Brill Power graduates from automotive accelerator programme

We are pleased to count ourselves amongst the graduation cohort of the highly regarded Technology Developer Accelerator Programme (TDAP). The 18-month programme is administered and funded by the UK’s Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC), has enabled us to make measurable advances on our automotive Technology- and Manufacturing-Readiness Levels.

A word from the Advanced Propulsion Centre

Head of SME Programmes from the Advanced Propulsion Centre, Josh Denne said: “We are delighted to have worked with Brill power as part of our Technology Developer Accelerator Programme (TDAP) and congratulate them on their success in completing the programme. Companies such as Brill Power play a crucial role in the automotive industry’s net zero carbon future. By supporting them at the beginning of their journey we hope to ensure their innovative technology becomes commercially viable.”

What we got up to during the programme

After a crucial onboarding period, TDAP’s well-thought-out approach to accelerating low-carbon technology progressed to the phase of technology concept development, business model development, and finally, a hands-on characterization phase. In one part of the concept phase, numerous industry experts helped curate the company’s technology value proposition in a highly valuable “fresh eyes” event. At the end of each phase, we were able to successfully obtain a position in the next phase of the programme, competing with the other companies in Wave 3 of TDAP.

During the programme the technical team created a working prototype of the BrillMS (Brill Management System) which was deployed to a potential customer in e-mobility. Despite some delays due to Covid-19, the team received valuable customer feedback on the use of the BrillMS which highlighted opportunities to improve our product development process.

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Tech team conducting PFMEA in the lab

A key goal of the final phase of TDAP was to advance our product development processes in alignment with the automotive industry’s Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP) process. To achieve this, Brill Power contracted support from Productiv. Based in Coventry, Productiv is a clean engineering product development firm focused on helping small enterprises leap from prototype to commercial scale. Brill Power has now mapped out a clear pathway to APQP adoption.

As this chapter has closed, we are proud to have been a part of this programme. We have joined a network of innovative companies, brought together from across the full spectrum of low-carbon technologies who are more resolved than ever to combat climate change through advances in the automotive industry.

About the Advanced Propulsion Centre

The Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) accelerates the industrialization of technologies which will help to realize net-zero emission vehicles. It is at the heart of the UK government’s commitment to end the country’s contribution to global warming by 2050.

With its deep sector expertise and cutting-edge knowledge of new propulsion technologies, APC’s role in building and advising project consortia helps projects start more quickly and deliver more value. In the longer term, its work to drive innovation and encourage collaboration is building the foundations for a successful UK industry.

For more information go to or follow @theapcuk on Twitter and Advanced Propulsion Centre UK on LinkedIn.

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