Energy Research Accelerator community building event

Posted by gmcl1 at Jun 23, 2016 10:55 AM |
13th July, 13:00-15:00, University of Leicester. Find out how your research could help tackle some of the biggest energy challenges facing the UK.

Join our Energy Research Accelerator (ERA) community building event to find out more about this £180m collaborative project and how your research could help tackle some of the biggest energy challenges facing the UK.

This event is open to all members of the University – we welcome academics and researchers from all departments to explore interdisciplinary research projects. Please register here.

The University of Leicester is a founding partner of ERA, which is a partnership between the universities of Aston, Birmingham, Nottingham, Leicester, Loughborough, Warwick, and the British Geological Survey. It is a cross-disciplinary hub that brings the region’s combined research expertise together with industry to deliver a step change in energy innovation. The project has received £60m of government capital funding, matched by £120m from industrial partners.

The partnership aims to foster research and develop new technologies to shape the UK’s energy landscape over the next 40 years through the themes of geo-energy (G-ERA), integrated energy (I-ERA) and thermal energy systems (T-ERA) by:

  • Making better use of primary resources
  • Creating smarter energy systems
  • Reducing our dependence on imported energy
  • Enhancing energy security
  • Helping to achieve the UK’s carbon reduction targets

Draft agenda

13:00 – 14:00

  • Presentation of ERA
  • The project as a whole
  • Overview of the three themes
  • Facilities that will be delivered and their location
  • Leicester’s involvement in phase

14:00 – 15:00

  • Planning forward
  • How to start to build a steady stream of research projects/incomes around these facilities 
  • How to include social sciences in the research
  • Energy research interests across the University
  • ERA phase 2
  • Mechanisms of engagement and lessons learnt from phase 1

Attendance has been confirmed from:

  • Gordon Waddington – CEO of ERA
  • Emma Kelly – COO of ERA
  • Martin Freer - T-ERA theme leader
  • Dave Mullins - I-ERA theme leader
  • Andrew Dainty – ERA learning academy

Book your place here

For any questions, please contact Dr Maggy Heintz,

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