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28 January 2011 | PR 11/09

Event to help businesses innovate using university expertise in energy

Businesses are invited to an event showcasing cutting edge university expertise in the energy sector.

Organisations from both the private and public sector can find out how to collaborate with experts at the University of Birmingham, Loughborough University, and the University of Nottingham at the event on Friday, March 4, 2011.

The event will showcase the extensive research activities of these three world-class universities, which are brought together by the Midlands Energy Consortium (MEC).

Experts at the three universities are all working in areas which will change the way we generate, store, save and manage energy in the 21st century.

Specific areas of expertise include fuel cells, hydrogen production and storage, solar, wind and biomass energy, clean fossil fuels and carbon abatement technologies, demand reduction and management in buildings, power electronics and electrical networks, sustainable societies: economics, policies, practices and impacts and sustainable transport, advanced engines and systems.

Businesses can find out how to benefit from this expertise through an Energy Networked Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP), a scheme designed to identify, define and solve the challenges facing a business or organisation using the wealth of knowledge at a university while offering all the benefits of being part of a wider network.

Attendees will be able to:

Consortium Manager Dr Helen Turner said: “If your business operates in the energy, transport or sustainability sectors or is reviewing strategic policy in these areas, this event is for you. A partnership with a university can help a business or organisation to innovate and grow, and stay one step ahead of the competition.’’

The event takes place at Sir Denis Rooke Building, Loughborough University, LE11 3TU, from 9.30am to 2pm on Friday, March 4.

The event is free but visitors should register their interest by emailing b.patel@lboro.ac.uk or telephoning 01509 223446.

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For all media enquiries contact:

Sarah Hall
Marketing and Communications Officer
Enterprise Office
Loughborough University
T: 01509 228684
E: s.hall@lboro.ac.uk

Notes for editors:

  1. The Midlands Energy Consortium comprises the University of Birmingham, Loughborough University and the University of Nottingham.

    The consortium, initiated by the universities respective Vice-Chancellors in October 2006, draws on many existing collaborations and recognises the synergies between the three institutions' research activities.

  2. The Energy Networked Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) is a programme which the MEC developed in collaboration with the Energy Generation & Supply Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN).

  3. The event is part-funded by European Regional Development Fund as part of the Accelerating a Low Carbon Economy project. Accelerating a Low Carbon Economy (ALCE) is a high profile, energy based University of Nottingham led project part funded by the European Regional Development Fund. The project aims to catalyse increased business innovation through commercialisation and adoption of sustainable energy technologies. ALCE provides access to unique experimental facilities for conducting research, development and demonstration to regional business and developers of energy technologies. It also offers knowledge transfer opportunities through a graduate placement scheme and collaborative research. For further information on the ALCE contact:

    Melanie Watts, ALCE Project Manager
    T: 0115 846 7668
    E: melanie.watts@nottingham.ac.uk
    www.nottingham.ac.uk/ALCE

  4. Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

    It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2010 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the UK’s Best Student Experience every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

    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.

    It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

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