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How we can help

How we can help

How we can help

We represent and deliver on the needs of the UK Power Electronics, Machines and Drives (PEMD) supply chain and community. This supports growth in UK supply chain capability, capacity and competitiveness and growing exports, as well as promoting this capability overseas.

Helping your business

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The regional DER-ICs are hubs for collaborative networks between companies, academia, and RTOs. These networks:

  • Lever national and regional capabilities and funding

  • Develop manufacturing process technologies

  • Industrialise processes for PEMD scale up

  • Develop PEMD supply chain partnerships

The DER-ICs are open for industry-led activity that develops the UK PEMD supply chain. 

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To provide this support, we have created four industrialisation centres across the UK.  

We can help you

Reduce your capital costs and access over £300m of equipment for developing, testing and manufacturing products: ​​

  • Connect with partners in the PEMD supply chain and create new opportunities

  • Access regional and devolved funding 

  • Promote training and skills activities, from vocational to postgraduate

  • Reduce risk by sharing manufacturing process expertise, technical advice, and facilities

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#DRIVINGELECTRICREVOLUTION

Where are the Industrialisation Centres?

By contacting any of our centres we will connect you to the right expertise in the Driving the Electric Revolution network. Each centre has a unique set of new equipment installed to help speed up the electric revolution across all industries including aerospace, energy, industrial, and rail.

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Led by Newcastle University from the Innovations Centre in Sunderland. The equipment will include:

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Led by the University of Strathclyde

and anchoring innovative power systems and manufacturing capability across NMIS and PNDC. The equipment will enable:

Power Electronics Assembly Line – automated and reconfigurable prototyping and scale-up line for semi or fully integrated high-power density drives including surface mount, through hole and drive final assembly.

 

Flexible electric machines assembly line – automated and reconfigurable prototyping and scale-up cells which includes stator assembly, rotor assembly, chemical dispensing, automated machine assembly line and high-performance end of line testing.

Based at the Innovation Centre in Sunderland

Innovative propulsion and powertrain systems validation capability at MW 

scale with representative, industry-scale power hardware in the loop 

infrastructure applicable for the energy, marine, aerospace, rail and off-highway sectors.

Based at Strathclyde University

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Led by WMG at the University of Warwick and based in the PEMC centre at the University of Nottingham. The equipment includes:

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Led by the Compound Semiconductor Applications Catapult from the Innovation Centre in Newport. The equipment includes: 

A High Frequency Coil Manufacturing and Magnetic Test Characterisation capability to develop and manufacture electrical Machines to operate at higher frequencies.

Based at the University of Nottingham PEMC Centre

A Wide Bandgap Power Electronics Component Industrial Pilot Line - first phase of plan to create a sovereign WBG PE supply chain.

Based at Swansea University

A Power Electronics reliability and failure analysis facility focussing on improving reliability and robustness.

 

Based at the University of Warwick

A production line to for recycled sintered magnets with ‘end to end’ supply chain to enable UK supply of recycled rare earth magnets from processed oxides for more secure UK supply. 

Based at the University of Birmingham

A Winding Centre of Excellence facility for UK supply chain companies to manufacture discrete hairpin Machines to production quality.

Based at WMG at the University of Warwick

A facility to prototype ceramic and copper elements and sub-assemblies within highly integrated PE modules.

Based in the Compound Semiconductor Applications Catapult 

These centres confirm the UK government’s commitment to investing in PEMD and filling both gaps in the current supply chain and creating future supply chains in both the high and low volume PEMD.

How do I access a DER-IC?

Get in touch with any of us. We'll work to understand your interest in PEMD and help make suggestions for next steps.

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Skills are critical to the growth of the UK PEMD supply chain 

The DER-ICs are one part of the strategy to grow the PEMD supply chain.

We recognise that re-skilling and up-skilling of the existing workforce, and encouraging new entrants, are all required to overcome the shortage of engineers, technicians and leaders that could prevent the PEMD sector growing.

We aim to work with industry and other stakeholders to address the skills shortage for the sector.

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And we're moving at a pace:

  • Investing over £28m in state of the art equipment for industrial partners to accelerate capability, capacity and competitiveness in PEMD technologies

  • Supporting UK transition from ICE to electrification
     

  • Delivering long term industrial growth
     

  • Driving Clean Growth and Future of Mobility Grand Challenges

  • Developing UK supply chain essential to achieving the UK Government Net Zero carbon 2050 climate commitments

 

  • Supporting the Government’s Green Recovery objectives

 

  • Supporting UK academic leadership

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Join the Revolution

If you can help grow UK PEMD, we want to work with you. And we want to connect you to others who can support your innovation and growth.

“In September, the 100% electric Nissan LEAF hit 500,000 sales globally and was built in Sunderland. The development of a competitive supply chain is critical to this growing sector, which is why we welcome this funding for the Driving the Electric Revolution Industrialisation Centres, including one in the North East.”

Alan Johnson, Nissan Vice President for Manufacturing in the UK