UK green energy experts bid to build partnerships in China

The 15-strong delegation of academics and business development specialists are all members of the Energy Research Accelerator

A group of green energy experts from the UK has been in China this week, seeking to build new partnerships in the sector.

The 15-strong delegation of academics and business development specialists are all members of the Energy Research Accelerator (ERA), a partnership of eight research-intensive universities based in the Midlands.

We’re very keen to meet with people who want to collaborate with us in the future, in order to develop and commercialise renewable energy technologies
 – Professor Martin Freer, ERA director

ERA claims to be the biggest collaboration into energy research partnership in the UK, with £180m funding from state and industry to develop new energy research facilities, laboratories and large-scale demonstration projects.

“We are all looking forward to meeting representatives from businesses, universities and government,” said ERA director, Professor Martin Freer, ahead of the visit.

“We’re very keen to meet with people who want to collaborate with us in the future, in order to explore new opportunities and develop and commercialise renewable energy technologies in both China and the UK.”


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The mission to China – organised by the Asia Business Centre at University of Nottingham, in partnership with Birmingham Energy Institute – was expected to meet with more than 200 representatives from the country’s energy industry, with topics for discussion including wind energy, smart energy, decarbonising transport, emerging energy technologies,  thermal energy storage, and hydrothermal carbonisations.

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