The University of Manchester

Location: Midlands


The eTransport research area at The University of Manchester (UoM) is concerned with the electrification of land, air and sea transport. It includes the propulsion and auxiliary systems, onboard electrical energy storage, high-voltage power networks, control systems, charging systems and the interaction with the fixed electricity network. All technologies will make a strong contribution towards achieving the 2050 zero carbon target.

eTransport at UoM is focused on developing solutions that lead to more efficient, higher power density and lower emission systems. These goals will be achieved through the use of advanced materials, improved manufacturing processes and the development of new analytical methods.

Key strengths and unique capabilities

  • Power electronics enabled electrical systems
  • High-power AC and DC/DC converters
  • High-power energy storage and management
  • New battery technologies and interface development
  • Characterisation and development of new switching technologies
  • Integrated energy storage for grid and renewables.
  • Machine design and modelling 
  • High speed, high temperature machines 
  • Cryogenic and superconducting machines 
  • Condition monitoring and reliability of machine drive systems 
  • High voltage and environmental testing of machines 

Electromagnetic modelling (2D/3D, multiphysics) and characterisation.

Electromagnetic modelling and environmental testing. 

Environmental and high voltage testing and characterisation. 

  • Advanced control techniques for electrical drives
  • Control of integrated drives
  • Integrated machines, power electronics and control for renewables and transport

Efficient electro-mechanical power conversion using electrical machine drives is essential to renewables, industrial processes and low-carbon transport. The University of Manchester’s research is focused on delivering high torque-density machines and high efficiency machines.


A full representative aerospace electrical system test facility rated at 100 kW, 540V (+/- 270V DC) with twin shaft electrical generation, 100 kW active/passive dynamic programmable loads and ultra-capacitor energy storage.

State-of-the-art high voltage test labs with test equipment available at a range of temperatures, pressures and humidities, with voltages well in excess of those used in existing transport systems.

Cryogenic systems for superconducting and low temperature power electronics work. Test facilities capable of operating down to 20K for electromagnetics, machines and power electronics.

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