Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric London Taxis Lead the Way Towards Cleaner Air for London - Now, That's Intelligent!

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Intelligent Energy Ltd

The Company

Intelligent Energy is a leading power technology company with a globally scalable business, commercialising its proprietary fuel cell technologies with business partners across the motive, stationary power and consumer electronics sectors.

Their achievements include the world’s first manned fuel cell aircraft, in collaboration with Boeing; the world's first purpose built fuel cell motorbike, the first fuel cell vehicle to achieve whole vehicle type approval and most recently the formation of a joint venture company in Japan with the Suzuki Motor Corporation, to develop and manufacture fuel cell systems for a variety of industry sectors.

Intelligent Energy Ltd has been judged, by The Guardian's  “CleanTech 100”, to be one of Europe’s leading private companies, which is actually making a beneficial environmental impact. It is no surprise therefore, that as part of the European Union's Hytec programme, they are part of the consortium introducing Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Taxis onto London's roads in the summer of 2012. This will help significantly in making the capital a leader in the deployment of fuel cell vehicles and in the implementation of hydrogen transport refuelling infrastructure, leading ultimately to reduced carbon emissions and cleaner air for London!
 
The design work for these projects has been carried out using SOLIDWORKS software. Simon Nicholas, Design Manager for Intelligent Energy, says, “The business has grown using SOLIDWORKS and the 3D capability enhances the work through better visualisation for our designers and customers.” Simon adds, “What increasingly benefits us is the demonstrated flexibility of SOLIDWORKS.”

Intelligent Energy Ltd now operates 26 SOLIDWORKS  Office Professional seats, with maintenance for these coming from NT CADCAM Ltd, due to their competitive and proven support package. 
Simon comments, “We are most likely to require assistance when installing new programmes, or a revision update. So, we simply log a call, and within 30 minutes we have a member of NT CADCAM’s support team competently guiding us through the solution we require. The service is excellent!”

SOLIDWORKS add-ins are utilised by Intelligent Energy’s engineers, such as COSMOS for structural design of the fuel cells and PhotoWorks for illustration of the fuel cell system with the drive mechanism of the vehicle or plane to be powered, for example.
Simon states, “Intelligent Energy have been able to shorten design concept & detail modelling lead times because we can check interfaces of components within the digital model. 3D technology makes so many tasks simpler, faster and more precise.”

Another example of improved working methods can be found in the ease and speed of communication with contracted machine shops. Extensive drafting of manufacturing drawings has become almost obsolete, now that eDrawings Professional and 3D models can be adopted straight into the machine shop CAM systems.

As the demand for Intelligent Energy expertise continues to grow rapidly, Simon adds, “We are looking at enrolling new employees on NT CADCAM’S training courses and utilising more of the SOLIDWORKS capabilities for greater design and system control.”

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Results

  • Enhanced work through better visualisation for both designers and customers
  • Increased benefit from demonstrated flexibility of SOLIDWORKS
  • Shortened design concept and detail modelling lead times
  • 3D technology makes many tasks simpler, faster and more precise
  • Improved working methods in the ease and speed of communication with contracted machine shops.
  • Extensive drafting of manufacturing drawings has become almost obsolete.
“We are most likely to require assistance when installing new programmes, or a revision update. So, we simply log a call, and within 30 minutes we have a member of NT CADCAM’s support team competently guiding us through the solution we require. The service is excellent!”
Simon Nicholas
Design Manager