Electric propulsion requires the tight integration of power electronics with electric motors. To make such electric drives commercially viable, their cost must be halved and their size and weight reduced by up to 500%. Through PhD research and industrial partnership, we aim to develop radical new solutions to:
- cut the cost of electric propulsion by 50% ($8/kW)
- increase power density by 500% (25kW/l)
A Beacon of Industrial Partnership
Over six years, discussions with relevant Government departments and leading industrial partners have identified strategic skills shortages in the automotive and aerospace industries.
We aim to address this strategic need to fill the UK's skill shortages industry through a diverse and inclusive workforce.
This CDT is fully supported by over 20 industrial partners and 7 networks.
Leading the way
Photograph acknowledgements: University of Nottingham EBike Race Team
We will produce power electronics and electric drives specialists with industrial experience who are equipped with the key skills that are essential to meet the future electric propulsion challenges.
Our graduates will:
- be highly employable due to their training being embedded in industrial challenges
- have the potential to become future leaders through parallel entrepreneurial and business acumen training
- drive the UK forward in electric propulsion development and manufacturing
- become ambassadors for cross-disciplinary thinking in electric propulsion and mentors to their colleagues
With its strong industrial partnership, this CDT is ideally placed to produce high impact research papers, patents and spin-outs.