Manchester Energy Knowledge Exchange Fellow

Supporting industry demand for collaboration.

We need to ensure that we engage with universities. Getting access to the forefront of knowledge enables our business to be innovative and pushes our vision forwards.

Conan Hogan / Project Manager, IT&T, Networks Strategy and Technical Support, Electricity Northwest Limited

One of the main benefits of collaboration between the University and business is ensuring we generate impact through applying our research and expertise to new industrial processes and technologies.

Ian Cotton / Professor of High Voltage Technology and Director of Manchester Energy, The University of Manchester

Manchester Energy, via The National Grid Power Systems Research Centre, part of the Electrical Energy and Power Systems Group, houses the largest and best equipped high-voltage laboratory of any UK university. 

With a 2MV impulse generator, 800kV AC set and 600kV DC set, it can test equipment used on the high-voltage transmission system of England and Wales, ensuring electrical energy can be transported efficiently and reliably.

Through support from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council Knowledge Transfer Account fund, a Knowledge Exchange Fellow was appointed to support demand from industry for collaboration and access to the unique facilities and extensive academic expertise with the University.

The two-year programme supported innovative projects with some of the UK’s largest energy providers, leading to the long-term appointment of the Knowledge Exchange Fellow to continue to support the needs of industry.