New Innovation Centre will promote green energy systems in the West Midlands
Construction has begun at a new University of Birmingham sustainable energy research and innovation centre based at Tyseley Energy Park
The centre will promote innovation in low carbon vehicle systems, waste, and energy across the West Midlands.
The £7 million Birmingham Energy Innovation Centre (BEIC) is funded by the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP). It will be the home of R&D, benchmarking and validation, business support, manufacturing systems integration and modelling expertise across the (public/private/academic) energy, waste and transportation systems sectors all in the one facility.
Working with existing energy and transportation system stakeholders, the BEIC will stimulate collaborative research and development projects to overcome local energy and low carbon transport challenges, demonstrating new and emerging technologies.
By supporting the development and deployment of these new technologies at scale, the BEIC can help decarbonise the electricity and heat and improve the environmental performance of the city as it seeks to achieve net zero CO2 emissions by 2030.
The Centre will also stimulate investment into the energy and low carbon and emissions transportation markets by bringing large global energy firms together with early stage researchers and SMEs with innovative ideas. Together, these stakeholders will rapidly scale technological innovations and commercialise new energy technologies and systems.