Professor Ian Cotton
Director of Manchester Energy
Ian Cotton is Professor of High Voltage Technology at the University of Manchester and Director of Manchester Energy which seeks to maximise the impact of the University’s energy research portfolio and includes the research activities of over 150 academic colleagues.
Ian has been involved in high voltage research for 15 years and works in the largest HV laboratory in the UK that has the capability of testing equipment at the voltage levels required for use on the 400kV system. He leads the strategic partnership between the University and National Grid.
His research portfolio includes supporting the development of novel overhead line solutions and efficient environmentally acceptable power system equipment for National Grid. He also carries out research in the area of aerospace high voltage systems which are being deployed on platforms such as the Boeing Dreamliner.
Ian is a non-executive director of Arago Technology Limited, a business commercialising insulating cross-arms which can significantly increase the capacity of existing overhead line infrastructure. He is a Chartered Electrical Engineer and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Project Manager for Manchester Energy
Teresa Chilton is the Project Manager for Manchester Energy and has operational responsibility for many of its activities. With a background in science communication, Teresa has worked at the University of Manchester since 1990, helping to raise awareness of the research undertaken across the University and communicating the research outputs to a wider audience.
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