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14 October 2008 - PR 08/143

Experts present latest thinking on green energy at conference

Some of the country’s leading experts in green energy technologies are to present their current thinking at a conference being hosted this week by the Midlands Energy Consortium – a group comprised of the universities of Birmingham, Loughborough and Nottingham.

Delegates from across the UK will gather on 15 October at Loughborough University to hear the views of leaders from industry and academia on the generation and application of new, cleaner energies.

The conference will address four issues – clean fossil energy and power generation, the development of an electrical infrastructure for the future, sustainable energy use in housing and its construction, and the application of new energy technologies in transport.

Helen Fletcher, manager of the Midlands Energy Consortium, says: “This is the first in a series of events being hosted by the Consortium. Our aim is to communicate the very latest in green energy research and development, and to reinforce the Consortium partners’ positions as leaders in energy research.”

The Midlands Energy Consortium was responsible for bringing the ETI to the region. Established in December 2007, and jointly funded by Government and industry, the ETI aims 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.

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Notes for editors:

  1. Further information about the Midlands Energy Consortium can be found at www.midlandsenergyconsortium.org/

    Financial support for the Midlands Energy Consortium was provided, in a unique cross-border arrangement, by both Advantage West Midlands and the East Midlands Development Agency (emda).

  2. University of Birmingham
    The University of Birmingham has around 27,000 students and 6,000 members of staff and a turnover of £360 million.  Birmingham ranks 5th in the UK for research excellence; in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise, seven areas of the university’s research achieved the six star rating.

    Energy-related research at Birmingham includes projects on hydrogen and fuel cells, future engines and future fuels for vehicles, energy efficiency in the built environment, and a wide range of materials work.  The Institute for Energy Research and Policy was established in 2005 to coordinate energy research across the university, and to highlight the wider implications of technological developments.

  3. Loughborough University
    Loughborough has an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry and unrivalled sporting achievement.

    It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top fifteen of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2008 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top five universities in the UK, with 22 out of 30 of its subject areas being ranked in the top ten for overall satisfaction.

    It was named winner of the 2006 and 2007 Times Higher award for the UK’s Best Student Experience and winner of the 2007 award for Outstanding Support for Overseas Students. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen’s Anniversary Prizes – an achievement bettered by no other institution.

  4. University of Nottingham
    The University of Nottingham is ranked in the UK’s Top 10 and the World’s Top 100 universities by the Shanghai Jiao Tong (SJTU) and Times Higher (THES) World University Rankings.

    It provides innovative and top quality teaching, undertakes world-changing research, and attracts talented staff and students from 150 nations. Described by The Times as Britain’s “only truly global university”, it has invested continuously in award-winning campuses in the United Kingdom, China and Malaysia.

    Twice since 2003 its research and teaching academics have won Nobel Prizes. The University has won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in both 2006 (International Trade) and 2007 (Innovation – School of Pharmacy).

    Its students are much in demand from ‘blue-chip’ employers. Winners of Students in Free Enterprise for four years in succession, and current holder of UK Graduate of the Year, they are accomplished artists, scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, innovators and fundraisers. Nottingham graduates consistently excel in business, the media, the arts and sport. Undergraduate and postgraduate degree completion rates are amongst the highest in the United Kingdom.

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