forming, joining and assembly) and product performance. Our work covers structural and functional materials including metals, ceramics, polymers, composites and hybrids.
  2. Energy Storage & Management Battery characterisation including ageing and abuse testing to determine failure modes, electric and hybrid drives testing and the scale-up of novel battery chemistries for evaluation in traction applications.
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AR UK Limited Logo

AR UK Ltd specialise in the supply of test equipment and turnkey systems for a wide range of applications including EMC, RF & Microwave, Electrical Safety and Power Electronics.

Representing AeroVironment for Power Cycling Systems, Associated Research & Slaughter for Electrical Safety Equipment and Associated Power Technologies AC Power Sources.

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TSB Logo

The Technology Strategy Board is a key supporter of FPC2014. As the UK’s innovation agency, our role is to work with UK business to accelerate technology orientated innovation. In partnership with government departments and research councils, the Technology Strategy Board is working with the UK automotive business to drive innovation in areas with the greatest scope for boosting sustainable growth and productivity, vital to the UK’s future economy.

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NAA Logo

The Northwest Automotive Alliance (NAA) is an independent, not-for-profit company which provides a membership service combined with a project management delivery function to the automotive community, supporting micro-companies through to the locally-based global vehicle manufacturers. The NAA’s Business Excellence programme works with member companies to help them improve their performance. www.nwautoalliance.com

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The High Value Manufacturing Catapult is the catalyst for growth and success of high value manufacturing in the UK through a partnership of government and industry. Its long-term goal is to stimulate growth in the sector by helping businesses and research institutions accelerate new concepts to commercial reality.

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Claytex Logo

Claytex is an engineering consultancy and provider of simulation tools. We specialise in Systems Engineering using Modelica and related tools and processes. We are distributors of Dassault Systemes portfolio of Systems Engineering tools which includes Dymola, Reqtify and AUTOSAR Builder. Our customers include some of the world’s most respected Automotive and Motorsport companies and we have dedicated solutions for powertrain modelling and simulation.

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Schaeffler Logo

Hyperdrive Innovation develops powertrain systems for electric, hybrid and conventionally powered vehicles that enhance vehicle performance, optimise energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions. As a dynamic technology-led business, they provide electronic products and engineer integrated vehicle drive systems for clients working in automotive, industrial, defence and marine applications.

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Maplesoft’s core technologies include the most advanced symbolic computation engine and revolutionary physical modelling techniques. Combined, these technologies enable the creation of cutting-edge tools for design, modelling, and simulation. The Maplesoft product suite includes Maple, the technical computing and documentation environment, and MapleSim, the high-performance, multi-domain modelling and simulation tool for physical systems.

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IFP Group Power Technologies

IFP Group Powertrain Technologiesis an integrated offer proposed by IFP Energies nouvelles (IFPEN) and his subsidiary D2T Powertrain Engineering including a range of technologies, products and services in the fields of transport

This offer provides a comprehensive, joint service with each entity operating in its specific area of expertise, ranging from research and the development of concepts to the integration in industrial applications, including the production of prototypes and small series manufacturing.

The technological expertise focus on 7 major areas: powertrains with high energy efficiency, after treatment systems, thermal energy recovery systems, vehicle electrification for the land transport sector, piston engines and turbomachines for the aviation industry, and, finally, low-carbon fuels and lubricants providing cross-functional technology for different modes of transport.

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Arcola Energy

It's not the fastest car that wins the race BUT the car that goes the furthest on a syringe of Hydrogen.

Join the Arcola Energy team in building a hydrogen fuel cell powered car made out of Lego and then see how far you can get it to travel.

Arcola Energy are the team that make hydrogen fuel cells work as a range extender in Electric Vehicles

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Transport KTN

With increasing fuel costs, and ever more stringent regulations governing emissions at all stages of product lifecycles, energy efficiency is a key consideration for all transport systems.

The Transport KTN facilitates technology and expertise development and exchange in key areas that contribute to overall and specific energy efficiency measures, throughout all transport sectors and beyond.

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