22 October 2015

Project Technical Update: October 2015

Chassis: still work-in-progress as Rob tries to package everything into a shorter wheelbase. We've re-positioned the controllers and brought the motors in as tight as we can get them, and I recently did a quick study into making the capacitor pack shorter and fatter.
That looks promising as it might shorten the wheelbase by 200mm albeit at the expense of a few capacitors. It also means that all packs can now use the 'optimum' busbar in most positions so although we lose a bit of energy capacity I hope we'll lose less of it through the pack. Ryan is doing a more detailed study (see further down)




Rear Wheel: production is now underway. I met Stu from Warpspeed Racing at Santa Pod recently to go over a few area of the design. The image (below) shows the style of wheel that he's building. The material is ordered and he's also making the headstock, plus he's got a few other goodies that I think we'll be ordering in the coming months.



Capacitor Pack: As mentioned above, Ryan is looking at the detail of the new capacitor layout and assessing the busbar sizes so we can see what sort of loss we might expect through the capacitor pack. We're hoping for no more than 1% of available energy!


Motors: I've done a lot of work with the motor data that Morgan has produced. Basically, he's provided a spreadsheet with hundreds of calculations showing the motor speed, torque, power, current draw (Amps) and efficiency across a whole range of controller frequencies.

By matching up the rear-wheel rpm with the theoretical torque and power we need at every 1/3 second interval, from the start line to the timing gantry 1/4-mile away, I have built up the optimum controller settings at every point during the run.

Morgan is now fine tuning the motor design to improve efficiency and we'll go through the exercise again until we end up with a control algorithm from launch to finish. This part is really exciting.



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Sponsor Updates - October 2015


Kent Manufacturing Expo proved to be very useful for finding new suppliers and supporters.
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One exhibitor was M J Allen Ltd, a long-established foundry and machining business in Ashford. I had a chat at the show with the Managing Director, Tim Allen, and visited a few day later. I'm not sure they are set up to help with the work we need, but Tim is very supportive and offered to use his vast number of engineering contacts in Kent to find any suppliers we need. He's also keen to support STEM activities in Kent so we'll meet again after I've spoken to Medway EBP (see this story) to look at how they can get involved, possibly as event sponsors to help cover the costs. Details can be found at THIS LINK


Sales Office
M J Allen factory (part of) in Ashford, Kent
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Also, one of our newest sponsors, Cooden Tax Consulting, were at the show (see other story HERE) and Simon Bulteel sat in on my presentation about the project. As he listened to it he realised that one of his clients might be able to help us with the composite body panels we need, so he put us in touch with them.

I followed this up and had an excellent meeting with Brett Rust of 3D Printing Engineering who are based at Sussex University Innovation Centre. They are a relatively new company with experience in Formula 1 composite design and construction. We discussed a plan whereby they would help the students designing the body at University of Brighton with their real-world experience, and then take the students through the manufacturing process (something they can't do at the uni). The result... 3D Printing Engineering get an introduction to the university for future projects, they add value to the students project, and they help us get the finished product in our hands. An excellent result all round if this comes off.

These arrangements meet so many of our interests - building new networks of collaborators, adding value to STEM projects, and (importantly) getting our products made at low/zero cost.

All told, my day at the Kent Manufacturing and Electronics expo was very worthwhile.


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Cooden Tax Consultants join the Fast Charge team

I am delighted to welcome Cooden Tax Consulting to the sponsors team.

Simon Bulteel, owner and Director, has extensive tax and finance experience from his spells in public accountancy practice and industry (including working for a motorsport engineering company). He provides advice and support to companies claiming R&D and Technology Tax Reliefs.

With this project being a shining example of engineering and scientific research, having his skills on hand is a natural fit. Simon is providing professional support to the team and contributing towards the project running costs.

Simon told us “It’s great to be supporting Phil, Weald Technology and their partners in this world class engineering project to set a new world record for an Electric Motorcycle; it is the perfect example of a project that can benefit from the Government’s Research and Development Tax Relief scheme, which is the back bone of their ‘Innovation Nation’ flagship policy, as a means of supporting and boosting British Business”


Phil Edwards (l) and Simon Bulteel (r) at the Kent Manufacturing Expo

If your business is engaged in any sort of research or development (and the scope is quite wide-ranging) you ought to have an informal chat with Simon to see if you are eligible for tax relief on your costs.

You can find more information about Cooden Tax Consulting HERE – mention Fast Charge when calling, please!
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Fast Charge Events: where we've been, where we're going...

I had an excellent day at the Kent Manufacturing and Electronics Expo, and was grateful to Chris, one of our keen supporters, for his help on the day. The talk I gave to the school parties was well received and from that have lined up a meeting with Medway Education-Business Partnership (see HERE) to discuss how we can use the Fast Charge project to add value to STEM in Kent.

I also met a few companies that might be able to help with products and services.

Coming up in November are a few events:

At the start of the month I'm at the NEC for two days (4th and 5th) for the Advanced Engineering show. Attracting 15,000 visitors from Aerospace, Automotive, Mechanical, Electronic, and Composite design and manufacturing industries this is a very high profile showcase for the project. Show details are HERE

I'm just about to meet STEM Sussex to discuss how we can do more with Fast Charge to promote STEM in Sussex schools, and will be meeting Medway EBP (see above) to arrange the same in North Kent. This post gives a bit more information.

On the 9th December I'll be giving a presentation to students at The University of Kent in Canterbury and then in January we have a stand at the Energy Efficient Motorsport Conference at the NEC. That should also herald the official reveal of the rolling chassis.
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STEM updates from the Fast Charge project

I'm putting together an ambitious package of ideas to ensure I can make the most of Fast Charge as an inspiration to school and college pupils.

These include setting activities around the project, recruiting some ambassadors to help spread the workload of talks and presentations, producing a series of short videos about the technology, design and manufacturing behind the bike, and even creating some accredited training modules.

That's not going to happen overnight, and I need to have some discussions with other STEM providers in the south-east as we need them to help us make it happen, but I hope that a really useful programme develops out of this project and its successors.

I have meetings lined up with Medway Education-Business Partnership and STEM Sussex in the coming days.

If you would like to get involved as an ambassador, or help with the videos if you want to be a TV presenter, please do get in touch via THIS LINK.

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1 October 2015

Fast Charge are proud to support Canine Partners

I had a great day at Canine Partners HQ recently doing a photo shoot and preparing a press release.

Here are the details...

Daredevil Phil hopes to smash world record for fastest electric motorbike

Kind-hearted Phil Edwards hopes to speed into the record books with the world’s fastest electric motorbike – and raise money for assistance dog charity Canine Partners in the process.

Phil, from Uckfield, East Sussex, hopes the bike will break the current world record of 6.94 seconds by travelling a quarter of a mile at 200mph in six seconds with 1,000 horsepower and zero emissions from a standing-start. He plans to see the bike make its debut on a race track in 2016.

Phil already holds the title of the UK’s fastest electric motorcycle having designed and built it in 2011. He has since spent the last three years planning and fundraising to build a new bike to take on the American constructors and bring the world record to the UK.

Generous Phil will donate six per cent of all Supporter Club subscriptions and 10 per cent of all merchandise sales to national charity Canine Partners after hearing about the good work they do.

Phil, project director for the ‘Fast Charge’ project which is the UK leader in low-carbon automotive technology and world-beating motorsport, said: “Exciting projects like ‘Fast Charge’ attract lots of attention and I was aware that we could use our high profile to raise awareness for the Charity.

“I’ve been looking for some time to find a deserving cause and, as a dog lover myself, was intrigued when I first heard about Canine Partners. When I met them and saw the amazing work they do to train and support assistance dogs I was really impressed and knew we’d found our own partner!”
Phil with the UK’s fastest electric motorbike and Canine Partners demonstration dogs Ali and Angel

Canine Partners, which is celebrating their 25th anniversary this year, trains dogs to perform tasks such as opening and closing doors, undressing, pressing buttons, retrieving items, unloading washing machines, taking card and cash from ATMs and other everyday tasks that disabled people find difficult, painful or impossible to do for themselves.

Kay Gilmore, South East Regional Fundraiser for Canine Partners, said: “What Phil is aiming to achieve is phenomenal and we are grateful to him for allowing us to be a part of his journey.

“We are delighted a percentage of subscriptions and merchandise sales will be coming to Canine Partners and will enable us to transform even more people’s lives through our amazing assistance dogs.

“Canine Partners doesn’t receive any government funding and relies solely on donations and legacies so it really will make a difference.”

The motorbike which broke the UK record for the fastest electric motorcycle spent 2014 at The National Motor Museum in Beaulieu as part of their special exhibition ‘Record Breakers – for Britain and the hell of it….’

To join the ‘Fast Charge’ project Supporters Club or for merchandise enquiries visit www.fast-charge.org. To find out more about Canine Partners visit caninepartners.org.uk or call 08456 580480.

Canine Partners is a registered charity that assists people with disabilities to enjoy a greater independence and quality of life through the provision of specially trained dogs, whose well-being is a key consideration.  

More than 1.2 million people in the UK use a wheelchair, and a significant number of those would benefit from a canine partner.  The dogs are carefully matched to the applicant’s needs and lifestyle, no matter how challenging.  They are trained to help with everyday tasks such as opening and shutting doors, unloading the washing machine, picking up dropped items, pressing buttons and switches and getting help in an emergency.  The Charity is working in partnership with Help for Heroes, and aims to train dogs to meet the needs of people with even the most complex disabilities including members of HM Armed Forces.

These life transforming dogs also provide practical, physiological, psychological and social benefits including increased independence and confidence as well as increased motivation and self-esteem. A canine partner also brings companionship, a sense of security and increases social interaction.

Canine Partners receives no government funding and is wholly dependent on public donations and legacies.

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