An electric revolution
Following our success in supply chain development, the Catapult was chosen to establish one of four new Industrialisation Centres in Newport as part of a £30m investment by UKRI. Working with the other centres in Strathclyde, Sunderland and Nottingham, the Newport centre will develop next-generation materials and components for advanced power electronics, machines and drives as part of our commitment to reach Net Zero by 2050.
The centres form part of a wider initiative under the Industrial Strategy, supporting the challenge: ‘Driving the Electric Revolution’. By applying electrification technologies more broadly, to sectors including automotive, rail, marine and aerospace, the centres will unlock £10bn in power electronics and an additional £2bn in electric machines, whilst contributing to the goal of Net Zero.
Several ‘fast-start’ projects are already underway. For example, the Catapult is working with YASA, developers of the world’s highest performance electric motors in terms of power density, developing new thermal management solutions to further increase the power density of battery electric vehicles (BEVs). This project will push the performance of YASA’s patented technology to new limits, delivering world-leading performance.