University of Nottingham engineers to deliver commercial services following launch of independent business unit

Monday, 10 October 2022

The University of Nottingham has become the first UK institution to create an independent business unit for the industrialisation of electrical motors and drive systems that will deliver commercial services to companies across the world.

Nottingham Drive Specialist Services (NDSS), provides bespoke development, manufacturing and testing of electrical motors and drives to support the industrialisation of power electronic converters, electrical machines and drives.

Based at the recently opened Power Electronics and Machines Centre (PEMC), NDSS offers businesses a unique service that spans the entire life cycle of a project – from design through to manufacture and testing – as well as access to more than £20 million of state-of-the-art equipment.

Headshot Hitendra Hirani (1)
I have always been excited by the university’s pioneering spirit to do things that really make a difference to the world.
Hitendra Hirani, Sales Director and General Manager of the DER-IC Programme at the University of Nottingham

Hitendra continued: "Over the past 25 years, we have built up a store of intellectual property on this incredibly difficult subject area and making this easily accessible and available for companies to benefit from is a key part of what we are doing to support the drive towards electrification and developing the UK supply chain."

The service has been funded by multiple sources, including Research England, Getting Building Fund, D2N2, the Wolfson Foundation and the Driving the Electric Revolution Industrialisation Centre (DER-IC).

This initiative is really about breaking down the barriers to engaging with the university and making our facilities and knowledge available for societal benefit. It is also one of the first steps we are taking on our net zero strategy to deliver an environmentally sustainable solution for society.
Professor Chris Gerada, Professor of Electrical Machines and Lead for University Research and Innovation Initiatives

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For more information about Nottingham Drive Specialist Services, please visit:

More information is available from Dr Hitendra Hirani, in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Nottingham at or; Danielle Hall, Media Relations Manager for the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Nottingham, at or 0115 8467156.

Danielle Hall - Media Relations Manager - Faculty of Engineering
Phone: 0115 846 7156

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Ranked 32 in Europe and 16th in the UK by the QS World University Rankings: Europe 2024, the University of Nottingham is a founding member of the Russell Group of research-intensive universities. Studying at the University of Nottingham is a life-changing experience, and we pride ourselves on unlocking the potential of our students. We have a pioneering spirit, expressed in the vision of our founder Sir Jesse Boot, which has seen us lead the way in establishing campuses in China and Malaysia - part of a globally connected network of education, research and industrial engagement.

Nottingham was crowned Sports University of the Year by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024 – the third time it has been given the honour since 2018 – and by the Daily Mail University Guide 2024.

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