The University of Nottingham has been selected to host the Power Electronics ‘Spoke’ for the UK’s Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC).
The Advanced Propulsion Centre is a government-industry initiative established by BIS and the Automotive Council, as the delivery mechanism for a joint industry and government strategy. Its aim is to help the UK strengthen its position in advanced propulsion systems development and production.
Power Electronics has been identified as a key strategic technology for the automotive industry, and the interests of this sector will be represented through a Power Electronics Spoke. The University of Nottingham and APC have signed a Memorandum of Understanding in order to construct a mutually beneficial relationship that fulfils both the aims of the APC and the aspirations of the University.
The Advanced Propulsion Centre operates on a ‘Hub and Spoke’ model with the Hub team working with a number of Spokes across the UK to deliver support to industry for low carbon propulsion system projects, R&D, skills and process development and associated activities wherever it is needed.
The Spokes, which will include The University of Nottingham for Power Electronics, will be the focus for communities with a common interest in a specific technology, bringing functional, technological and regional capability to the APC network to deliver the vision of a Propulsion Nation.
Power electronics is a vital technology to underpin the Low Carbon Economy. It is essential in all future sustainable energy scenarios as it is the only technology that can deliver efficient and flexible conversion and conditioning of electrical energy.
With over 120 active researchers, The University of Nottingham’s Power Electronics, Machines and Control (PEMC) research group is one of the largest groups in the field and also hosts the hub of the EPSRC National Centre for Power Electronics.
The Spoke will help to identify significant challenges that the UK research community and industry will need to address as well as areas of investment necessary to ensure that the community has open access to world class facilities.
Professor Andy Long, Dean of Engineering and Professor of Mechanics of Materials, Faculty of Engineering, said: “We are very excited that APC have chosen The University of Nottingham to host the Power Electronics Spoke. It is an opportunity to share our internationally renowned world-class expertise and research, spanning all key power electronic disciplines. The collaboration will further our work towards low carbon propulsion development and production.”
For more information about the work of Power Electronics, Machines and Control Group at The University of Nottingham, visit:http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/research/groups/power-electronics-machines-and-control-group/index.asp
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