Sheffield's look at advanced manufacturing wins praise at building's opening Magazine

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The Sheffield city region’s consentrate on advanced manufacturing excellence has been praised within the opening on the new energy technology development centre.

Yorkshire ambassador Sir Gary Verity was performing the ceremony, formally opening the fresh Sheffield HQ of Libertine FPE Limited, that may serve as the hub of their leading edge research and development work with linear motor-generator technologies.

The power at Sheffield’s Vantage Park industrial estate will find Libertine go on to lead the manner in which in research, development and prototyping of free piston engines and linear power generation systems to make use of cleaner types of energy including agricultural waste, biomass and biofuels that happen to be being developed across the world.

Libertine’s new 6,610 square feet unit, that is the first occupied unit at phase two of Vantage Park, was formally opened by Sir Gary using a 650k funding injection in 2017, led by way of the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF).

Sir Gary said: “The volume of innovation and engineering advancement while in the Sheffield City Region has started to become widely known both domestically and internationally which is actually a huge coup for Yorkshire as being a centre of advanced manufacturing excellence. It is no wonder that Libertine has chosen to uncover its research and development facility here.

“It is key that South Yorkshire retains its place the main point on advanced manufacturing and will continue to attract computer companies offering pioneering work, attracting talent away from the universities and keeping innovation in your neighborhood.”

Libertine was established last season for making linear machines for power and motion, making use of decades practical experience during the automotive and motorsport industries, consumer product engineering and cost effective manufacturing techniques.

It makes sense a suite of ‘Linear Power System’ technologies that will switch the crankshaft in small engines, driving them to more potent, more flexible, quicker to maintain and a lot cleaner.

Sam Cockerill, founder and chief exec of Libertine FPE, said: “We are delighted that Sir Gary Verity chose to open our new facility within Sheffield.?Free piston technologies and linear power systems will have a huge role at some point from the internal combustion engine.

“The technologies that we’ll develop and prototype during this facility will generate electrical power from your wide range of low carbon fuels and renewable resources.

“We are engaged with Innovate UK using a project in order to show a modular Free-Piston Gas Expander (FPGE) prototype for subtle distributed heat-to-power applications using heat from biomass boilers.

“Our technologies are also helping certainly one of Asia’s most prestigious international universities, the Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) in Malaysia, backed up by the PETRONAS oil and gas company, to produce power generator solutions for rural electrification using agricultural waste items.

“It would be a clear-cut decision to look for on the Sheffield Rotherham border, a place that have an abundance of advanced technology based businesses as well as a skilled labour market which is crucial to get more recruitment and growth of the company.

“We have doubled our workforce up to now eighteen months and may potentially double it again in the next Year.”

Libertine employs eight people within the Vantage Park site and recently appointed Dr Lee Juby since its business development director.

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