About:Energy, a world-leader in battery development software is launching ‘Formula Student: Drive to Recharge’, a new initiative to help address the UK’s battery skills gap and support the development of 1,500 battery engineers by 2030. The initiative will also be expanded globally – highlighting About:Energy’s commitment to optimise battery technology and accelerate the world’s transition to electrification.
As part of the initiative, About:Energy has sponsored five Formula Student teams in the UK, including those from Imperial College London and University of Birmingham. About:Energy will provide each with cutting-edge simulation tools and education resources to enhance battery pack design, driving engineering innovation in battery development in motorsports and the wider industry
Formula Student is one of Europe’s most established educational engineering competitions which uses motorsport to inspire students. Run by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (iMechE), teams worldwide design, build, test, and race small-scale formula-style racing cars, powered by petrol engines or electric motors. However, with recent EV technology advancements, many teams are now switching to fully electric.
About:Energy has a close history with Formula Student with several of its employees previously participating in the programme including Gavin White, CEO of About:Energy, who was Team Leader of Queen’s Formula Student team which placed as the fourth best UK team in 2018.
“Formula student is an incredible competition in which students get to apply skills learnt through school and university to a high-performance project,” said White. “I thoroughly enjoyed my time leading the team at Queen’s in Belfast and it was there I learnt many of the professional skills which I now use every day as a founder/CEO. We are committed to giving back by providing the tools to enable the next generation of battery engineers.”
Battery simulation has significant value in accelerating electric drivetrain development for Formula Student teams, but initial adoption into development programmes is a barrier to entry that requires innovative lab facilities and months of battery testing.