In the next edition of the KTP Net Zero series, we take a look at electric hovercraft. This KTP between The British Hovercraft Company and the University of Brighton is working to introduce a more sustainable option of aquatic transportation. The project is in its infancy, having started in September 2021, but here is what they are looking to achieve through their KTP.
The British Hovercraft Company is the world’s largest manufacturer of recreational and small commercial hovercraft.
Their craft can be found on every continent, used for search and rescue, pleasure and commercial activities, from the lithium mines in Chile to lake Natron in Tanzania to the Ice and snow in Canada to almost every province in China. The company has over the last three years reinvested 30% of its turnover in Research and development, and its owners wish to transform their factory in Kent into a centre of excellence.
Two members of the team have recently been selected to become the first people to take part in a Marine engineering apprenticeship specifically specialising in Hovercraft design and production.
The KTP between The University of Brighton and The British Hovercraft Company set to introduce and implement scientifically informed design and manufacturing processes to develop a first-to-market electric hovercraft. The project would see the transfer of application of advanced mechanical and simulation capabilities to streamline and optimise hovercraft performance for applications in new markets. James Halligan, Managing Director of The British Hovercraft Company had this to say about the project:
“We believe that the KTP partnership with Brighton University will help us create a sustainable future for the manufacture of hovercraft in the UK for the foreseeable future, by taking a product invented in the 20th Century, and systemising the design and manufacture of this extraordinary craft, with the help of some of the best minds in the UK.”
It’s hoped that this revolutionary new vehicle will provide an alternative to the commercial and recreational market.
Knowledge Transfer Partnerships are a dynamic three-way collaboration between a business or not for profit organisation, one of the UK’s world-class knowledge bases, and a suitably qualified graduate.
Knowledge Transfer Partnerships are funded by a grant to the university from Innovate UK and other government co-funders, and a cash contribution from the business involved. The programme is delivered by Knowledge Transfer Network, a network partner of Innovate UK.
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