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Driving the Electric Revolution – Newcastle University

Newcastle University is leading a national programme where companies will benefit from a £28.5m investment into cutting-edge equipment to help them achieve the UK’s net zero ambitions.

Investment from Driving the Electric Revolution, at UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), is providing a critical financial boost to nine facilities located across the UK. 

The £28.5m investment in new equipment, which will be operational later this year, builds on existing capability and fills gaps in the UK’s current capability. 

The investment will enable a competitive electrification supply chain to be built across a variety of sectors, including industrial, transport and energy.

The new equipment consists of:

  • Assembly lines for power electronics and electrical machines at the North East Innovation Centre, Sunderland.
  • A high power integrated electrical propulsion and powertrain accelerator at the Power Networks Demonstration Centre, University of Strathclyde.
  • A high frequency coil manufacturing and magnetic test facility at the University of Nottingham.
  • A power electronics reliability and failure analysis facility and an electrical machines winding centre of excellence at the University of Warwick.
  • A wide band gap power electronics component industrial pilot line at Swansea University.
  • A production line for recycled sintered magnets at the University of Birmingham.
  • A prototype facility for ceramic and copper elements and subassemblies for integrated modules at the Compound Semiconductor Applications Catapult in Newport.

Led by Newcastle University, this investment will play a vital role in bringing together a UK-wide network of more than 30 academic, research and technology organizations.

We encourage our partners and supporters to share their examples of good practice in tackling the climate emergency, reversing ecological collapse and delivering a just transition. NEECCo does not undertake to quality assure these case studies, and inclusion of a case study on this website does not imply endorsement of the project by NEECCo or by its partners.

Some case studies will feature organisations who are involved in fossil fuel industries, or who are open to challenge on other aspects of their performance in relation to our objectives. NEECCo recognises that if we are to reach our ambitious objectives, all organisations and individuals within the north east will need to adapt their behaviour and actions. We want our case studies to encourage this process. Our commitment to achieving a just transition from a carbon-based economy to a green economy requires us to encourage positive steps wherever they are to be found. 

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