The UK government has set a target of reducing CO2 emissions by 80% by 2050.

To achieve this, businesses and universities will need to work closely together in order to undertake research, development, and demonstration which will lead to new solutions and reduce the costs of low carbon energy.

By investing in new facilities and bringing together the expertise and resources of six leading universities and the British Geological Survey, the Energy Research Accelerator enables industry to work with academia to develop solutions to the energy challenges facing the world today.

23 State-of-the-art facilities
ERA services
ERA services

Supporting your R&D

Our partners have facilities and expertise to support you with research in:

  • Energy generation: Including hydrogen, photovoltaics, bioenergy, hydrothermal carbonisation and more.

  • Energy storage: Hydrogen storage, battery storage, mechanical and thermo-mechanical storage and more.

  • Energy integration: Flexible energy systems, thermal energy and distribution, power electronics and control, gas use and distribution.

  • Energy use: Community energy schemes, heating and cooling, energy in the built environment, transport.

Access to unrivalled facilities

ERA has invested millions of pounds into state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, providing new opportunities for businesses to undertake small or large scale testing, product development, modelling, and undertaking large scale demonstrators to prove concepts in real world environments.

This is a list of all of the facilities funded by the Energy Research Accelerator. If you are interested in more information about any of them please contact us.

Advanced Biomass
High Performance
Compression and Expansion
Factory In a Box
Advanced Insulation,
Glazing and Solar Lab
Hot and Cold Thermal
Materials Laboratory
Multidisciplinary Laboratory
Battery and second Life
Battery Testing
Hybrid Cryogenic Engine
New Cell Chemistries,
Electrolytes and Materials
Battery Cell Manufacturing
(cylindrical and pouch)
Hydrogen Systems Test Bed Solid Loop Adsorber
Battery Materials Laboratory Hydro-Thermal
Carbonisation Rig (CPL
Thermal Analysis
Technologies Laboratory
British Geological Survey –
Geoenergy Test Bed
Integrated Energy Storage
Testing and Validation
Thermal Belt Demonstrator
Hardware in the Loop
Latent Heat Energy Storage
Community Energy
Demonstrator (Trent Basin)

Providing world class research expertise

With impressive, modern facilities and a wide breadth of academic interests, ERA’s partners are able to offer businesses research expertise in a multitude of areas in energy, ranging from technologies in energy transformation to storage through to supporting the development of solutions for energy integration and end use applications.

Developing future energy leaders

These are challenging times, the global business landscape is being reshaped and rebuilt, particularly in the energy sector. Any business is only as good as its people and that is why ERA is investing in the next generation of energy leaders. Our doctoral training programme provides an opportunity for talented researchers to work with industrial specialists to develop novel ideas and provide practical solutions to global energy issues.

Business networking opportunities

We run a number of free events which bring together people with an interest in specific technologies and opportunities. On occasions we also bring businesses together to make a joint bid for government funding for energy projects.

Access to international markets

We work with partners across the world. We can help you to establish links with businesses, universities and government organisations in overseas markets.

To find out more about our services to business, contact our Marketing Manager, Nick King. Email: