The British Geological Survey has joined the Midlands Energy Consortium (MEC) along with the Universities of Birmingham, Loughborough, Nottingham and Warwick.
The combined portfolio of the Midlands Energy Consortium is approximately £332M of income associated with energy research since 2008, with about 15% (£50M) derived from industrial sources; it has a base of approximately 400 energy academics which supports over 1000 postgraduate students linked to energy research. In the last 5 years the Midlands Energy Consortium has provided support to the UK government in the form of reports, research and advice. By leveraging the combined research bases, expertise and capability of staff and students together with utilising the existing operational test facilities and working with industrial partnerships, the Midlands Energy Consortium is keen to extend the UK’s reputation for leading the world in high class and impactful energy research.
Across the Midlands Energy Consortium there are research strengths in energy generation from nuclear, fossil energy and from renewable energy technologies. There is expertise in energy storage and distribution and there are capabilities in reducing energy demand, particularly from the built environment. The energy research expertise within the Midlands Energy Consortium comes from a range of academic disciplines ranging from engineering and the physical sciences through to economics and social sciences. The inclusion of the BGS brings a complementary strength in energy geology that enhances greatly the Consortium’s capabilities. There are already a number of collaborations between BGS and institutions in the MEC. These include the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Carbon Capture and Storage and Cleaner Fossil Energy in which BGS is a member and the Integrated, Market-fit and Affordable Grid-scale Energy Storage (IMAGES). We hope to grow the number of collaborations of this type involving BGS as a result of its membership of the Consortium.
Dr Helen Turner, the MEC Director, is a regular visitor to the BGS campus at Keyworth and would be delighted to meet with members of staff from BGS to explore how they can actively participate in the Midlands Energy Consortium and how they can build new research collaborations with the other Midlands Energy Consortium Members. For more information about the energy research capabilities at each of the MEC members you can see details on their energy web pages:
Contact Dr Helen Turner 01509 228494