Our Vision

"Every year the UK industry needs more than 1,000 new engineers to drive the electric revolution in transport and energy.” 

Our CDT will create a new generation of UK power electronics and electric drives specialists and leaders, who will ensure that the revolution of moving away from harmful fossil fuel propulsion progresses rapidly and successfully.

Background

Over the next 20 years, the automotive and aerospace sector will undergo a fundamental revolution in propulsion technology.

The UK and France have legislated to ban new combustion powered vehicles by 2040. Germany's legislation will come into effect in 2030. Other countries will undoubtedly follow; similar legislation is expected soon in China. Hence, road transport will move away from engines powered by petrol and diesel towards electric vehicles.

In the aerospace sector, Airbus, Siemens and Rolls-Royce have announced the launch of a 100-seater hybrid-electric aircraft by 2030. This follows successful tests of two-seater electric-powered planes. Other aerospace industries, such as Boeing and General Electric, must also prepare for this fundamental shift in propulsion technology, as planes move away from pure kerosene powered jet engines to hybrid-electric propulsion.

Our vision is the creation of a new generation of UK power electronics specialists to contribute to the societal and industrial demand for clean, electric propulsion systems in future automotive and aerospace transport infrastructures.

Technological Challenges

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.