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HyDEX – developing midlands hydrogen economy
HyDEX is supporting and fostering the creation of a new hydrogen industrial economy in the Midlands. This is being achieved by working with SMEs, established Midlands-based and UK commercial partners, and multinationals to accelerate innovation, build markets and support the required skills transition.
Battery Innovation at University of Warwick
The Energy Research Accelerator’s biggest single investment in a facility was the Energy Innovation Centre at WMG at Warwick University.
Cranfield’s green hydrogen demonstrators
Cranfield’s Hydrogen Research Network and the HyPER project, is exploring bulk hydrogen production by Sorbent Enhanced Steam Reforming (SESR)
Energy for space exploration
In energy, the University of Leicester, is leading the development of radioisotope thermoelectric generators and heater units as part of a European Space Agency (ESA) programme.
Gasification and urban biochar demonstrators
Aston University’s Energy and Bioproducts Research Institute (EBRI) hosts a unique Gasification Pilot Plant which is a distributed renewable energy demonstrator.
ERA partner, the British Geological Survey has created sub-surface observatories and scanning facilities to enable researchers to develop systems and technologies that can take advantage of the substantial renewable energy resources under our feet.
H2GVMids – a feasibility study for hydrogen freight
The Midlands has the highest concentration of road and rail freight in the UK. Clean, hydrogen powered heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) could become a reality on UK roads in the future. Hydrogen fuel cell trucks have the advantage of being quicker to re-fuel than electric vehicles, have a longer range and can carry more than electric powered trucks. ERA has completed a feasibility study for the transition to hydrogen powered HGVs
Keele’s Energy Demonstrators
Keele has a history of energy demonstration and experimentation. This includes the first trial for hydrogen blending in a gas network in the UK, known as HyDEPLOY, which successfully demonstrated the potential of blending 20% hydrogen with natural gas.
Midlands Green Innovation Network – a network for SMEs
The Midlands Green Innovation Network has been launched by ERA together with the Midlands Engine and Federation of Small Businesses. It aims to provide small businesses with the support they need in order to maximise their sustainability and to provide the support they need to develop green products and services.
Midlands Nuclear – cluster of nuclear organisations in the region
The Energy Research Accelerator has launched Midlands Nuclear, a body which aims to bring together the nuclear industry with the suppliers, researchers and skills providers in the Midlands. The aim of Midlands Nuclear is to work on behalf of these stakeholders and the wider region, to make the case for increased and sustained investment into Nuclear and related industries in the Midlands.
Modern Energy Cooking Services
Loughborough University’s Modern Energy Cooking Services (MECS) programme is leveraging investment in renewable energies (both grid and off-grid) to address the clean cooking challenge.
Trent Basin – community energy demonstrator
Trent Basin is a housing development with 76 energy-efficient dwellings which form an active energy community. This is soon to be joined by a further 100 homes and a school.
Tyseley Energy Park – energy innovation zone
Tyseley Energy Park (TEP), is an Energy Innovation Zone being developed in the City of Birmingham to help drive the transformation of the city to meet its plan for decarbonisation and the development of a clean air zone and was supported by ERA with its first phase funding.