Nestle

Nestle

Projects PROJECT: Promoting electric vehicles to the workforce Challenge: Nestle were interested in introducing an electric vehicle staff salary scheme into their sites across the UK but wished to understand the potential uptake and understand the infrastructure required to meet the demand. What we did: Nestle has an aspiration to become the greenest and most sustainable food and beverage manufacturer in the UK. Having already built up a good relationship with Nestle in Newcastle upon Tyne, through our work on the North East Plugged in Places programme, Zero Carbon Futures was invited to lead on a scoping exercise. The result of which would assist the company with their investigations into infrastructure and EV packages for their staff. We were commissioned to carry out a national scoping exercise to determine the volume and type of charging infrastructure required at each Nestle site and the estimated associated costs, with recommendations for the provision of advice / education to employees considering using an EV. The project was to initially provide an analysis of the potential take up across 10 Nestle sites in the UK and to determine what this would translate into in terms of infrastructure requirements at each site, to support the uptake by staff. Analysis was carried out based on our knowledge and expertise in workplace EV and infrastructure uptake and, combined with employee numbers across Nestle sites, we were able to put forward a report determining the expected uptake of EV by their staff. The report also included infrastructure recommendations including associated costs, potential funding, timescales, charge point type and volume for each site. A package of how Zero Carbon Futures...
European Energy Centre

European Energy Centre

Projects PROJECT: Developing an EV awareness training course Challenge: The European Energy Centre (EEC) was seeking an industry partner to develop the Electric Vehicles training course to complement their existing range of courses and qualifications in Renewable and Green Energy. They approached Zero Carbon Futures to design a two-day course.   What we did: Drawing on our years of industry experience, combined with up to date research on future developments, we designed an electric vehicle training programme which provides a detailed overview of the electric vehicle landscape. The course covers all aspect of the industry, starting with the policy driving the transition to electric cars, the different types of vehicles available and the supporting infrastructure required. Day two concentrates on the business case for recharging infrastructure, the key players in the marketplace and explores battery second life technology. The course ends with forecasts for the future. So far over 300 delegates have attended the course both in the classroom and online, from a range of different backgrounds, including delegates from the Ford Motor Company, E.On, Shell and the Office for Low Emission Vehicles. We’ve even trained staff from vehicle manufacturers, infrastructure providers and technology specialists – and some delegates have travelled from as far afield as Nigeria, Iran and Romania. As well as developing all content for the course including presentations and course material, Zero Carbon Futures has delivered each of the courses to date as well as setting the examination questions for the Galileo Master Certificate (GMC), the internationally recognised Certificate for the Renewable Energy industry which has been achieved by delegates in over 150 countries worldwide. The...
Nissan

Nissan

Projects PROJECT: APC 4 battery project PROJECT VALUE: £19 million with a £9.5m grant from the Advanced Propulsion Centre. Challenge: Develop, deliver and manage a project which will bring academic and industrial research together to deliver productivity improvements at Nissan Manufacturing UK’s battery plant in Sunderland. The £19 million project set out to develop innovative processes and techniques for new higher energy density batteries. What we did: The project brought together a consortia of academic and technology partners to investigate areas of EV battery development. Following a successful application to the APC, lead organisation NMUK and project partners were awarded funding for an APC 4 project that saw the development of a 40kWh pilot line for EV battery cells at Nissan, techniques to reduce manufacturing time and cost, in-line fault detection and visual fault detection studies, and a skills development and training programme. The project also saw the creation of 99 jobs and safeguarding over 300 skilled jobs. Alongside this, the project also supported the creation of a semi-automated pilot line at UK SME, Hyperdrive. The project made it possible for Nissan to develop their 3rd party supply market, initially making their product available to SME Hyperdrive, to access Nissan developed battery packs to create a scalable modular battery system for non-competing applications such as bus, truck, and other industrial applications. The project was a collaboration between Nissan, Hyperdrive, Newcastle University, Warwick Manufacturing Group and ZCF, who had the overall responsibility for the administering of the programme. As well as coordinating the successful delivery of the APC 4 project, ZCF developed a training programme capturing knowledge and key processes identified as part of this...
APC 5 Propulsion innovation

APC 5 Propulsion innovation

Projects PROJECT VALUE: £9.1 million with a £4.7m grant  PARTNERS: Large OEM partner, Huttenes-Albertus (UK) Ltd, Lighthouse Systems Ltd, Beta Technologies Limited, Brunel University, Zero Carbon Futures. Challenge: Deliver innovative low carbon propulsion technologies that will deliver significant reductions in vehicle emissions compared to current best-in-class technologies, and have the capability to develop the UK’s low carbon vehicle technology supply chain. What we are doing: The aim of the project is the deployment of Alloy technology to provide next-generation engine and vehicle components, and exploiting the UK’s expertise for global benefit while increasing capability of the UK in component casting. Brunel University’s BCAST facility will conduct research into an ideal alloy for future products. The project will also focus on developing an ideal manufacturing system. Beta Technology will support the trails and research into ideal casting alloys. Project Partner Huttenes-Albertus will enable access to additive manufacturing technologies and access to training facilities where industry workers can gain practical experience in new machinery at their Centre of Competency in Hanover, Germany. Project partner SME Lighthouse Systems Ltd will provide Manufacturing Execution System solutions to improve manufacturing performance on the shop-floor. As well as administering the project, ZCF will be developing a framework of training to support staff working in casting, as well as the wider dissemination of the casting techniques by way of an apprenticeship module developed as part of the programme. The result: The project commenced in June 2017 and will conclude November 2020.     GET IN TOUCH ← Previous (Savjetura, Croatia) Next (Nissan) → Let’s drive change together Find out more about our work and receive our latest technical...
Savjetura, Croatia

Savjetura, Croatia

Projects PROJECT: Developing Eastern Europe’s first EV conference Challenge: To support our partner in Croatia to raise awareness and interest in low carbon vehicles. What we did: Here at Zero Carbon Futures, we’re great believers in the importance of getting people interested in low carbon vehicles and spreading the word far and wide especially about electric vehicle charging networks. When we were approached by our colleagues in Croatia from consultancy company Savjetura who were looking to raise awareness of the EV sector in Eastern Europe, we were only happy to help. With our company’s extensive experience of event management in the EV sector and Savjetura’s knowledge of the local market, we came together to develop South East Europe’s first dedicated event to e-mobility: E-MobilitySE. Our aim for the day was to take the topic of e-mobility to this new market of South East Europe, sharing learnings from more advanced European cities and countries and ultimately build partnerships which could ultimately spark interest in becoming involved in future European projects. The event, which was held in Zagreb in November 2015, attracted high profile speakers from organisations such as the European Commission, Nissan Central Europe, ESB, Austriatech, Denmark and Stedin in the Netherlands and of course we included a few Zero Carbon Futures’ speakers on the agenda. Complimenting the day-long programme was a Ride & Drive programme which were incredibly popular with many delegates many of whom had never having experienced an electric vehicle before. Result: Over 140 delegates attended the event, made up of a mix of public, private and educational establishments. The event attracted delegates not only from Croatia but from neighbouring countries including Austria, Hungary and Montenegro. GET...
Energy local storage advanced system

Energy local storage advanced system

Projects PROJECT VALUE: €9.86 million – funded through the European Union Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme PARTNERS: Bouygues Energies & Services, Renault SAS, Nissan West Europe, RWTH Aachen University, United Technologies Research Centre, Engineering – Ingeneria Informatica SPA, B.A.U.M. Consult GmbH, ASM Terni SPA, Allgäuer Überlandwerk – AÜW, Gateshead College Challenge: To integrate second life batteries with an innovative local ICT-based Energy Management System in order to develop a low-cost, scalable and easy-to-deploy battery energy storage system as part of the European Energy Storage Advanced System (ELSA) project. What we are doing: Zero Carbon Futures, through our parent company Gateshead College, is  focussing activity on the site of the Skills Academy for Sustainable Manufacturing (SASMI) in Sunderland. Our role in the project is to pilot the integration of battery storage at a live site and evaluate its use.  Optimized energy management will be performed, monitored and validated at the location. Gateshead College’s SASMI is a training college for sustainable manufacturing within the low-carbon vehicle industry to prepare workers for new jobs in the green industry. The project will also look at skills and training needed for future implementation of such systems. Within the framework of ELSA the SASMI facility will be equipped with: a PV system with 50 kWp, an electrical storage unit utilising three 2nd life Leaf batteries with a total capacity of 48 kWh, an ICT system. ELSA’s aim is to connect the new and existing equipment with the existing building management system optimising the building’s energy consumption and managing the intermittent PV electricity generation. Its objective is to enable the integration of 2nd life battery technology...
EA Technology

EA Technology

Projects PROJECT: Supporting the My Electric Avenue project Challenge:  To support EA Technology on their My Electric Avenue project by recruiting trial participants in North East England as well as project managing the charge point installs across the UK. What we did: My Electric Avenue was a project led by EA Technology with the overall objective to trial a solution to the impact on the electricity grid when multiple electric vehicles were charging at the same time. The project sought to trial Esprit which was designed to support the electricity network by curtailing the charging of electric vehicles charging on a single network, in order to balance out charging time and reduce the strain on the electricity network during peak times. To do this the project needed a minimum of 100 technical trial participants in the form of at least 7 clusters of 10 or more participants on each cluster which were all fed by the same local electricity feeder. A challenging remit indeed!   Zero Carbon Futures’ role was to engage with the public in the North of England and to recruit them onto the trials. Supporting the national project PR, Zero Carbon Futures ran a regionalised PR and marketing campaign to raise public awareness and drive interest in the North. Once we began to receive expressions of interest, we took to the streets of the North hosting and attending events, community test drives and information sessions to give people the chance to find out more.   Once the project successfully recruited all its clusters, our role was then to co-ordinate the installation of the Esprit technology and...
Office for Low Emission Vehicles

Office for Low Emission Vehicles

Projects PROJECT: Plugged in Places North East   Challenge: To install a comprehensive charge point network throughout the whole of the North East. What we did: Back in 2010, we successfully bid to the Office for Low Emission Vehicles to secure funding to develop an electric vehicle charging network throughout North East England. We were one of the first three regions in the UK to rise to the challenge in what was the early days of electric cars. Our team brought together over 120 partners – ranging from all twelve local authorities in the region; academic institutes; major retail parks right through to local hotels and even a cheese factory. Over the three years of the project, we successfully connected the entire region with charge points from Berwick down to Middlesbrough taking in our three major cities – Newcastle, Sunderland and Durham. Throughout the project we also had a remit to raise public awareness of electric vehicles and the charging infrastructure to increase the uptake of electric vehicles and for three years in a row we executed communications campaigns. Our ‘Why Not Electric?’ campaign in particular really caught the public’s imagination and prompted them to get involved and take an electric test drive. The project also provided the team with a wealth of data which we still monitor today, giving us enormous insight into driving and charging behaviour. The result: A full network of 1,163 electric vehicle charge points ranging from on-street public charge points, domestic, workplace and the UK’s very first connected network of rapid charge points. GET IN TOUCH ← Previous (Why not electric? campaign) Next (EA...
Why not electric? campaign

Why not electric? campaign

Projects PROJECT VALUE: £100,000 PARTNERS: EV dealerships Challenge: To raise awareness of electric vehicles and break down barriers to electric driving. What we did: Busting myths and getting people into electric vehicles were the key aims of our Why Not Electric marketing campaign which we launched during the summer of 2012. Running for 6 weeks, the campaign promoted the benefits of electric driving, particularly the financial benefits and will tackle some of the common myths surrounding going electric – prompting people to ask themselves: Why Not Electric? The campaign was aimed at private drivers (affluent, professionals, early adopters) and business drivers – both company car owners and those who had fleet or pool cars as part of their business. Activity channels were wide-ranging and included everything from a sponsorship from Capital Radio, press advertising, bus backs and parking ticket ads, online and PPC, events and roadshows and a supporting PR campaign. Supporting the campaign was a dedicated website which contained a range of tools to encourage people to find out more about electric vehicles including an online calculator to work out fuel savings, information on the models available, a competition linked to social media and the opportunity to book a test drive. Over 100 people took the opportunity to book a test drive during the campaign and we worked with local dealerships to deliver this. The result: Our market research at the end of the campaign, showed us that 19% of those surveyed would consider an electric vehicle as their next car. GET IN TOUCH ← Previous (EDF Energy) Next (Office for Low Emission Vehicles) → Let’s drive change together Find out more...
EDF Energy

EDF Energy

Projects PROJECT: Advising on the energy provider’s strategy to enter the EV market   Challenge: As one of the UK’s leading energy suppliers, EDF Energy wished to support the transition to electric mobility by developing a range of products to their domestic and commercial customers. ZCF commissioned on a range of projects to support their direction. What we did: ZCF was engaged to provide a brief to the company on the EV market, taking into account projected trends and provide an overview of where the market was heading to enable them to create a strategy that offered value to their customers. After a number of workshops with senior staff at their Brighton HQ, ZCF was then further commissioned to support the development of an online product microsite. The site was aimed at commercial customers to offer them fleet solutions alongside a charging offer and tariff. ZCF’s marketing manager worked with the team at EDF and their chosen digital agency, helping to scope the website’s structure, mapping out the customer journey and helping firm up the proposition. ZCF continued to work as a consultant to the project team, providing content on electric vehicles and infrastructure in an easy to understand way. As EDF’s offering has developed since then and the team has grown, ZCF was again commissioned, through the European Energy Centre, to host a full day workshop with new members of the team to provide a background to the EV market and build knowledge on the industry’s future. In other projects, ZCF has also worked closely with EDF Energy in France on a number of European funded projects including...
Collaborative projects fund

Collaborative projects fund

Projects PROJECT VALUE: £2 million PARTNERS: North East EV sector Challenge: To provide grant funding to SMEs and research partners in the EV sector of the North East. What we did: As part of our successful Regional Growth Fund programme, we developed an innovative idea to support SMEs and technology developers in the region. The Collaborative Projects Fund was a fund developed by Zero Carbon Futures which provided grant funding for R&D, near market collaborative projects between SMEs and research or technology partners based in the North East. The £2 million fund offered grants of between £50,000 and £300,000 towards the cost of bringing new products to market in the field of low emission transport and infrastructure development. Companies in the region bid to a panel of independent experts for the funding which supported collaborations between SMEs with product development support needs, and knowledge based partners such as R&D organisations, businesses, universities, technology partners, customers or partner companies. The fund aimed to support the development of the EV sector in the region and help the region to maintain its strong reputation in this field. Zero Carbon Futures not only were responsible for project managing the entire fund but they also oversaw all marketing and communications around its availability, running events, developing a dedicated website and managing PR around the successful projects. Successful bidders included organisations such as Hyperdrive Innovation, Sevcon, AVID and Route Monkey. Result: Nine Collaborative Projects awarded funding between March 2013 and Jan 2014 and 77 jobs were created through those successful projects. GET IN TOUCH ← Previous (Voltage optimisation training) Next (EDF Energy) → Let’s drive...
Voltage optimisation training

Voltage optimisation training

Projects PARTNERS: Energeia Cost Savings Challenge: By 2020 the UK Government has set a target for around 50 million homes and small businesses to have a smart meter installed. What we are doing: In response to these exciting opportunities across the energy sector, Zero Carbon Futures together with our parent company Gateshead College and partner Energeia Cost Savings has designed a 10 day energy course to introduce unemployed clients to Voltage Optimisation and Energy Efficiency in the home. Smart Technologies enable customers to understand and monitor their energy consumption in their home. Integrating domestic Voltage Optimisation units into the home will enable consumers and energy companies to effectively manage their electricity demand. The development of these emerging technologies in the energy sector will generate a demand for skilled workers nationwide who will be involved in areas such as meter installations, maintenance & repairs and customer energy advice. The Voltage Optimisation course which is part of a wider Home Energy Efficiency Programme explores opportunities for unemployed clients to gain those skills, experience and knowledge in mounting a domestic voltage optimisation unit. All learners who successfully complete the course have the opportunity to gain formal RoSPA qualifications in areas such as Asbestos Awareness, Working at Height and Confined Spaces which will further enhance the qualification and help them back on the pathway to employment. Result: During 2015, two 2-week skills work based pilots were delivered to unemployed clients in North East England. On completion of the course, all learners were offered a guaranteed job interview with Evolve Facility Services and three learners successfully gained full time employment with companies in the...
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