The Midlands Energy Consortium consists of the universities of Birmingham, Loughborough, Nottingham and Warwick and the British Geological Survey. The consortium draws on many existing collaborations and recognises the synergies between the five institutions' research activities.
Our five organisations have long invested significantly in energy research. Each has now integrated this activity by establishing interdisciplinary schools and institutes which draw on capabilities in engineering, physical and social sciences. Each interdisciplinary organisation is lead by a director, who provides co-ordination for all energy related research within that university, and who collaborates closely within the consortium.
In September 2007 we were chosen to act as host to the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI). The role of the ETI is to lead the UK's efforts in establishing a low-carbon economy based on a secure, affordable supply of energy. The ETI is a public/private partnership, backed by companies BP, Caterpillar, EDF Energy, E.ON, Rolls-Royce and Shell. The institute will manage a 10-year collaborative R&D programme with a potential investment fund of £1.1bn. Bids to host the Institute were judged on energy research capability, reputation and culture; space, facilities and accessibility; and commitment to the ETI.
The Institute for Energy Research and Policy was founded in 2005 to build on the wide range of high-quality research in energy at the University of Birmingham. The vision for the institute is a network of researchers from a range of disciplines engaged on projects of international excellence, contributing their expertise to each project. Over 60 academic staff are members of the institute and research spans hydrogen storage materials, fuel cells, new combustion and energy conversion technologies, renewable energy sources, energy efficiency, power systems and energy policy.
Energy Research at Loughborough is world-class and one of the largest concentrations of academic endeavour in the UK. The Energy Research Challenge is one of 6 challenges identified by Loughborough to act as catalysts for growth.
Energy research spans the generation, supply and demand for energy and includes: the invention and improvement of new and renewable energy technologies; the efficient and flexible generation of power; nuclear energy and waste; electrical and thermal energy storage; the efficiency of conventional transport systems; transport and travel; and end-use energy demand in buildings and for travel.
The Energy Technologies Research Institute was founded in 2006 to draw Nottingham's energy research together. The institute is made up of bio scientists, social scientists, chemists, physicists and engineers who are investigating clean fossil fuels and carbon abatement technologies, hydrogen and fuel cells, renewable energy production, energy efficient technologies for the built environment and infrastructure technologies for green energy. The Institute's Director is Professor Gavin Walker, a fuel scientist whose research includes focuses on clean coal technology and carbon capture.
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'Energy' is one of the University of Warwick’s research priorities. The University is addressing global challenges through its world-class multi-disciplinary research. Warwick has core strengths in several key areas of Energy research, including: Power Electronics; Solar Energy; Thermal Energy; Energy Management; Low Carbon Transport and Energy Storage. With a current grant portfolio of over £20m and strong links to industry and policy makers, Warwick’s Energy-related research is a truly multi-disciplinary and multi-sectoral activity. Our vision is for Warwick to be a world-leading centre of excellence in Energy research and the Energy GRP is the vehicle for making this happen.
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Security of energy supply and reduction of carbon emissions is central to the UK Government's energy policy, as is maintaining a suitable mix of future energy resources.
The UK 's natural resources are declining and will only be partially replaced by indigenous renewables.
The BGS supports science that seeks to understand and maximise the recovery of dwindling fossil fuel reserves, as well as helping the development of renewable energy such as geothermal power.
Further fossil fuel development could be mitigated by carbon capture and storage (CCS). The BGS is a world leader in CCS science and geophysical research into the structure of underground reservoirs, as well as a centre for research into unconventional hydrocarbon and coal resource development.
The University of Birmingham has around 27,000 students and 6,000 members of staff and a turnover of £360 million. Based on the quality and quantity of research activity, the University was ranked 12th in the UK in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise.
Loughborough is consistently ranked among the top 20 UK universities and has a well-earned reputation for internationally recognised, pioneering research. The University has more than 40 research centres and institutes; five interdisciplinary research schools in Design, Health and Life Sciences, Sustainability, Systems Engineering, and Materials; and three EPSRC Centres for Innovative Manufacturing in Intelligent Automation, Additive Manufacturing and Regenerative Medicine.
The University of Nottingham is ranked in the UK's Top 10 and the World's Top 100 universities by the Shanghai Jiao Tong (SJTU) and Times Higher (THES) World University Rankings. It provides innovative and top quality teaching, undertakes world-changing research, and attracts talented staff and students from 150 nations. Described by The Times as Britain's "only truly global university", it has invested continuously in award-winning campuses in the United Kingdom, China and Malaysia.
The University of Warwick is globally connected, forward-looking and entrepreneurial. In less than fifty years since being founded we've become one of the UK's best universities, consistently at the top of the UK league tables and we're rapidly climbing the international league tables of world class universities.
Founded in 1835, the British Geological Survey (BGS) is the world's oldest national geological survey, and the United Kingdom's premier centre for earth science information and expertise.
The BGS provide expert services and impartial advice in all areas of geoscience. Our client base is drawn from the public and private sectors both in the UK and internationally.