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New blog from our Chief Executive, Gordon Waddington

In his latest blog, ERA's Chief Executive, Gordon Waddington, discusses the need for industry and academia to come together to develop the disruptive technologies that will be needed to achieve the government's aim of reducing CO2 emissions by 80 per cent by 2050.

New battery testing facility installed at Energy Innovation Centre

A cutting-edge battery testing facility has been installed at WMG's renowned Energy Innovation Centre at the University of Warwick. The facility, which is funded by ERA, will be used to advance innovation in battery technologies. Watch the new facility being installed.

New technology converts biomass into 'coal'

The University of Nottingham is partnering with the Energy Research Accelerator (ERA) and CPL Industries to produce a commercial scale facility capable of converting biomass into next-generation solid fuels with coal-like properties.

The energy revolution has started, are you ready to join it?

In his latest blog, Gordon Waddington, Chief Executive of the Energy Research Accelerator (ERA), examines the UK's move towards a low carbon economy, and suggests that the Midlands is ideally placed to take advantage of the opportunities this will create.

Climate Change Minister impressed by ERA technologies

Claire Perry, the Minister for Climate Change and Industry visited the Creative Energy Homes at the University of Nottingham where she saw some of the technologies being used in the ERA funded Community Energy Test Bed at Trent Basin.

Read more: Nottingham leads on new technologies in government's plan to upgrade the energy system

Business and Energy Secretary sparks battery challenge at Birmingham

Greg Clark, Secretary of State for Business and Energy, visited the University of Birmingham to launch the first phase of a £246 million Government investment into battery technology to ensure the UK leads the world in the design, development and manufacture of electric batteries.

Read more: University of Birmingham welcomes Business and Energy Secretary to spark battery challenge

Construction work accelerates on RAD building!

This time lapse video shows how building work is progressing on the new ERA funded Research Acceleration and Demonstration (RAD) building at the University of Nottingham’s Jubilee Campus.

The RAD building will include laboratory space for research ranging from harvesting and storing wind energy, to the development of new materials for hydrogen storage.

EBRI — providing practical solutions for businesses

The European Bioenergy Research Institute (EBRI) at Aston University, helps businesses to explore the growing bioenergy and energy systems markets, and the opportunities they offer. EBRI is a partner of the Energy Research Accelerator (ERA), which has been devised to tackle some of the biggest energy challenges facing the UK, by fostering research and developing new technologies to shape the UK’s energy landscape over the next 40 years.

Pioneering community energy pilot underway at Nottingham housing development

The Energy Research Accelerator (ERA) and the University of Nottingham are leading an innovative community energy initiative which could become a model for providing low-carbon energy solutions at residential developments across the UK.

EU Sustainable Energy Week — 19–25 June

Midlands universities open their doors to provide a glimpse into the future of energy as part of EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) 2017.

University of Birmingham and Fraunhofer UMSICHT launch Joint Research Platform

Experts from industry and academia have launched a joint research platform to deliver new approaches to energy and waste management that will benefit cities and communities around the world.

New building gets set to accelerate energy research

Work has started on a new building at the University of Nottingham, which will be a national centre for accelerating energy research in the UK.

Routes to Engagement with the University of Nottingham

Find out how to engage with the University of Nottingham to innovate and grow your business on 2 March, at The Derbyshire hotel on Junction 28 M1. Register for this event.

GERC diary entry

Professor Sir David King visits the GeoEnergy Test Bed

Aston University press release

Energy project to support businesses across Midlands. Businesses across the West Midlands region are set to benefit from a new support programme developed by the world-leading European Bioenergy Research Institute at Aston University.

Mapping knowledge of UK bioenergy capabilities

A mapping exercise on Bioenergy Research in the UK is being carried out by the European Bioenergy Research Institute (EBRI), funded by the SUPERGEN Bioenergy Hub. This will establish a database of active research institutes and groups across the UK to improve research collaboration and identify important research gaps. The results of the study will be presented at the International Bioenergy Conference 2017 in Manchester and the final report will be completed in summer 2017. Respondents will be sent a copy.

The research topics defined on the study involve:

  • Bioenergy and the environment
  • Biomass and waste
  • Biomass pre-processing technologies
  • Primary conversion engineering
  • Energy vectors: products from biomass
  • System modelling and analysis
  • Technology demonstration and integration

As a potential UK Bioenergy Stakeholder we would be very grateful if you could arrange for the Head of the relevant Research Group to participate in this mapping exercise or nominate someone else to do it on their behalf.

Please do not hesitate to contact Natalia Gomez if you want to participate.

Do not miss this opportunity to be identified as a bioenergy stakeholder and boost your research collaboration opportunities!

Britain Makes Great Strides Toward the End of Coal

Gordon Waddington, ERA CEO, is quoted in a Citilab article on the end of fossil fuels and future approaches to renewable energy.

Relationships matter

Gordon Waddington, ERA CEO, is quoted in a blog by University of Warwick Vice-Chancellor Stuart Croft on why universities, government and industry must work together — across sectors and across nations — to solve global challenges like the energy challenge.

Energy Capital Launch event, 15 February, University of Birmingham

"Energy Capital" will unite major stakeholders in energy technologies and systems, and locate the West Midlands as the UK's focal point for future energy innovation and investment to launch a bold and inspiring new vision for energy in the West Midlands. Find and more and register to attend.

We hosted the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA) Conference in November 2016

The EERA is a cluster of 175+ RTOs, universities and national laboratories focused on low carbon technology research and deployment. It is through the EERA that the Strategic Energy Technologies Plan (SET-Plan) will be implemented. ERA institutions including Aston, the British Geological Survey, Loughborough and the University of Warwick are involved in this organisation’s joint programmes of research.

Current joint research programmes that ERA institutions are involved in focus on shale gas, solar energy, carbon capture and storage and bioenergy.

Keynote speakers during the conference included the Deputy DG Research and Innovation from the European Commission, Mr. Patrick Child and also Prof. Marc Oliver Bettzüge, Head of the Chair of Energy Economics at the University of Cologne.

The conference was hosted by the University of Birmingham. ERA sponsored the conference dinner and CEO Gordon Waddington gave a welcome address setting out ERA partners' commitment to continuing engagement in international research.

The conference was also sponsored by other Midlands-based partners, the Energy Technologies Institute and the Energy Systems Catapult.

Energy for Business — new SME support from the University of Nottingham

The University of Nottingham held its Energy for Business launch event on 2 November. Businesses across Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire were invited to hear how they could benefit from support on offer from Nottingham's new Energy Innovation and Collaboration team. The dedicated, hands-on team has been established y to help businesses become more energy efficient and to facilitate the move to renewable and sustainable energy in a programme supported by the European Regional Development Fund.

As well as finding out about the Nottingham energy offer and about access through ERA to the best energy research expertise and facilities across the Midlands, attendees visited the newly opened Ingenuity Centre which offers new, managed office space to high growth, innovative companies looking to engage with the University.

Dearman wins SME Innovation awards

Congratulations to Dearman, the clean cold technology company working with T-ERA, who won two awards at the annual Innovate UK SME Innovation Awards in 2016.

The company was presented with the ‘Innovation Leading to Investment’ award in recognition of the company’s success in attracting investment to develop its game changing clean-cold technology and grow the company, and the overall ‘Inspirational Innovation’ award.

The SME Innovation Awards aim to recognise examples of excellence among projects funded by Innovate UK. The ceremony recognised projects and companies that demonstrate the impact of innovation on business growth and driving the economy, which can in turn inspire others.

Dearman technology has been developed to harness liquid nitrogen and deliver clean cold and power. At the heart of the company’s technology portfolio is the revolutionary zero-emission Dearman Engine, which is powered by the expansion of liquid nitrogen rather than polluting petrol or diesel.

Sustainable Thermal Energy Technologies for the Future

On 10 and 11 October 2016, the University of Warwick hosted a conference on the future of sustainable thermal energy technology in collaboration with Star Renewables. The event was targeted at business, large states, energy and university sectors.

Stressing the importance of the UK’s government recently increased focus on decarbonising heat and its positive impact in driving forward investment on low carbon renewable energy, the conference addressed the impact heating will have on whether the country is able to meet its 2020 and 2030 climate change goals, as well as the goals set out in COP21. Presentations and conference videos are now available.

Birmingham and China State Grid unveil a joint lab on energy storage research

The University of Birmingham and the State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC) have unveiled a joint lab in energy storage research.

The laboratory will aim to address scientific and technical challenges in thermal and cryogenic energy storage and the integration and application in energy networks. It will also bring together complementary expertise that will accelerate the process of translating cutting edge research into practise.

New £180 million fund to accelerate energy research across the Midlands Engine

In April 2016 the Government announced a major new fund designed to drive cutting-edge research, innovation and skills across the Midlands Engine, with significant backing from Chancellor of the Exchequer.

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