£30mn for grid scale energy storage research in U.K.


David Willetts,
Minister for
and Science
London, U.K. — (METERING.COM) — July 22, 2013 – £30 million has been awarded in grants for grid scale energy storage research in U.K., as part of funding towards ‘eight great technologies’ identified by government to drive national growth.

The projects being funded are:

  • Energy storage for low carbon grids – £14.3 million to Imperial College London, University of Birmingham, University of Cambridge, Cardiff University, Newcastle University, University of Oxford, University of Sheffield, University of St Andrews, and University College London
  • Grid connected energy storage research demonstrator – £4.9 million to University of Sheffield, Aston University, and University of Southampton
  • Manchester-Liverpool advanced grid-scale energy storage R&D facilities – £3.3 million to University of Manchester and University of Liverpool
  • Centre for cryogenic energy storage – £5.9 million to University of Birmingham and University of Hull
  • ThermExS Lab: thermal energy storage lab – £1.7 million to Loughborough University, University of Nottingham, and University of Warwick.

With additional funding contributions of £9.8 million from higher education institutions and £5.8 million from industrial partners, the total investment in the projects will be £45.6 million.

“For Britain to get ahead in the global race we have to back emerging technologies and ensure our universities have the latest equipment,” said Minister for Universities and Science, David Willetts. “This capital investment will help scientists make new discoveries and take their research through to commercial success. It will drive growth and support the government’s industrial strategy.”

The other two technologies funded in this round were robotics and autonomous systems, and advanced materials.