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About us

The Driving the Electric Revolution Industrialisation Centres project is part of the £80 million Driving Electric Revolution Challenge from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

The Driving the Electric Revolution Industrialisation Centres (DER-IC) is a UK-wide project to accelerate delivery of Power Electronics, Machines and Drives (PEMD) solutions for global market.  

Across the UK, the DER-IC partner network has world class capability in PEMD including design, manufacturing and testing facilities. The DER-IC’s encourage cross sector collaboration and drive industries to invest and collaborate with our network of excellence in academia and Research Technology Organisations, growing this capability, and promoting this both in the UK and overseas to transform the UK into a PEMD exporter.  

 

Our aim is to grow PEMD supply chains and deliver long term industrial growth. We want to make the UK globally recognised as the centre of excellence in PEMD manufacturing processes.

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A message from Will Drury, Challenge Director, Driving the Electric Revolution:

Driving the Electric Revolution is ensuring the UK has a resilient, cross sectoral supply chain for Power Electronics, Machines and Drives underpinning automotive electrification. We’ve taken significant strides strides running two dedicated competitions and COVID-19 response call resulting in over 40 live R+D projects with over 100 partners. 

The growth of the UK’s PEMD sector is dependent on the ability to leverage manufacturing of products throughout the supply chain.

Therefore, Driving the Electric Revolution has launched four industrialisation centres encompassing over 35 partners bringing world-class technology and manufacturing capability to work with industry to provide a catalyst for growth. 

 

The DER Industrialisation Centres has received funding for equipment to augment the £300m of installed facilities.

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How will the Driving the Electric Revolution Industrialisation Centres achieve this?

The Driving the Electric Revolution Industrialisation Centres support industry across multiple sectors to develop and scale-up new PEMD technologies and manufacturing processes by bringing together world-class technology and manufacturing research to provide a catalyst for growth, right through from raw material through to system integration.

The DER-IC’s are investing £28m in state-of-the-art equipment for industrial partners to accelerate their capability, capacity and competitiveness.

DER-IC's Strategic Priorities include:

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Industrial Engagement​
  • Identify gaps in the supply chains and help industry fill them

  • Facilitate co-operation and collaboration across multiple sectors

  • Accelerate production scale up 

  • DER-IC network partner engagement activities will Include;

Capability Mapping

Signposting

Consortium Building

CR&D projects

Knowledge transfer 

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Supporting Investment and Growth​
  • Encourage re-shoring and UK company investment

  • Support the development and growth of UK SME’s

  • Encourage inward investment from global PEMD leaders

 

  • Increase UK exports

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Supporting Skills activities by working with
  • Industry partners

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  • Regional and trade groups

  • Government bodies 

  • Other challenges / funded groups

  • Universities to identify the PEMD skills gap and support actions to fill them 

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“Rolls-Royce is committed to supporting pioneering projects that support our net zero carbon ambitions and will help de-carbonise aviation. We believe that the DER Industrialisation Centres, will play an important role in helping the supply chain to access both manufacturing process development and scale-up, as well as test capabilities. This will ultimately support Rolls-Royce in its development of products that will be required in the electrification of aerospace.  We are pleased to be already working collaboratively with Research and Technology Organisations (RTOs) and/or institutions in all four of the Industrialisation Centres.”

Robert Watson, Director, Rolls-Royce Electrical

DER-IC: a Project for Industry, Designed by Industry

The UK PEMD industry has shaped the DER-IC project. Hundreds of industrial organisations have contributed to the design of the project.

 

Companies of all sizes from SMEs to OEMs all believe it is vital we invest in UK PEMD manufacturing capability to maximise our potential… and the time is now.

 

DER-IC is designed to drive investment and position the UK as a world leader in PEMD.

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Join us

Sign up to our DER-IC Capability Mapping and Consortium Builder and let us know which sectors you are interested in. You will receive invitations to participate in the development of collaborative project opportunities and attend DER-IC workshops and events.