Accelerating the UK’s electric revolution

Twenty-one projects across the UK will receive a share of £5.75m in Government funding to kickstart the UK’s green industrial revolution and build capability in the UK supply chain for the manufacture of Power Electronics, Machines and Drives (PEMD).

The projects, involving innovative start-ups and universities will receive funding from the Driving the Electric Revolution challenge. Investment into the PEMD supply chain is vital to making sure that the UK reaches net-zero, as some or all these technologies can be found in every electrical item, from mobile phones to hairdryers and the motors in electric vehicles and trains.

Spread across the UK from Wales to Scotland and the South West to the North East of England these projects will last up to nine months and include a project to develop electric hub motors for farm vehicles and an electric propulsion system with no external propeller blades for use in marine vessels.

Andrew Hine, commercial director of GreenSpurWind, part of a project looking at developing a new generator for the offshore wind market said “The funding from Driving the Electric Revolution will enable us to work with Warwick Manufacturing Group and key members of a growing UK wind supply chain, to design and develop advanced manufacturing processes. We have developed a highly innovative, rare earth free, permanent magnet generator that will deliver significant cost savings to the offshore wind market. This funding is a critical step in the development of our technology, as it will enable us to demonstrate the capability of the UK supply chain to co-development partners.”

The Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund aims to bring together the UK’s world leading research with business. The fund was created to provide funding and support to UK businesses and researchers, part of the government’s £4.7bn increase in research and development over the next 4 years. It was designed to ensure that research and innovation takes centre stage in the Government’s modern Industrial Strategy. It is run by UK Research and Innovation.

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