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Newcastle University leads new industrial centres

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Newcastle University is to lead a new £30 million national network of four cutting-edge centres. The centres would enable faster collaborative research and development of electric machines, including cars, planes and ships.

The Driving the Electric Revolution Centres (DER Centres) will provide open access facilities with state-of-the-art equipment. DER Centres will bring together the UK’s technology and manufacturing expertise in electrification research and development.

The goal of the network is to help drive UK manufacturing to tackle climate change and ensure the UK reaches zero net emissions by the target of 2050. The centres will help businesses across numerous sectors to invest and work together to capitalise on the UK’s strengths in technology.

The DER Challenge, and the reduction in carbon it will help bring about, is a key focus for research at Newcastle University as we progress towards achieving the Government’s carbon neutral target by 2050.”

Chris Day, the Vice Chancellor of Newcastle University

Chris Day, the Vice Chancellor of Newcastle University, said: “We are committed to expanding our leading research in this important area and working alongside our regional and national partners [to] help attract foreign investment and the creation of new, innovative projects.

The DER Challenge, and the reduction in carbon it will help bring about, is a key focus for research at Newcastle University as we progress towards achieving the Government’s carbon neutral target by 2050.”

More than 30 partner research and technology organisations, including 21 UK universities, will be lead by Newcastle.

Newcastle University will also head up the DER Centre North East at the Innovation Centre, International Advanced Manufacturing Park, based in Sunderland, in which Sunderland City Council shall invest £18m.

More than 30 partner research and technology organisations, including 21 UK universities, will be lead by Newcastle, which will boost the place of the North East and the UK’s position as a world leader in global electrification.

Last modified: 18th March 2020

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