Driving the Electric Revolution

The Driving the Electric Revolution Challenge, represents an investment of up to £80million over 4 years for business-led innovation projects that enable UK supply chain and manufacturing capability growth in power electronics, machines & drives (PEMD).

The Driving the Electric Revolution Challenge, launched in 2019 by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy as part of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF), represents an investment of up to £80million over 4 years for business-led innovation projects that enable UK supply chain and manufacturing capability growth in power electronics, machines & drives (PEMD).

About Driving the Electric Revolution

Driving the Electric Revolution is enabling electrification across multiple sectors. It aims to ensure the UK leads the world in the design, development and manufacture of Power Electronics, Machines and Drives (PEMD) across multiple sectors with projects that will facilitate future improvements in supply chain capability, productivity, capacity, quality, & efficiency, support the UK’s continued push towards net-zero carbon, and catalyse the green economic recovery in transport, energy & industrial sectors. This is part of a larger effort across many technologies and sectors to catalyse the government’s green industrial revolution in transport, energy and industrial sectors, aligned to the ten-point plan. Developing this competency in the UK will seize the economic opportunities in the global transition to clean technologies and electrification, and drive demand for £5 billion more PEMD by 2025 and up to £80 billion by 2050, creating growth and highly skilled jobs across the UK.

Upcoming Funding Competitions

The Driving the Electric Revolution competition, called ‘PEMD Scale-up’ aims to enable UK businesses to adopt manufacturing best-practice (Strand 1) and to scale-up manufacturing process development (Strand 2). Make sure to watch the £5 million competition briefing webinar recording here.

Engage With… Electrifying Interviews

Watch these Driving the Electric Revolution interviews which feature specialist discussions about electronic systems, industrial technologies, and manufacturing in addition to highlighting major sector announcements, funding opportunities, and collaborative projects within Power Electronics, Machines and Drives (PEMD) related industries. We will be adding new interviews regularly so make sure to revisit the page every few weeks for new content.

Reports

Innovate UK KTN’s Chemistry & Industrial Biotechnology team in conjunction with the Driving the Electric Revolution Challenge has conducted a review into the rare-earth materials and magnet supply chain opportunity for the UK. To access the presentation and the report, please click here.

If you would like an in-depth review of the Driving the Electric Revolution challenge, make sure to read this Driving the Electric Revolution: 2021 Annual Report.

Read our Driving the Electric Revolution Engage with…Webinar Highlights which outlines a selection of the great webinars that have taken place out of a total collection of 50 ‘Engage with…’ webinars Innovate UK KTN has hosted to support the Driving the Electric Revolution challenge.

This Driving the Electric Revolution in the AgriFood sector report which was recently published by Innovate UK KTN on behalf of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) highlights the opportunities and challenges of electrifying the agricultural and food sectors.

Events

Engage with…LIVE! took place on the 29th March 2022 in Sheffield. This event was a fantastically well attended interactive physical forum where organisations networked and discussed opportunities to boost electrification and the adoption of clean technologies across industries throughout the UK. Make sure to view the event highlights and watch the event presentation recordings.

Innovate UK KTN has hosted over 50 weekly Engage with… webinars, in which leading companies were given a platform to present their PEMD journeys, activities, challenges and future PEMD supply chain requirements, with a view of exploring future opportunities for collaborating or partnering on a project.

Driving the Electric Revolution’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion webinar series is dedicated to championing EDI in engineering by tackling equality, diversity and inclusion challenges and opportunities within the Power Electronics, Machines and Drives sector.

Historic funding competitions

The Building Talent for the Future 2 competition was designed to aid the creation and delivery of course content and materials to support skills and training across PEMD manufacturing and supply chains, with up to £50K of funding available per project.

The Building Talent for the Future 2 competition expression of interest closed on 2 February 2022. This competition, a follow-up to the ‘PEMD Skills Hub competition’, focused on the creation and delivery of industry-focused new training, course content, materials for educators, and engaging information for outreach, all to support skills and training across PEMD manufacturing and supply chains.

The PEMD Skills Hub competition that closed on 16 December 2021 is to provide signposting and access to existing and new training courses for learners & businesses, material for educators, and engaging information for outreach by curating a range of online and face-to-face courses.

The Building Talent for the Future competition covering project costs of up to £25,000, which closed for applications on 15th September 2021, aims to fund several ideas that quickly fill immediate gaps in skills, talent and training for the PEMD industry.

The Supply Chains for Net Zero competition that closed on 30th June 2021 is investing up to £22 million in innovation projects to facilitate the UK’s niche and volume supply chain and manufacturing capability growth in PEMD.

The Catalysing Green Innovation competition that closed on 29th July 2020 is investing up to £5 million in innovation projects to support net zero by catalysing the green economic recovery in transport, energy and industrial sectors.

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