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WSP, the engineering professional services consultancy, has released new drone footage showing the University of Bath’s Institute for Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems (IAAPS) as it nears the end of construction.

IAAPS will be a world-class facility supporting global automotive industries to deliver future generations of advanced propulsion systems and ultra-low emission vehicles. IAAPS will enable insight into the complex nature of transitioning to Ultra Low Emission Vehicles, including the continued electrification of vehicles, and is due to open in 2021.

The footage shows the structure which, when completed, will be 13,500 sqm in size and two storeys tall. The ground floor rear will contain test facilities for engines, propulsion, power trains and chassis dyno cells, while the first-floor rear will consist of specialist equipment to serve the test areas below it.

The state-of-the-art equipment and space will allow detailed systems-level research to be conducted including whole vehicle analysis under real-world driving conditions, recognising the ever-changing nature of mobility and travel in the UK, particularly with a transition to low carbon transportation as part of the UK’s 2050 net zero target.

IAAPS is being built at the Bristol and Bath Science Park, a regional hub for science and technology businesses, and has received funding from both the UK Research Partnership Initiative Fund and the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership through the Local Growth Fund, administered by the West of England Combined Authority.

West of England Mayor, Tim Bowles, said: “The West of England is set to lead the world in the development of ultra-low emission vehicles. Supporting innovation and business growth like this is key to our economic success. The IAAPS project also supports our ambitions for clean economic growth and will help us to attract even more innovative businesses to the region.”

Peter Bone, Technical Director for Structures at WSP, said: “The University of Bath’s IAAPS will be a globally significant facility and at the forefront of research into propulsion systems and ultra-low emission vehicles. The need for world-class facilities and academia to support this agenda has never been greater as decarbonising our transport network will be a key element of the UK achieving net zero greenhouse gases by 2050. We’re delighted to be working on this project with the University and look forward to seeing the facility in action.”

Professor Gary Hawley, Executive Director of IAAPS, said: “We’re excited to see the new IAAPS research facility take shape and this footage gives us a unique and useful insight into the build that shows the ambition and scale of the project.

“Both the University of Bath and IAAPS’ other major investors, Research England and the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership, are pleased to see the continued progress of the building, particularly in the current climate. The facility will allow us to significantly accelerate our work to develop high-quality research-based solutions for the automotive industry as it moves to a more sustainable and efficiency-focused future.”

Press release by WECA.

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