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Midlands' Universities Open Their Doors to Provide a Glimpse into the Future of Energy

Later 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, which are part of the Energy Research Accelerator (ERA) initiative, are holding events and activities as part of the week, from 19th to 25th June.

The aim of EUSEW is 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.

The European Bioenergy Research Institute (EBRI) at Aston University is running a range of courses and events, including a two day masterclass taking place just prior to the week (14th and 15th June), focusing on bioenergy. This covers the technical and commercial fundamentals of bioenergy for companies wanting to introduce new products and services. The University has released a short video which provides more information about the masterclass.

In addition, a special event organised by EBRI is taking place in central Birmingham on 21st June, highlighting opportunities for businesses looking for new market opportunities in the £13 billion smart grid energy and £12 billion bioenergy markets. The latter event is designed for companies looking to develop new products and services, as well as those who simply want better understanding of the bioenergy market.

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

Also in Birmingham, the University of Birmingham is running Discovery Days for school pupils. This includes the opportunity for children to find out about research and courses available at the University, and as part of this there will be a presentation on hydrogen fuel cells, (21st June) delivered by one of their leading experts in this field. For more information, take a look at the Discovery Day brochure or email schools-liaison@bham.ac.uk.

At the University of Nottingham, events include a breakfast seminar examining opportunities for businesses in the energy market (19th June); an evening lecture on Brexit and Energy (20th June); a tour of the University’s ‘creative energy homes’ to see the use of energy efficient technologies (21st June), and many other activities. For details of all of the events taking place during EU Sustainable Energy Week, visit the website, or email energy@nottingham.ac.uk

Speaking about EU Sustainable Energy Week, 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.”


June 2017