A 100kW high-speed generator developed in the UK has been selected for use in an EU-sponsored project to develop cleaner public transport.
The Turbo Genset Company developed the AC generator (The Engineer, 5 February 1998) which will produce electricity for the hybrid vehicle transmission system.
The generator design, which is light, compact and efficient, was developed by Professor Colin Besant at Imperial College, London.
Besant is the inventor and driving force behind the commercial uptake of the technology. He envisages other applications for the generator in portable power generation, industrial machinery, and powering spindles that drive cutting tools.
The EU public transport project, which is headed by De Dietrich, builder of Eurostar and TGV trains, has been running for almost a year.
It is expected to produce a demonstrator train, which will be given a trial run in the German city of Karlsruhe, later this year.