Electrical Drives

Research Project Change in production technology


Assembly of the stator of an electric drive

What it is about

The electric motor as a converter from electrical to mechanical energy is at the centre of the electric drive. The electric drive can be found in industrial applications in a wide range of sectors (metal, industry, mining, energy, marine/shipbuilding, oil & gas). Advantages of the electric drive are: environmental friendliness, good transportability of the necessary energy even over long distances, good efficiency in converting electrical to mechanical energy as well as high availability.

Goals of the research project

The “Electric Drives” research project aims to develop the competitive electric machine of the future. The research results are to be applied to related areas, such as railway drives.


The electric drive is already widely used today. Due to climate change, its importance continues to increase. Classic combustion engines are being replaced by electric drives. In addition to availability and efficiency, the higher power density (power/input mass) is one of the central requirements for the development of new electric machines. The realization of these requirements and delivery times in international competition are growing challenges for classic production sites. To remain competitive, disruptive approaches must therefore be found to design and manufacture the electrical machine from scratch. Digitization offers enormous opportunities in this aspect.

Electrical Drives • Research project Change in production technology
Project launch July 2020 • Funding amount: 10,1 Mio. € • Number of partners: 16 • Main location, Rohrdamm 88

Partner Electrical Drives

This project is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).