The University of Nottingham has been awarded £7.6m by D2N2 LEP to go towards the development of the £16.8m UK Electrification of Aerospace Propulsion Facility (UKEAPF).
The UKEAPF is one of ten projects across Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham, and Nottinghamshire which has received funding from D2N2’s £44m share of the government’s £900m Getting Building Fund.
Hosted within the new Power Electronics and Electrical Machines Centre at the University of Nottingham, the facility will support the East Midlands vision to be the world’s foremost location for low carbon aerospace innovation.
The facility will accelerate the development of new electrical machines and drive systems required for the greening of aviation through extensive test and validation equipment.
As part of a 3 year plan, by March 2024, it is estimated that £140m worth of industrial work aligned with this facility will be undertaken, creating 300 new jobs and 150 new learners by 2025.
At a national level, UKEAPF will support the government’s target of raising research and development investment and contribute to the Governments 10 point green plan by supporting increased decarbonisation in a key sector.