Since the original Cockcroft Laboratory was opened in the main UMIST building – now the Sackville Street Building – back in 1958, the University’s high-voltage (HV) lab has been supporting industry to find innovative solutions to our energy challenges.
Today’s lab is host to the National Grid Power Systems Research Centre and is the only location in the country where work at a scale suitable for 400kV power systems can be undertaken.
As society moves to a low-carbon energy grid, the HV lab is set to continue its key role. Industry is under more pressure than ever to develop radical new technologies and solutions, and investment is accelerating.
Following a £1.85 million EPSRC investment last year, new test equipment, including 800kV AC and 600kV DC test set, is being installed in the HV lab’s current location in the Ferranti Building.
Looking ahead to 2021, the lab will be relocated to the University’s Manchester Engineering Campus Development.
Let’s take a look back at the HV lab through the years.