Archive for June, 2010

Energy award for University of Manchester spin-off company

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Arago Technology wins prestigious award for performance improvement.

Arago Technology, a company spun out of The University of Manchester by its IP commercialisation company, UMIP, was awarded the Existing Performance Improvement prize at the Energy Innovation Awards ceremony.

The technology is based on research by professors Ian Cotton and Simon Rowland from the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering,.

The company was also highly-commended for the big prize, the Energy Innovation Grand Prix, at the awards evening at the Hilton Hotel in Manchester on Thursday night (17th June).

Collecting the awards, Simon Rowland said: “We are a new company, these are our first awards and we are really delighted that the community can see what we are trying to achieve to enable greater power transmission through existing overhead line infrastructure.”

Arago Technology was incorporated in early 2010 following several years of joint research and development by EPL Composites Solutions and a team from the National Grid High Voltage Labs at The University of Manchester.

The majority of their current research and development is focused on creating an electrically insulating transmission tower Cross-Arm. This Composite Cross-Arm is suitable for retrofit to existing transmission towers or as an option for new line build. This technology is not limited to a specific tower size and can be adapted to suit any tower.

For the up-rating of existing lines, the Composite Cross-Arm allows tower voltages to be increased without any change to the overall tower structure or height. The increase in voltage will usually require a change in the conductor (the wire carried by the towers).

Significant improvements in power transfer capability can be achieved through the combination of the Composite Cross-Arm with the use of a low sag novel conductor to increase current.

Arago Technology focus on the development of new, ground-breaking technology but also work with potential clients and partners to identify how technology can best meet their needs.

New President and Vice-Chancellor for The University of Manchester

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Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell has been appointed President and Vice-Chancellor of The University of Manchester.

Dame Nancy was selected following an international search which produced an impressive shortlist of candidates.

A distinguished Life Scientist, Dame Nancy has been a member of staff at the University since 1987 and Deputy President and Deputy Vice-Chancellor since 2007.

She will take-up her post on 1st July 2010 succeeding Professor Alan Gilbert, who is retiring after six years. Professor Gilbert was the inaugural President and Vice-Chancellor of The University of Manchester, which was established following the merger of the Victoria University of Manchester and UMIST.

Dame Nancy becomes the first woman to lead The University of Manchester or either of its two predecessor institutions.

Commenting on her appointment, Dame Nancy said: “I am honoured and delighted to be invited to lead the University at this exciting time. I am determined to maintain the strategic focus that we have developed over the past six years and to work closely with colleagues to identify new priorities and opportunities for the University in the very challenging external environment that we will face over the next few years.”

Chairman of the Appointment Panel and Chairman-elect of the University’s Board of Governors Mr Anil Ruia said: “Dame Nancy will bring her own distinctive strengths, perspective and style to the role of President and Vice-Chancellor which will enable the University to build upon the remarkable progress that we have made under Professor Alan Gilbert’s leadership.”


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