What is ERA?

The Energy Research Accelerator (ERA) is a cross-disciplinary and multi-partner energy research hub in the Midlands. Its partners are: Aston University, the University of Birmingham, the British Geological Survey, Leicester University, Loughborough University, the University of Nottingham and the University of Warwick. Together, these partners will play a key role in building a sustainable, secure and prosperous future by developing new technologies, bringing down costs and innovating to drive growth, support productivity and create jobs.

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World leading research

The ERA partners have a track record of collaboration and delivery in the energy sector, working closely with each other and industry to deliver essential research and postgraduate skills. ERA is the next step on that journey, bringing together their expertise across the three themes and alongside industry to push the boundaries of energy innovation.

Establishing a centre of excellence

ERA will be a centre of excellence that plays a key role in building a sustainable, secure and prosperous future for the UK energy sector by developing new technologies and bringing down costs.

It will provide a critical path for new technologies to be developed through the major existing schemes such as Energy Systems, Future Cities, Transport Systems and High Value Manufacturing Catapult programmes and foster collaboration between academia and business to realise the commercial potential of new technology.


ERA is supported in its first phase of development by £60 million Government capital funding, supported by an additional £120 million of co-investment secured from industry and academic partners.

The Government’s initial investment is expected to generate a return of £323 million.