£37 million boost for cleaner technology

Date posted: March 17, 2020

A targeted Government investment of £37 million will help design, test and manufacture electric machines in some of the UK’s most polluting industries. Four new cutting-edge centres of excellence are being created, the great news for the Midlands is that one of these will be based in Nottingham. Here, climate change pioneers will research and develop green electric machines and cleaner technology including planes, ships and cars.

A £37 million Government investment will help to design, test and manufacture electric machines in some of the UK’s most polluting industries. Of this, £30 million will be used to create four new, cutting-edge centres of excellence, one of which will be based in Nottingham. Together with its counterparts in Newport, Strathclyde and Sunderland, climate change pioneers will research and develop green electric machines including planes, ships and cars.

Using state-of-the-art equipment, the network will specialise in researching and developing technologies to electrify transport. Each centre will propel UK manufacturing to the forefront of global efforts to tackle climate change and ensure the UK can reach net zero emissions by 2050. A further £6.7 million will be awarded to 14 projects that will help ensure the final buyer in supply chains – such as large automotive manufacturers – can access the parts and components they need to develop electric machines with ease. This is further good news for our region, as many of these projects have connections with the Midlands.

This investment will have applications for electric vehicles, as well as other industries including rail, marine, aerospace and energy – all with the aim of switching away from fossil fuel technologies.

Business Secretary and COP26 President Alok Sharma said:

The electric revolution is an opportunity for our transport sectors to reduce the dependence on fossil fuels. The UK is leading the way in developing cleaner technologies to help us reach our target of zero emissions by 2050 and these new centres will play an important part in that.

The £30 million industrialisation centres will provide a home for virtual product development, digital manufacturing and advanced assembly techniques, that could drive world-leading improvements in the testing and manufacturing of electric machines. This includes power electronics, electric machines, cleaner technology and drives – all of which are crucial to controlling electricity in electric vehicles and ultimately to their widespread rollout on our streets.

More than 30 partner research and technology organisations will be a part of the industrialisation centres. The network will be headed up by lead partner Newcastle University, along with 21 other universities from around the UK, plus 13 research and technology organisations – and will be essential in attracting both foreign direct investment and new, innovative entrants into this space.


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