Government has confirmed £60M investment for the Energy Research Accelerator (ERA), backed by a further £120M from the private sector and Midlands universities.
As part of the ERA hub, the British Geological Survey (BGS) will work in partnership with universities from the Midlands Innovation group – Aston University, the University of Birmingham, the University of Leicester, Loughborough University, the University of Nottingham and the University of Warwick – to accelerate energy research and build on the Midlands’ extensive industrial base.
The funding will create new facilities to meet the challenges of developing affordable low-carbon energy and technologies for greater energy efficiency.
ERA’s research will be focused on the complementary thermal (T-ERA), integrated systems (I-ERA) and geo-energy (G-ERA) research themes.
The BGS will be supporting the G-ERA theme through its work to develop subsurface energy technology, including new sensors and analytical facilities.
Mike Stephenson, director of science and technology at the BGS, said: “The British Geological Survey is pleased to be involved in this transformative initiative to develop energy technology research in the Midlands. ERA will build on the science and technology expertise and industrial momentum of the Midlands to create a unique and world-class hub.”
Gordon Waddington, ERA CEO, added: “This announcement by the Government allows us to take the next step to accelerate the transformation of the UK energy sector and invest across the whole of the Midlands.
“ERA is putting the UK on the global map of energy innovation. The amount of private sector funding is a testament to the fact that this is a critical opportunity for growth and productivity in the UK.”