Former Minister of State for Science and Innovation, Lord Paul Drayson, visited the University last week to discover the latest engineering research into green and alternative fuel technologies.
Renewable energy has always been a key concern for Lord Drayson, who as a keen racing driver is aiming to make Drayson Racing a world-leader in green racing technology to help move the racing industry away from reliance on fossil fuels. The team is particularly interested in alternative energy such as second generation biofuels. This has included competing in a bio-ethanol powered Aston Martin Vanquish in the British GT Championship.
Lord Drayson discovered more about Aston’s role in CABLED - the UK’s largest study into long-term low carbon vehicle use, including fuel cells electric and hydrogen power cars. He also met with the Sustainable Environment Research Group and European Bioenergy Research Institute, which is working on alternative energy schemes, including new biofuels and biomass projects.
He also met with Aston’s Formula Student team and met with young entrepreneurs from the BSEEN (Birmingham Skills for Enterprise and Employability Network) scheme, which is managed by Aston, and also works with Birmingham and Birmingham City Universities. BSEEN offers graduates and students a range of support and training for business start-ups and new enterprises.
Lord Drayson is an alumnus of Aston University who studied production engineering and robotics, gaining his PhD in 1986.
Words by Alex Earnshaw