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.