> The Institute for Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems (IAAPS)

Moving The World From Low To Zero Impact Mobility, Faster

The Institute for Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems (IAAPS) is a world-leading centre of excellence for research, innovation, enterprise and education, supporting the future direction of the automotive industry Designed to drive research investment, deliver economic impact and address the skills shortage, IAAPS is a catalyst for sustainable economic growth

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We have spent the last 40 years in pursuit of smarter and cleaner engines, powertrains and driver technologies. Our award-winning systems-based research is acknowledged internationally. The challenges have changed over time, but we’ve innovated and shifted with the automotive industry to provide solutions that continuously adapt and align to its needs. We’ve expanded our team, facilities and expertise to support our automotive partners to develop future generations of cleaner, smarter engines, powertrains and driver technologies. At this critical stage in the evolution of the automotive industry, we’re investing and growing so we can continue to support our partners on the Road to Zero.


We will continue to innovate and adapt our offering to support the automotive industry to meet future air quality standards. Our new £70m R&I facility at the Bristol and Bath Science Park will open in 2021 and has been designed with collaboration in mind, facilitating ever more efficient innovation with companies of all sizes. In total, IAAPS will house 17 test cells to enable deep insights into the complex nature of transitioning to future ultra-low and zero-emission vehicles. The new facilities will enable research to be conducted into more and full electrification propulsion, hybrid configurations, energy storage and battery management as well as next-generation fuels and high-efficiency combustion engines. Digital engineering will play a critical role in the research taking place in the facility, which has been designed to enable the integration of both physical and virtual test assets. As the automotive industry looks to shift automotive testing and design into more virtual and simulated environments, experts at IAAPS will explore new experimental verification techniques and develop more advanced hardware-in-the-loop and driver-in-the-loop simulations.

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We take real world problems from industry and apply the best academic minds with access to state-of-the-art facilities to solve those challenges. Our approach is experimentally intensive, analytically demanding, and highly collaborative. Our team is globally recognised for our expertise and industry-focused R&I and we work inclusively and flexibly with our partners to co-create solutions and insight. By stepping back from problems to explore the challenges, we deliver quality insights and solutions to our partners.


Our core philosophy is underpinned by a system-level approach, cross cutting competencies and using individual specialisms to support customers. We work with partners on a full range of projects from short-term test programmes to long-term research collaborations. IAAPS offers industrial, academic, SME and research partners confidential world-class research expertise with a strong focus on collaborative research and support for business incubation and SME growth as well as graduate and postgraduate education & skills development. We continue to work with organisations and companies of all sizes to facilitate the knowledge transfer and innovation required to accelerate the transition to more sustainable propulsion systems.

The location of the new £70m IAAPS R&I facility at the Bristol and Bath Science Park enables us to continue to leverage the multi-disciplinary expertise and research strength available across the University of Bath whilst also connecting us in to the vibrant innovation eco-system in and around the Science Park.


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Newlands Lane, Emersons Green
Bristol, BS16 7PT

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