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Spotlight on: Power and energy networks

Welcome to our latest Research Spotlight, this time looking at some of the university’s many innovations around power and energy networks.

In an ever-more demanding energy and climate environment, researchers at The University of Manchester are building on our over 100 year history of industrial collaboration with partners like National Grid and Rolls-Royce, to drive vital innovations. We are helping to both make our energy network much more efficient, and to develop ways that it can grow sustainably.

Watch: our latest power and energy networks research

Read: examples of real world impact 

Discover: our High Voltage Lab


The High Voltage Lab is the biggest electrical infrastructure test facility in UK academia.

Here, interdisciplinary teams innovate at pace, working with industry and governments worldwide, to develop solutions for deployment on the live electricity network.   

Find out more about the high voltage lab

Discover: facts and figures

Our researchers supported National Grid in developing a new T-Pylon design, linking Hinkley Point Nuclear Power Station to the National Grid.

Through this research we've helped deliver power to 6 million homes and led to £11 million in estimated cost savings to the UK energy network.

Read more about this research.

Read: latest news stories

Discover: more research across the University