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14 May 2007 PR 07/68

Loughborough University in running to host £1 billion energy institute

Loughborough University – in partnership with the Universities of Nottingham and Birmingham – has been short-listed to host a new £1 billion national institute to develop clean energies.

The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) is being established to speed up the deployment of new low-carbon energy technologies, including the efficient production and use of energy, in support of the UK’s energy and climate change goals. It will also increase funding and provide a national strategic focus for research and development in this area and promote international technology collaboration.

Funded by Government and industry, the ETI will bring together some of the world’s biggest companies – BP, E.ON UK, Shell, EDF Energy, Rolls-Royce, Caterpillar, and Scottish and Southern Energy Group. Their funding contribution, along with Government, provides the Institute with a potential budget of more than £600 million over 10 years. It is hoped other private companies will get involved to boost the cash pot to £1 billion.

Professor Shirley Pearce, Loughborough University’s Vice Chancellor said: “We are absolutely delighted to be short-listed for the ETI. Our partnership with the Universities of Nottingham and Birmingham, and our close relationship with the East Midlands Development Agency and Advantage West Midlands, puts the Midlands bid in an extremely strong position. This is an incredibly important initiative that will bring together Government, industry and universities to develop and implement green energy technologies.”

Announcing the new initiative today (Monday May 14) Trade and Industry Secretary Alistair Darling said: “The Energy Technologies Institute is a unique venture. With a potential billion pound budget, it is bringing together Government and some of the world’s biggest companies and will help to establish the UK as one of the leaders in global clean energy development.”

Bids to host the Institute were judged on energy research capability, reputation and culture; space, facilities and accessibility; and commitment to the ETI.

The Midland consortium is up against other groups based in the North East, North West, Scotland and Sheffield. Representatives of the funders will now visit each of those short-listed and will make a final recommendation to the ETI Board by early autumn.


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Notes to editors

  1. The other university consortiums short-listed for the ETI are:

    North East Consortium – University of Newcastle with Durham, Northumbria, NaREC (New and Renewable Energy Centre) and the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI)

    North West Consortium – University of Manchester with Lancaster, Liverpool and NWDA (North West Development Agency)

    Energy Technology Partnership from Scotland – Universities of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, St Andrews and Heriot-Watt

    Sheffield University (Advanced Manufacturing Park)

  2. Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry and unrivalled sporting achievement.

    It is a member of the esteemed 1994 Group – a set of internationally recognised, research-intensive universities – and has a reputation for the relevance of its work. Its degree programmes are highly regarded by professional institutions and businesses, and its graduates are consistently targeted by the UK’s top recruiters.

    Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

    In the 2006 National Student Survey, the University gained a top five place, with nine out of Loughborough’s 23 departments topping their subject tables. Loughborough was also placed 6th in the 2007 Times Good University Guide and was named winner of the 2006 THES award for the UK’s Best Student Experience. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded five Queen's Anniversary Prizes – an achievement bettered by no other university

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