New £21 million energy research centre to boost UK low-carbon transition


The UK has announced the development of a new £21 million (€23,496,953) energy research centre to support the country’s net-zero transition.

The University of Sheffield has been awarded the funding for the Translational Energy Research Centre, which will form part of the university’s recently launched Energy Institute and its 300 academics, who will work with industry leaders to solve challenges facing the country’s energy future.

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The centre will develop next generation, affordable carbon capture technologies, and allow global companies and startups access to advanced testing facilities, and to collaborate with academics for the further development of renewable energy, bioenergy, and smart grid technologies.

The country’s Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has granted £7 million in funding, and the European Regional Development Fund has committed £10 million towards the centre.

Energy and Clean Growth Minister Chris Skidmore said: “Cutting edge technology to capture carbon will cut emissions as we work towards a net zero economy, while creating new jobs – a key part of our modern Industrial Strategy.

“The Translational Energy Research Centre represents a major milestone in efforts to rollout carbon capture at scale by the 2030s.”