13-17 JANUARY 2020

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ERA is the biggest energy research partnership in the UK, with government and industrial funding of £180m to develop new energy research facilities, laboratories and large-scale demonstration projects. 

The visitors from the Energy Research Accelerator (ERA) - comprising ten academics and five business development specialists -visited Beijing, Nanjing and Hangzhou during the week.

While in China, ERA academics took part in events hosted by:

• University of Science and Technology Beijing – Monday 13th January
• Tsinghua University, Beijing – Tuesday 14th January
• Jiangsu Industrial Technology Research Institute, Nanjing – Wednesday 15th January
• Zheijang Science and Technology Department, Hangzhou – Thursday 16th January

The representatives from ERA also discussed their research and explored collaboration opportunities in a number of research areas. These included:

• Wind Energy and Compressed Air Energy Storage
• Artificial Intelligence and Smart Energy
• Decarbonising transport from cars to freight vehicles
• Viability of emerging energy technologies
• Energy integration
• Thermal energy storage for heat, power and mobility
• Hydrothermal carbonisations: wet waste to solid biofuels
• Electro-chemicals and liquid salts

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The academic representatives from ERA were:

  • Professor Martin Freer, ERA Director, University of Birmingham
  • Professor Robert Steinberger-Wilckens, University of Birmingham
  • Professor Yulong Ding, University of Birmingham
  • Professor Seamus Garvey, University of Nottingham
  • Professor Colin Snape, University of Nottingham
  • Professor George Zheng Chen, University of Nottingham
  • Professor Jon McKechnie, University of Nottingham
  • Dr Ming Li, University of Nottingham
  • Dr Murray Thomson, Loughborough University
  • Professor Zhong Fan, Keele University

The professional services and business development staff included:

  • Jason Feehily, University of Nottingham
  • Min Rose, University of Nottingham
  • Dr Bing Liu, University of Birmingham
  • Faye McAnulla, Energy Research Accelerator
  • Nick King, Energy Research Accelerator


Download the China Green Energy Mission brochure

Download the China Green Energy Mission slidepack

Download the China Green Energy Mission Press Release

Download the UK-China Green Innovation Forum  - Green is Great Press Release

Download the Zhejiang-UK Green Energy match-making conference Press Release

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ERA also ran a special ‘Science on Tap’ public engagement event on Monday 13th January in Beijing. The event was on the subject of A Net-Zero World: Powered, Heated and Cooled by Renewables which is part of the Green is GREAT campaign run by the British Embassy in China on behalf of the UK Science and Innovation Network.

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