The research laboratories at Rouen (UMR CNRS CORIA) and Brighton have been collaborating for over eight years to improve the fundamental understanding of complex combustion processes and their optimisation, in particular those that apply to internal combustion engines. The complementarity of objectives, knowledge and facilities on either side of the Channel, and the successful completion of several joint INTERREG projects, mean that it is now possible to formalise a more structured and visible framework for further joint research on energy and efficient combustion systems.
The partners successfully conducted the INTERREG II project 'The Intelligent Engine' and then the INTERREG III projects 'The Intelligent Engine II' and 'Les Sprays'. These initial research projects have allowed the teams in Rouen and Brighton to identify a range of shared objectives and complementary research environments, which led to a proposal for the creation of a research centre "without borders" for studies into low carbon combustion systems. This new research centre will benefit from strong links with the French MOV’EO automotive cluster and the British automotive consultant Ricardo UK.
This project is co-financed by the EU via ERDF as part of the INTERREG IVa France (Channel) – England programme
The main objective of the project is to establish a cross-channel centre of excellence for low carbon combustion. The purpose of this centre will be to improve the fundamental understanding of combustion processes by developing novel diagnostic techniques and methodologies optimised for renewable fuels used in transport and industry. The research activities will be dedicated to improving fuel efficiency, reducing pollutant emissions and greenhouse gases.
CORIA (CNRS, France)
University of Rouen (France)
INSA Rouen (France)
Total Interreg IV grant value: €3 million for three years (January 2009 - December 2011)
SHRL funding from Interreg III: £405,140