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Science Park supports conservation area

Tue 14th June 2016

Southampton Science Park, the University of Southampton and REAPsystems joined forces recently to create an electric quad bike for use by Chilworth Conservation Area’s working groups and the Science Park team.

The Science Park sponsored the project, which was carried out by a team of ten engineering students from the University of Southampton, giving them experience of a real-life project, real client interactions and real deadlines. The battery systems were provided by REAPsystems who specialise in innovative battery technology and propulsion systems.

REAPsystems has worked on a range of projects, from underwater vehicles to America’s Cup yachts and hybrid buses, and is about to embark on a Venetian venture, with the launch of a crowdfunding campaign to pioneer drop-in hybrid engines for Venice water taxis to help preserve the UNESCO World Heritage City as part of a wider conservation project.

Peter Birkett, CEO of Southampton Science Park said: “This is a really good example of collaborative working, bringing innovative technology and some of our best local engineering minds together. We’re pleased to have played our part in making this idea a reality for the good of the local environment.”