IPG: Collaboration between innovators, universities and industry aims to accelerate the development of renewable energy technology through digital manufacturing principles
LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–IPG, AME and SDE Technology announce a new collaboration to co-develop the manufacturing plan for a renewable energy generation solution that will help accelerate product development and create value for all through to shared intellectual property.
IPG, developers of renewable generator technologies; the Institute for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering (AME), a collaboration between Coventry University and Unipart Manufacturing; and SDE Technology, Tier 1 and Tier 2 manufacturing experts, today announce a joint alliance to co-develop the volume manufacturing plan for the IPG Flameless Generator, the clean and green replacement for IPG’s diesel generator.
This integrated approach is rooted in the principles of digital manufacturing developed by AME, aimed at incentivizing greater and earlier engagement between established manufacturers and start-ups. This collaboration unites academia, industry and innovators to demonstrate the potential for accelerating new product development and securing greater value for all through scale-ready manufacturing plans.
Acting as a “test case” for Dr. Marcos Kauffman’s vision for the the future of manufacturing in Industry 4.0the strategic collaboration with AME and SDE will allow IPG to “ground-truth” the co-developed digital twin model in a real-world manufacturing environment, underpinning the path to cost-effective manufacturing of their product.
This will be achieved through the implementation of the proposed manufacturing and assembly processes and the study of scaling methodologies to move to high volume production. Establishing this model will also allow for a more detailed relationship between IPG and SDE Technology as IPG’s road to market progresses.
“The traditional manufacturing path presents a number of challenges for developers of early-stage hardware technologies like IPG. Startups often find themselves in a seemingly impossible loop where having a clear path to volume manufacturing of their product is crucial to securing investment and customer support, but unable to define this in the early stages of commercialization,” said Toby Gill, CEO of IPG.
“Establishing the digital twin for manufacturing the IPG Flameless Generator, with AME and supported by SDE industry experts, will not only give our investors greater confidence in the cost-effective manufacturability of our product. But in a few years, it will also give us a blueprint that can be replicated in multiple geographies, facilitating entry into global markets and also enabling scaling up nationally,” said Gil.
“Sharing the intellectual property of a co-created manufacturing plan establishes a framework that will allow everyone to share the benefits of bringing a promising product offering to market faster. For climate tech start-ups like IPG, early collaboration is invaluable as it allows them to tap into the expertise of industry experts like SDE to support and de-risk on the road to success. large-scale manufacturing. For manufacturing companies, providing this support lays the foundation for a deep business relationship once the product has proven itself in the market,” said Marcos Kauffman, director of the AME.
“I look forward to bringing our experience working with industry and our digital manufacturing and digital twin capabilities to accelerate the manufacturing of the IPG Flameless Generator,” said Kaufman.
“We are very pleased to be working with IPG to create their mass production plan for the IPG Flameless Generator,” said Richard Homden, CEO of SDE Technology. “Not only does this new way of working provide a pathway to accelerate profitable manufacturing for start-ups like IPG. It will also allow for greater transparency across the entire process, enabling an in-depth understanding of a product’s true carbon footprint. This marks a very important step towards aligning the industry on our net zero goals, which is why I think this is a great on-time opportunity to work with IPG on their product to help us achieve those goals. .
Notes to Editors
IPG is a British climate tech company tackling the “dirty secret” of the energy transition: the diesel generator. They provide a clean, multi-fuel generator so businesses can finally end their reliance on diesel, without sacrificing energy security.
The IPG Flameless Generator uses patented flameless combustion technology to provide pollutant-free power from any fuel. Dynamic fuel flexibility liberates the use of hydrogen and biofuels, while enabling the safety of conventional fuel as a backup – disrupting the “chicken and egg” scenario between supply and demand for renewable fuels.
IPG is currently raising EIS-eligible investments through the Seedrs crowdfunding platform to enable its customers to replace their diesel generators. www.ipg.energy.com.
The Institute for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering (AME) is a collaboration between Coventry University and Unipart Manufacturing, bringing together academia, industry and R&D in a factory setting to deliver the ‘UK’s first faculty on the factory floor.
A center of excellence in engineering, AME specializes in manufacturing education and research in areas such as Industry 4.0, digital manufacturing and simulation, automation and control, metrology and measurement uncertainty, surface engineering, portable devices, lasers, welding and assembly.
The Institute for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering has a proven track record in this approach, carrying out over £50 million of research and development projects since its launch in 2014. https://www.coventry.ac.uk/ame/the-institute/
With over 50 years of expertise using best engineering practice, SDE Technology is one of the largest manufacturers of presses and assemblies in the UK.
SDE Technology is passionate about using advanced technologies to solve complex engineering problems associated with component manufacturing, welding and assembly. https://sde.technology/