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Driving the electric revolution: Supply chains for net zero

Manufacturing & Materials
Project Size:
£500,000 - £5 million


The aim of this competition is to facilitate the UK's niche and volume supply chain and manufacturing capability growth in power electronics, machines and drives (PEMD).


Your proposal must help the UK to achieve the objectives of the Driving the Electric Revolution challenge and have a significant impact on the PEMD supply chain in the UK to support the UK’s drive towards net zero.


Up to £22 million will be invested in business-led, supply chain focused, innovation projects that enable future improvements in:

  • productivity
  • capacity
  • quality
  • efficiency



Your project must:

  • have started by 1 February 2022
  • end by 31 January 2025
  • last between 18 and 36 months
  • have total eligible costs between £500,000 and £5 million


To lead a project your organisation must:

  • be a UK registered business of any size
  • collaborate with other UK registered businesses, RTOs, research organisations, public sector organisations or charities
  • carry out its project work in the UK
  • intend to exploit the results from or in the UK


Research organisations cannot lead projects.


The make-up of your project team must include at least 3 layers of an existing or new supply chain. When choosing supply chain partners for the project team, you must make sure that supply side and demand side are both represented.


The aim of this competition is to address key research and development opportunities in the UK power electronics, machines, and drives (PEMD) supply chain to support the UK’s drive towards net zero. This is to facilitate UK niche and volume supply chain and manufacturing capability growth in PEMD.  


By niche supply chain, Innovate UK means low volume, high value. By volume supply chain they mean high volume, high efficiency.


Your project outputs should ideally have potential for cross-sector impact. 


Your project can focus on the following areas:

  • Manufacturing process development, such as:
  • innovations and approaches to improve manufacturing productivity
  • implementation of an innovative new tool into a process line
  • automation of a specific process
  • reconfiguring a process line in an innovative way to improve productivity or flexibility
  • Design for manufacture, such as:
  • designing, redesigning, prototyping a product where the focus is on how you manufacture it more efficiently and cost effectively
  • specification of a manufacturing process
  • virtual process development (VPD) including improvements in modelling and simulation software
  • developments which enable products to be manufactured with recycling taken into consideration
  • Innovative end-of-line testing and product validation processes:
  • scale-up and/or automation of testing and validation processes, with an aim of increasing productivity
  • supply chain improvements
  • Circular economy, including:
  • scale-up of processes for the recycling and recovery of materials from end-of-life PEMD products
  • lifecycle and embedded carbon analysis with a view of process improvement
  • waste reduction and process energy efficiency improvements

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