Low-carbon sector looks to skills of ex-armed forces

Jason Ford

News Editor

An industry awareness day takes place on Thursday aimed at helping former armed forces personnel get work in the low-carbon vehicle industry following the first tranche of the Armed Forces Redundancy Programme.

Ex-service personnel have been identified as being able to offer the kind of advanced engineering skills and experience now being sought within Britain’s low-carbon vehicle technology industry. 

The kinds of position available include those relating to vehicle technology development and manufacturing, infrastructure deployment and engineering maintenance and support.

Devised by CENEX, the awareness day will take place at the Rockingham Race Circuit in Northamptonshire and is part of LCV2011. Taking place on 7–8 September, LCV2011 will address how the UK can maintain its current leading position in the development and adoption of low-carbon vehicle technology.

The first day of the LCV2011 conference will focus on sustainable growth within the automotive supply chain, while the second day will address the sustainable market uptake of low-carbon vehicles and the associated supporting infrastructure.

CENEX maintains that the UK can become a global leader in the development, manufacture and use of low-carbon vehicles, but only if there is consistent collaboration and investment from industry, government and early adopters. 

Launched in July 2011, the Evelio is a British built electric Supercar developed by a small and dedicated team in Andover, Hants
Launched in July 2011, the Evelio is a British-built electric supercar developed by a small and dedicated team in Andover, Hampshire

Still with alternatively fuelled vehicles (AFVs) and news that the grounds of Battersea Power Station are the location for EcoVelocity, a green vehicle festival taking place on 8-11 September.

Publicity material states that EcoVelocity will see car makers showcase their latest green models and will include electric and hybrid cars and those with very low emissions, which are often exempt from paying car tax and congestion charging zones. Each car maker will allow interested visitors to get their hands on new technology cars by offering test drives.

Visitors to Battersea will be able to take a look at the array of AFVs on display, including the iRacer, the Tesla Roadster and the Evelio, a UK supercar that can do 0–60mph in 3.2 seconds and travels an average of 150 miles between charges.

Energy is firmly on the agenda at the Royal Academy of Engineering, which launches its 2011 series of debates this evening by looking at issues resulting from the non-uniform distribution of energy resources across the globe.

The Royal Academy of Engineering says it will hold three debates that will bring together industry leaders, policy makers, engineers and economists.

The Natural Resources in the Global Economy debates follow last year’s series on Competing in the Global Economy.

The motion to be addressed at this first debate is: ‘This house believes that technology will play a greater role than governments in tackling the problems caused by the non-uniform global distribution of energy resources.’

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Finally, Switzerland is currently hosting the World Engineers Convention (WEC), an event that started yesterday and finishes this Friday.

Engineers, policy makers and representatives of research and industry from all over the world have convened to discuss one of the biggest challenges of the 21st century: the energy challenge.

According to the organisers, WEC 2011 will pool the know-how and experience of more than 2,000 experts to encourage the sustainable use of energy. It will identify future-proof solutions in areas such as mobility, urban development, energy conversion and distribution, renewable energy and rational end use.