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EPSRC National Centre of Excellence for Power Electronics

A new national research centre is to be led by academics at the University of Nottingham

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The EPSRC National Centre of Excellence for Power Electronics will have its coordinating hub at Nottingham, led by Professor Mark Johnson in the University’s Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, but will also involve researchers at the universities of Manchester, Newcastle, Cambridge, Greenwich, Bristol, Sheffield, Strathclyde, Warwick and Imperial College London.

The centre will also be working closely with industrial partners to stimulate knowledge transfer and to take new components and devices from the lab to the marketplace.

Investment in the centre comes from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) which is awarding £18 million as a series of grants, each involving multiple partner universities.

A total of around £5 million will be coming to Nottingham in capital equipment funding, in recognition of its leadership of the hub and to fund its research activities in three out of the four technical programmes associated with the centre — Components, Converte.

Welcoming the opening of the Centre, Minister for Universities and Science, David Willetts, said: “We have a leading power electronics industry in the UK, but we need to keep investing in research to ensure it remains globally competitive. This National Centre will bring together our excellent universities and businesses to ensure industry has access to the latest science and technology, as well as helping to maintain a supply of skilled peoplers and Drives.

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