The University of Nottingham has been awarded a share of the £28.5m award by Driving the Electric Revolution, part of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), to invest in new equipment to support innovative manufacturing processes for advanced electrical machines and drives which will support the UK’s net zero ambitions.
The award encompasses advanced electrical machines’ coil winding manufacturing equipment and extensive magnetic material characterisation equipment which will allow for the development of high power density electrical machines and drives for electrified transportation and energy efficient industrial applications.
The equipment will be hosted within the new Power Electronics and Electrical Machines Centre at the University of Nottingham which has been selected to host the Midlands Driving the Electric Revolution Industrialisation Centre.
The state of the art building will also host the UK Electrification of Aerospace Propulsion Facility providing industry and academic partners with a comprehensive end-to-end facility for the manufacturing and testing of technologies towards electrification to deliver the UK Government’s targets towards a net zero carbon economy.
Chris Gerada, Professor of Electrical Machines at the University of Nottingham, said: “We are extremely happy to have been awarded this grant from UKRI. The advanced manufacturing equipment will exploit the University’s expertise in Power Electronics and Electrical Machines by working closely with industrial partners to develop the next generation of Power Electronics, Machines and Drives (PEMD) products, helping to deliver the UK net zero commitments. The investment will also reinforce the UK’s and the Midlands’ effort to capitalise on the significant PEMD market opportunity.”
Professor Dame Jessica Corner, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research & Knowledge Exchange) at the University of Nottingham, said: “This equipment grant will enhance a critical mass of electrical machines and power electronics research while addressing key industry challenges. It will also reinforce the UK’s standing as a world leader in electrical machines and power electronics and will deliver exploitable new technologies that will strengthen our global competitiveness.”