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£9.4m for power electronics research at Nottingham

  • Author:Ella Cai
  • Release on:2017-07-13
The University of Nottingham has been awarded £9.4 million by the Higher Education Funding Council for England through the UK Research Partnership Investment Fund (UKRPIF).

The money will go towards to the development of the University’s new ‘Research and innovation centre for power electronics and machines’. 

“The centre will play a role in developing the next generation of high power density and low-loss electrical machines that are able to drive the propulsion systems of the future,” said Professor of power electronics Patrick Wheeler. “In addition, we will address the demand for power electronics and electrical machines, smart electricity networks and increase the efficiency of industrial processes.” 

It will also address perceived skills shortages, including developing two higher level skills programmes to support the research base and industry at large, along with contributing to collaborative research with industrial partners. 

UKRPIF provides funding for capital projects that can attract significant investment from private partners – this is one of nine projects announced as part of the current round of UKRPIF funding. 

HEFCE director of research David Sweeney said: “I am delighted that we are able to support these nine projects that will deliver high class facilities and world leading research, enabling UK universities to continue to tackle major national and global challenges, and make a significant contribution to economic growth.” 

Beacons of Excellence 
The University of Nottingham recently announced a planned £200m investment into research, including recruiting recruitment of 100 research fellows and launching six ‘beacons of excellence’: 

Rights Lab – finding solutions to end modern-day slavery by 2030
Future Food – addressing the challenges of feeding a growing population
Precision Imaging – Nottingham is the birthplace of Medical Resonance Imaging (MRI) and the University is developing personalised therapies to transform lives
Propulsion Futures – developing materials for greener and more electric transport
Green Chemicals – reducing our reliance on fossil fuels
Smart Industrial Systems – developing products and systems for a sustainable future 

The power electronics research centre will bolster the ‘propulsion futures’ beacon of excellence.