New research hub to put UK at the forefront of electrical revolution

Yesterday (Wednesday 12 June 2019) we celebrated the launch of our new Future Electrical Machines Manufacturing Hub.

The new hub aims to put UK manufacturing at the forefront of the electrification revolution in the aerospace, energy, high value automotive and premium consumer sectors, supporting the global shift towards cleaner growth and more resource efficient economies.

The Faculty of Engineering and AMRC will lead the team, working with academics at Newcastle University and the University of Strathclyde’s Advanced Forming Research Centre. Researchers will work closely with industry to address key manufacturing challenges in the production of high integrity and high value electrical machines.

Our President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Koen Lamberts, joined leading academics and industry figures from Rolls-Royce, Airbus, Siemens-Gamesa, GKN Aerospace and funding partners at the launch event held at Factory 2050.

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Professor Geraint Jewell from our Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering is Director of the new hub. He said: “We have recently been named the number one university in the UK for income and investment in engineering research which positions us as a global leader. This new hub exemplifies this in action – we are bringing together world-leading researchers with industry to deliver real impact in the manufacture of electrical machines.

We have recently been named the number one university in the UK for income and investment in engineering research which positions us as a global leader. This new hub exemplifies this in action.

Professor Geraint Jewell

“The hub will not only address the key manufacturing challenges mentioned but also assist UK manufacturing to capture significant value in the supply chain, improve productivity and deliver the cleaner growth at the heart of the UK’s industrial strategy.”

The hub has received £28m of investment, underpinned by a £10m award from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), and funding from industrial partners including Rolls Royce, Airbus, Siemens Gamesa, GKN Aerospace, McLaren and Dyson and the University partners.

This new research hub is an example of why we’re one of the UK’s leading universities for energy-related research. We have recently launched our research flagships including the Energy Institute which is exploring low-carbon solutions to the world's biggest energy challenges.

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