A new £40 million research facility that will drive forward advances in powerful, clean electrification technology and pave the way towards a new generation of low-carbon, sustainable electric vehicles, power and propulsion is to be unveiled by the University of Nottingham.
The state-of-the-art Power Electronics and Machines Centre (PEMC) on the university’s Jubilee Campus will be officially opened by the university’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Shearer West, on Wednesday 29 June.
The PEMC offers purpose-built laboratories for the Power Electronics, Machines and Control research group, the largest such group of researchers in the world, and sits at the heart of the university’s commitment to establishing Nottingham and the East Midlands as a hub for the translation of net zero technologies from research bench to real world solutions.
The building is also home to the Government-funded Driving the Electric Revolution Industrialisation Centre – Midlands, which is developing innovative technology and manufacturing processes for advanced electrical machines and drives to support the UK’s net zero ambitions, and houses the 20MW UK Electrification of Aerospace Propulsion Facility, which offers industry testing at a scale unrivalled by any other research centre in the world.
The facility is funded by UK Research Partnership Investment Fund, Wolfson Foundation, DER, D2N2 and industry partners.
Professor Sam Kingman, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Faculty of Engineering, said: “The creation of our new Power Electronics and Machines Centre is truly game-changing when it comes to the future of transportation electrification, including the aviation and automotive sectors.
“Our 20 megawatt UK Electrification of Aerospace Propulsion Facility (UKEAPF), which sits within it, allows us to test electrical propulsion systems powerful enough for regional and medium-haul aircraft. No other research institute in the world can offer this to the emerging electric transport propulsion industry.”