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CPI is actively engaged in helping a number of private and public sector partners demonstrate energy efficient, second generation biofuels made from waste streams and other sustainable feed stocks such as algae, which can be produced without negatively affecting food supplies or using fresh water and arable land resources. It is possible for these sustainable alternative fuels to be integrated into the existing supply chain by blending with current fuels, without the need for large scale infrastructure reform.
The adoption of biofuels offers the automotive industry a real opportunity to reduce its carbon footprint and dependency on fossil fuels, whilst offsetting the commercial risks associated with oil price fluctuations and security of supply. Through working with CPI companies can de-risk development or adoption of biofuels, to better understand how a new product or process would perform commercially before market deployment.
Innovations in third generation photovoltaic technologies will enable the generation of energy from sunlight via solar panels that are thin, lightweight and flexible. CPI is collaborating with some of the country’s leading companies with expertise in this area, to help commercialise these emerging photovoltaic technologies. The incorporation of lightweight flexible solar panels into the body of vehicles is forecast within the none too distant future.