Facilities

Manchester Energy houses some of the best facilities in the world for energy research and education.

Typically housed in academic schools, experimental equipment allows researchers to produce prototypes and to perform advanced measurements using the suite of facilities available across the university.

Here is just a selection of the key facilities housed by the University: 

  • Wave-current flume

    Wave Flume.

    A unique wide flume is capable of generating unidirectional flows and directionally spread wave-fields simultaneously. The flume is 5m wide and provides a current of 0.5m/s with 0.5m depth. The flume has sophisticated instrumentation and a tilting capability. It is now extensively used for research on tidal turbines and wave energy devices.

     

     

     

  • The National Grid Power Systems Research Centre

    High voltage laboratory

    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.

    Find out more about The National Grid Power Systems Research Centre. (PDF)

     

     

     

  • PSI Equipment

    Laser

    Located within the Alan Turing Building is a wide range of laser systems which together provide a unique array of sources. Our aim has been to assemble a diverse range of wavelengths with the narrowest linewidths, highest powers and shortest pulses so that researchers can pursue a wide range of activities quickly, facilitating interdisciplinary research and externalcollaborations.

     

     

     

  • Pilot plant

    Morton Laboratory

    The Morton laboratory is unique: it brings together advanced instrumentation and production scale processing equipment to give a strategic advantage to academic research staff and their industrial partners. Industrial processing can be carried out at scale to ensure energy efficient processes can be developed.

     

     

     

  • IEPNEF

    Rolls-Royce UTC.

    The future aircraft electrical systems test lab, located within the Rolls-Royce UTC, enables full flight profiles to be executed on a system comprising real and emulated hardware, allowing energy management and optimisation techniques, including intelligent agents, to be examined.  Key features of the 100kW aircraft lab are the emulation of a two-spool gas engine, two engine-embedded electrical generators, a 540V DC reconfigurable distribution system, a suite of active load systems which provide the capability to emulate the behaviour of real aircraft loads such as avionics, actuators or fuel pumps and full remote system control from a central control room.

    For more information visit the IEPNEF website.

     

     

     

  • Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre

    Nuclear facility.

    Manchester's nuclear research laboratories are already engaged in manufacturing research, in areas such as new materials, welding and surface technology. Expansion through the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre will occur in prototype manufacture, reactor environment testing and analytical support. This will enable the innovation and demonstration of advanced manufacturing technologies in reactor environments to support new nuclear build, placing the UK at the forefront of nuclear capabilities.

     

     

     

  • Dalton Cumbria Facility

    Cumbria facility.

    The University of Manchester, via the Dalton Nuclear Institute is undertaking a joint £20m investment to establish a world class teaching and education facility in West Cumbria linked with access to the British Technology Centre. The facility will be equipped with state of the art equipment including a tandem Pellatron, Cobalt 60 gamma irradiator and supporting analytical laboratories. The equipment will predominantly focus on the field of radiation sciences and the study of radiation damage of materials. The investment will also facilitate access for academics into the British Technology Centre allowing us to work with active materials in a shielded environment undertaking activities such as post irradiation inspection.

     

     

     

A full list of research facilities within The School of Engineering and Physical Sciences.
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