The Go-Ahead Group and Williams Hybrid Power (WHP), a subsidiary of Williams Grand Prix Engineering, have signed a ground breaking agreement to develop a flywheel energy storage application for use in buses.
Go-Ahead and Williams Hybrid Power have agreed to work together to develop and produce six prototype buses with a retrofitted hybrid flywheel system, providing electro mechanical energy to drive the bus and deliver substantial improvements to fuel economy and reductions in CO2 emissions. Go-Ahead is one of the UK’s leading providers of passenger transport, with over one billion passenger journey’s taken each year on its bus and rail services.
Williams Hybrid Power has been at the forefront of hybrid flywheel systems within motor racing, originally developing it for the Williams Formula One car and providing systems to Porsche for the 911 GT3 Hybrid and recently Audi for the R18 e-tron Quattro that will compete at this year’s Le Mans 24 hour race.
Phil Margrave, Go-Ahead’s Group Engineering Director, commented, ‘In the on-going quest to significantly reduce the CO2 emissions of the Go-Ahead Group we are very excited to be working with Williams Hybrid Power, a British technology company at the cutting edge of alternative energy solutions. We are convinced that the experience and expertise they have gained from developing and using the flywheel technology in motorsport will migrate to the bus market and deliver a ground breaking solution to the issue of fuel efficiency.’’
Speaking about the announcement Ian Foley, Managing Director of Williams Hybrid Power, added, ‘’I am delighted that we have signed this agreement with a forward thinking company like Go-Ahead. From the very beginning we identified public transport as an ideal customer for our flywheel technology and I am excited about the challenge of delivering this innovative solution for the bus industry. Hopefully this is the beginning of many such initiatives in the public transport field.’’