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UK university launches motors and drives consultancy

18 October, 2022

The University of Nottingham has become the first UK institution to create an independent business for industrialising electrical motors and drive systems. The new Nottingham Drive Specialist Services (NDSS) will develop, manufacture and test motors and drives for companies around the world.

Based at the university’s new Power Electronics and Machines Centre (PEMC), NDSS will offer a service spanning the entire lifecycle of projects as well as offering access to more than £20m-worth of equipment.

The service is being funded by several sources, including Research England, Getting Building Fund, D2N2, the Wolfson Foundation, and the Driving the Electric Revolution Industrialisation Centre (DER-IC).

“Over the past 25 years, we have built up a store of intellectual property on this incredibly difficult subject area, and making this easily accessible and available for companies to benefit from is a key part of what we are doing,” says Dr Hitendra Hirani, sales director and general manager of the DER-IC programme at the University of Nottingham.

The University of Nottingham’s new motors and drives service will have access to more than £20m-worth of equipment
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“This initiative is really about breaking down the barriers to engaging with the university and making our facilities and knowledge available for societal benefit,” adds Professor Chris Gerada, Professor of Electrical Machines and lead for the University’s research and innovation initiatives.

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