A £1 million investment is set to boost facilities in the internationally-renowned Engineering Building at the University of Leicester by creating a suite of new research laboratories.
The Department of Engineering has received £995,000 funding from HEFCE for new laboratories for Electrical and Electronic Power Engineering. It will include the Centre for Advanced Electronically Controlled Drives, set up at the University in April 1999.
A collaboration of 20 companies, its portfolio of activities has been valued at £1.7M over three years, and it currently attracts £100K each year in industrial contracts, though further development has been hampered by the limitations of its present workspace. The hope is that once in its new accommodation, it can at least double its size over the next five years, attracting additional research funding.
The Centre for Advanced Electronically Controlled Drives enables companies to have a share in fundamental research into new electronically controlled motors. It has an international reputation for leading edge research into low cost motors for domestic and automotive applications.
Two further new laboratories will benefit researchers in High Voltage Insulation and Electrical Machines, who already receive research funding of £1M. Once satisfactorily rehoused, it is expected to raise its income by £425K over a five-year period.
Professor Charles Pollock, Head of the Electrical and Electronic Power Engineering Research Group, said: "The creation of the new laboratories is an essential step in my plan to make the University one of the world's leading centres for research in Electrical and Electronic Power Engineering. We have pioneered some innovative technology and the new laboratories will allow us to create a better and more professional working environment for our staff and students."
Business benefits as the University Engineering Department’s ability to share its expertise with industry and commerce will be enhanced, allowing it to create more links with manufacturers of electrical machines and drives as well as high-voltage and power systems across the world.
In expressing his delight at the prospect of the new Centre, Head of Engineering, Professor Ian Postlethwaite, said: “This investment will provide us with world class facilities which will enhance our already excellent links with industry. The award reflects the international quality of the research we are already doing in Electrical and Electronic Power Engineering.”
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