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Midlands universities open their doors for glimpse into the future of energy

EBRI
European Bioenergy Research Institute

9 June, 2017

  • EU Sustainable Energy Week on theme of ‘clean energy’
  • Aston’s European Bioenergy Research Institute holding masterclass on bioenergy
  • Events focusing on saving energy and cutting-edge research

This month, businesses and the general public will have the opportunity to find out about the latest energy efficiency ideas and technologies as part of EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) 2017.

Several universities across the Midlands that are part of the Energy Research Accelerator (ERA) initiative are holding events and activities to mark the week, from 19 to 25 June.

EUSEW aims to promote good practice in energy-saving and the use of renewables. This year’s theme is ‘clean energy’, and the events taking place highlight the need for the world to find a solution to the reliance on fossil fuels, and will explore some of the cutting-edge research taking place in the development of renewable energy technology.

Gordon Waddington, Chief Executive of the Energy Research Accelerator (ERA), said: “There is an urgent need for the world to move towards the use of clean technologies in order to start to address the issue of climate change. At ERA, we are investing in state-of-the art research and facilities to support the move towards green energy.

“I would encourage business people and members of the public to take a look at the events on offer during EU Sustainable Energy Week, as they provide useful advice and information about practical steps that can be taken to save energy, and they also offer an opportunity to see some of the cutting-edge energy research being undertaken by leading experts.”

In the run-up to the EU Sustainable Energy Week, the European Bioenergy Research Institute (EBRI) at Aston University is running a range of courses and events, including a two day masterclass focusing on bioenergy. The masterclass on 14 to 15 June covers the technical and commercial fundamentals of bioenergy for companies wanting to introduce new products and services. For more information see this short video

EBRI has also organised a special event in central Birmingham on 21 June for businesses looking for new opportunities in the £13 billion smart grid energy and £12 billion bioenergy markets. The event is designed for companies looking to develop new products and services as well as those that want to better understand the bioenergy market.

For more details and to register for the Aston events, email bioenergy@aston.ac.uk or call 0121 204 3383.

The partner organisations involved in the Energy Research Accelerator are the Midlands Innovation universities of Aston, Birmingham, Leicester, Loughborough, Nottingham and Warwick, and also the British Geological Survey (BGS).

More information about the Energy Research Accelerator can be found at www.era.ac.uk

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Notes to the editor

The Energy Research Accelerator (ERA) is a key programme within Midlands Innovation – a consortium of research intensive universities (universities of Aston, Birmingham, Leicester, Loughborough, Nottingham and Warwick), and the British Geological Survey (BGS), which has the overall aim of harnessing the Midlands’ combined research excellence and industry expertise to play a critical role in tackling some of the biggest challenges facing the UK.

Via Innovate UK, the Government has committed an initial capital investment of £60m, and ERA has secured private sector co-investment of £120m. ERA’s initial priorities of Geo-Energy Systems, Integrated Energy Systems and Thermal Energy will help deliver the new technologies and behaviours that will open the avenues for its future development and demonstrate the transformative effect ERA can have across the energy spectrum.

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EBRI at Aston - EBRI’s capabilities cover the breadth of advanced thermal technologies and biological conversion processes. These include gasification, pyrolysis, catalysis, and the thermochemical refining of biomass, wastes and plastics to high quality products and fuels. Allied to this is EBRI’s expertise in energy systems, supply chains, techno-economic analysis, transport logistics, analytics, engines and power systems. The institute welcomes collaboration opportunities with academia, government bodies and industry both locally and internationally and actively bids for new research and industrial engagement projects to bring further benefits to the Midlands region. For more information go to www.aston.ac.uk/ebrior email bioenergy@aston.ac.uk

Midlands Innovation is a world-class research and innovation partnership, combining the collective excellence of six leading universities in the heart of the UK – Aston, Birmingham, Leicester, Loughborough, Nottingham and Warwick. It unites the power of university research with the unique strengths of Midlands industry to drive cutting-edge research, innovation and skills development.

More information is available from Nick King, marketing and communications manager for ERA, on 0115 74 86727, or email nicholas.king@nottingham.ac.uk