DER-IC Success in UKRI Supply Chains for Net Zero Competition
Driving the Electric Revolution Industrialisation Centres (DER-IC) has supported its partners in successfully winning nine bids in the latest Driving the Electric Revolution funding call from UK Research and Innovation.
The call opened on 8 March 2021 and allowed UK businesses to apply for a share of £22 million for innovation projects focused on supply chain development for power electronics, electric machines and drives (PEMD).
Project ELIPS - Enhanced Liquid Immersion Power Systems
- Supply Design Ltd
- Custom Interconnect Ltd
- GSPK Circuits Ltd
- Iceotope Technologies Ltd
- Compound Semiconductor Applications Catapult
Aim of Project: ELIPS (Enhanced Liquid Immersion Power Systems) is a design-for-manufacture project aiming to build a UK supply-chain to deliver immersion and GaN-based technology across PEMD sectors. Our aim is to create a collaborative value-chain capable of delivering power modules(components), bespoke immersion components & sub-assemblies (sub-components), services (scaled manufacturing and system integration) and IP, for years to come. The partners aim to deliver high-efficiency PEMD products and services across multiple sectors, including Automotive, Aerospace and Renewable Energy, outlined in the ISCF strategy for the 'Future of Mobility' and 'Clean Growth'. ELIPS will contribute to energy-saving systems for datacentre infrastructure that will support sustainable growth in IoT, SMART cities, data economies and industrial-automation (4.0). All of which are critical elements for the global Net-Zero challenge.
Marc Brand, director of Business Development at Supply Design Limited, said: “For many sectors the future is electric, and the UK can take a leading role, but only if companies of all sizes and in all parts of the country are involved. The funding from Driving the Electric Revolution challenge is helping us to act like a large innovative integrated multinational. It’s allowing us to bring together advanced simulations tools, high-value manufacturing capability, and development expertise to maximise novel UK intellectual property.“ Without support, the interaction would be too risky and we would lose the collaborative interaction, expertise and focus required to create clear competitive advantages in this fast-growing niche.” Zero emission technologies including electric cars and wind turbines are the product of a carbon-intensive, pan-global supply chain. This process means a significant portion of the reduced emissions are ‘off-shored’ in other countries, where the components and finished products are manufactured. It is hoped a low-carbon sovereign supply chain will enable the UK to achieve ‘true NetZero.’
ELIPS will create a collaborative OEM to develop capability and capture the immersion-cooling power market share. Each partner will develop knowledge, products and/or services to capitalise on these emerging markets. Immersion-cooling offers horizontal and vertical supply-chain and market growth potential.