The University of Birmingham has announced that construction has commenced on a £7mn sustainable energy research and innovation centre.
On 18 May, it explained that the Birmingham Energy Innovation Centre (BEIC), based at Tyseley Energy Park, will promote innovation in energy, waste and low carbon vehicle systems across the West Midlands. The facility will be home to research and development, benchmarking and validation, business support, manufacturing systems integration, and modelling expertise across the energy, waste and transportation system sectors. It will aim to stimulate collaborative research and development projects to overcome local energy and low carbon transport challenges, working with existing energy and transportation system stakeholders, to demonstrate new and emerging technologies.
The centre will also stimulate investment into the energy and low carbon and emissions transportation markets, the university said, by bringing large global energy companies together with early stage researchers and SMEs with innovative ideas. This will lead to rapid scaling of technological innovations and commercialisation of new energy technologies and systems.
Professor Sir David Eastwood, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Birmingham, said: “The Birmingham Energy Innovation Centre will make the city of Birmingham a leader in addressing key energy challenges, including the decarbonisation of energy, providing a clean transport system for the city and developing sustainable ways of dealing with waste. These are challenges faced by many other cities across the UK and we expect that the breakthroughs achieved by the BEIC here in Birmingham will be applied more widely in this country and also globally.”