With around 80% of research funds related to or directly from industry, aerospace applications make up the largest proportion of research, for example on high power density motors and power electronics. And the group is leading the development of electrification standards as well as technology roadmaps for zero-emissions flight for regional aircraft. The new facility will now enable researchers to put their technology through rigorous test regimes and work with industry from automotive, rail, marine and aerospace to realise the products of the future.
The building is also home to the Government-funded Driving the Electric Revolution Industrialisation Centre - Midlands, which is developing innovative technology and manufacturing processes for advanced electrical machines and drives to support the UK’s net zero ambitions, and houses the 20MW UK Electrification of Aerospace Propulsion Facility, which offers industry testing at a scale unrivalled by any other research centre in the world.
The facility is funded by UK Research Partnership Investment Fund, Wolfson Foundation, DER, D2N2 and industry partners.