Can you help the Midlands become low-carbon industrial cluster by 2030? Take the challenge!

About Energy 100

The Energy 100 Challenge is a problem-solving challenge run by the Energy Research Accelerator (ERA) to help PhD students and post-doctoral researchers develop soft skills whilst tackling a real-life Energy related problem. The problem will be based on the UK's Industrial Strategy mission to “Establish the world’s first net-zero carbon industrial cluster by 2040 and at least 1 low-carbon cluster by 2030.

This workshop is for you if want to improve the way you identify problems, generate solutions and make decisions whilst tackling a real-life energy related problem, you will:

  • discover your problem-solving style, using the Foursight preference test
  • gain experience on how to work more successfully with collaborators from a variety of backgrounds who have a different problem-solving style to you
  • gain experience of tackling a real world problem in a multidisciplinary way
  • gain experience of working in an online environment
  • increase your network of contacts
  • have the opportunity to compete for a fully funded place at a two-day interactive problem solving workshop held at Loughborough University on 2 and 3 April

The Process

The Energy 100 Challenge will reach out widely during the on-line phase to engage a broad group of people (approx. 100-150 participants) before narrowing the field to 15-20 participants who will be invited to a two-day practical problem-solving workshop on 2 and 3 April 2020 at Loughborough University.

Online phase (February to March)

• Registered participants will be invited to consider the above question. They will be sent a Google forms link to capture this data - this is a divergent phase.
• Responses will be collated and sent out again to participants to cluster order to identify core themes.
• Cluster/s to explore further will be determined
• A subset of participants will be invited to participate in a virtual MicroLab to explore the chosen problem area using Zoom.

Evaluation phase (March)

• Participants with a VIP ticket (i.e. first 100 to register) that have registered with a university email address aligned to an ERA partner university will be invited to take the on-line Foursight preference test free of charge.

The Creative Thinking Course (April)

This is a 2-day workshop investigating the problem
Approx. 15 participants from a mix of disciplines/backgrounds
Participants of the two day workshop will also have the opportunity to present their proposal to leaders in the Energy sectors. Members of the team that is voted to have the best proposal will each win a £25 Amazon voucher. 


Additional information


Lennie Foster
T: 01509 223623