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Trevor Jackson is a Mechanical Engineer and has spent most of his 29 year career in design and development of new technology.
Trevor was sponsored by Rolls Royce & Associates Limited (the submarine nuclear reactor segment of the R-R business) and started his professional training, after graduating with a B.Sc.(hons) in Mechanical Engineering from Sunderland Polytechnic, in the Mechanical Development Department at RR&A, Derby. This was a very influential time in Trevor's formation as he was faced with solving complex engineering problems in difficult situations, often underwater and in a radiation field, which drove the need for reliable solutions that had to work first time.
long-term interest in the Royal Navy, Trevor passed the Admiralty Interview Board and was commissioned Lieutenant in 1988. Five years later, having served in both surface ships and ballistic missile submarines as an Engineer Officer and gaining a Post Graduate Diploma in Nuclear Reactor Technology, Trevor rejoined the defence industry at British Aerospace in Glasgow with notable contributions to the design of Swiftsure, Trafalgar, Vanguard and Astute Class submarine systems.
During 1997-9 he became closely involved in technical and policy issues surrounding the MoD's study programme in nonnuclear submarine propulsion which culminated in a review of all available battery and fuel cell technologies.
In 1999 Trevor moved into independent consultancy work and also pursued his interest in fuel cell and battery technologies. Setting up a small private laboratory in Cornwall in 2001, Trevor conducted research and development work on metal air batteries, including the use of aluminium as an anode. In 2004 this resulted in the development of a unique electrolyte which allowed ordinary aluminium to produce high power whilst, at the same time, overcoming the key problems normally associated with this type of battery.
Following a meeting with Invest in France Agency in London, Trevor relocated his family and laboratory to Argenton-sur Creuse, Indre, France and, in addition to making a personal investment, he received significant local and regional financial support to the formation of Metalectrique SAS; a French battery R&D company. At Metalectrique SAS, Trevor led a small team of engineers in conjunction with support from Michel Sapin, Nantes Polytechnic and ENSAIT (Roubaix) to develop battery technologies which could make the best use of the special electrolyte, which was also tested and validated at Nantes.
After contact from UKTI (Pera) and the British Embassy in Paris, Trevor decided to move the battery work back to UK where commercialisation would be easier to achieve. In October 2008 Trevor moved his family and business back into the South West, and received an initial tranche of investment to develop a unique battery for charging mobile phones from a used aluminium beverage can. The 'iCan' is now in two different product prototypes with one on course to be ready for production in 2013. In parallel with this, Trevor collaborated with Gevco & MIRA on a battery design for a small electric vehicle (iMav) which could offer an affordable long-range battery capable of more than 600 miles. This was peer-reviewed and endorsed by UKTI scientific advisors.
In 2011 Trevor received a special 'Green Light' letter from the UKTI which recognised the aluminium-air advanced technology as having 'exceptional global potential'. UKTI committed to supporting the global growth of this technology and have brokered strategic links with key automotive companies who are keen to develop the technology for on-road use as an alternative to current petrol/diesel powered cars.
Metalectrique Automotive is using peer-reviewed in-house IP to produce an integrated long range EV battery pack suitable for the Leaf which will provide 500 mile range and cost less than UK petrol per mile. The battery cost is about a fifth of the Leaf LiON pack.
Our technology is CO2-free.
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