Magnomatics wins £100,000 Smart award

magsplit300Magnomatics, the Yorkshire based green technology company, specialising in the development of advanced magnetic transmission systems and high-torque electrical machines, has announced that it has received a £100,000 Smart award to develop a second generation of its Magsplit power split device.

The device combines the functionality of a magnetic gear and a motor generator in a compact unit that improves the system efficiency, and therefore fuel economy, compared to the mechanical gear and motor/generator combination found in many modern hybrid cars.

Magnomatics is currently working with a leading global car manufacturer on a project funded by the UK government’s Technology Strategy Board (TSB) to evaluate the application of the technology in hybrid cars and its new device is said to be attracting interest from other vehicle manufacturers.

In a separate project, also funded by the TSB, Magnomatics is working with a large, international truck and bus manufacturer, to evaluate the application of Magsplit for larger commercial vehicles.

In 2012 Magnomatics secured £2.5 million funding to develop magnetically geared motors and generators for the hybrid and electric vehicle market. £1.06 million was provided by IP Group which was matched by Finance Yorkshire. Fusion IP also invested £366,000 in the technology.

Magnomatics managing director Chris Kirby (pictured) said the Smart award would allow us the company to recruit high calibre experts, allowing it to dedicate more resource to developiuse the device.

Magnomatics is a spin-out company formed in 2006 from the research group in Electrical Machines and Drives at the University of Sheffield.

This material is protected by copyright Ken Hurst 2013.


About Ken Hurst

Ken Hurst began his career as a journalist in London over 30 years ago, working on a range of publications before moving on to weekly newspaper production in the newly-independent Zambia of the 1970s. He returned to the UK where his work included spells on newspapers and magazines, before moving to head up Norwich Union’s corporate affairs division. In the 1990s he moved on to freelance, co-own and publish the B2B audio magazine Sound and front the BBC radio Yesterday’s Papers programme. There followed six years as Business Editor at Britain’s biggest selling regional daily newspaper, The Eastern Daily Press, where he led an award-winning team and for whom he still writes a weekly socio/political comment column. Subsequently, he was Group Editorial Director at CBM, responsible for its UK and US magazine output – including The Manufacturer magazine – research-driven industry reports and live events content. Currently he is Contributing Editor at Works Management magazine publisher Findlay Media and Chairman of the consumer publishing house TNT Multimedia Ltd. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and of the British Association of Communicators in Business.
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