To quote from the Low Carbon Vehicle Technology Project (LCVTP) website:

The Low Carbon Vehicle Technology Project is a collaboration between leading automotive companies and research partners, revolutionising the way vehicles are powered and manufactured. The project concentrates on fifteen separate technical R&D workstreams, each working closely with selected SMEs in the West Midlands region.
The multi-million project is funded by Advantage West Midlands, the European Regional Development Fund and contribution from industry partners. The project will safeguard jobs in the region’s supply chain as businesses switch to low carbon opportunities and make the West Midlands a global centre of excellence in low carbon vehicle engineering.

The project is led by 7 world-renowned industry and research partners: Jaguar Land Rover, TATA Motors European Technical Centre, Ricardo, MIRA LTD, Zytek, WMG and Coventry University and aims to secure active participation from forward-thinking businesses across the UK.

A team from the Cogent Computing ARC, of which I was a member, performed research within Workstream 9 (High Efficiency Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning and System Cooling). The focus of our work, specifically, was experimental investigation of cabin occupant thermal comfort in a variety of conditions, along with the build-up of carbon dioxide (CO2) within the cabin as a result of occupation.

The work was split into three “strands”, each focusing on a different area leading towards the overall goal:

  • Experimental investigation of thermal comfort and CO2 concentrations.
  • Selection, or development, of an appropriate model of occupant thermal comfort.
  • Estimation of comfort model input parameters using data gathered at more easily accessible locations.