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Driving a cleaner,
greener future

The North East is fast becoming the epicentre of the UK's drive to clean electrification.


A unique community of research, manufacturing, training and innovation has been created and is growing in the North East. Building on strong foundations, we want to coordinate activity across this high-growth, high-value economic opportunity.

A coordinated regional approach presents a range of R&D, infrastructure and commercial investment opportunities, including:

Two projects that we are particularly interested in developing are:

  • Farm Zero - decarbonising agriculture and food production
  • EPIC - the Electrification Process Innovation Centre will coordinate activity across manufacturing, skills and supply chains.
A close up view of electric motors made by Newcastle University spin-out company, Advanced Electric Machines.

Why Newcastle and the North East?

The people and businesses of the North East love to innovate and collaborate. We're proud of our history, leading industrial and manufacturing advancement. Today our region is primed to lead the green revolution.

Within a 15-mile radius of our University you'll find:

  • the UK's first Gigafactories
  • ports and the Catapult at the heart of the offshore wind industry
  • innovative SMEs delivering new products and services such as Advanced Electric Machines and Connected Energy
  • at-scale living laboratories and demonstrators including:
    • energy systems
    • research farms
    • urban observatory
    • process and manufacturing test centres

Who's involved?

We are working with SMEs and corporates, as well as the public and the private sectors including:

  • Siemens
  • Nissan
  • Northern Gas Networks
  • Northern Powergrid
  • Northumbrian Water Group
  • Port of Tyne
  • Port of Blyth
  • Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult
  • CPI
  • North East Battery Alliance
  • Faraday Institution
  • Advanced Electric Machines
  • Turntide Technologies
  • Driving the Electric Revolution (Innovate UK)
  • Northumbria University
  • North East Automotive Alliance
  • Institute of Electrification and Sustainable Advanced Manufacturing

Where will this happen?

Innovation is taking place throughout our region. Key sites include:

  • Northern Gas Network's Low Thornley site
  • Blyth and southeast Northumberland
  • Newcastle University campus and farms
  • Sunderland and the Advanced Manufacturing Park
  • Driving the Electric Revolution Industrialisation Centre North East at Gateshead College Skills Academy for Sustainable Manufacturing And Innovation