The new technology and innovation centre, the Energy Systems Catapult, will be located in Birmingham.
The Catapult will focus on exploiting commercial opportunities for new technology-based products and services created by the transformation and improvement of energy networks. This includes electricity, combustible gases and heat. Birmingham is said to be the most advantageous location as the Catapult will benefit from being closely located to a hub of energy systems-focused private, public and academic organisations as well as “good transport links to other parts of the UK where it expects to be involved in energy systems testing and demonstration”. Read more about the UK’s Catapult system:
It is one of two new Catapults set to open from April 2015, the other being the Precision Medicine Catapult. There are currently seven Catapults up and running – High Value Manufacturing, Cell Therapy, Satellite Applications, Future Cities, Digital, Offshore Renewable Energy and Transport Systems. Business secretary Vince Cable said: “The Energy Systems Catapult will make Britain the best place in the world to develop new energy products and services, like local energy systems that can provide an alternative source of power to the national grid. “Locating the Catapult in Birmingham puts it right at the heart of a vibrant energy hub that will bring researchers and businesses together – a key component of bringing new and innovative ideas to market.” ETI CEO Dr David Clarke added: “Our Smart Systems and Heat programme has built the knowledge and capability to design functional long-term local area heating solutions. It is already working with Local Authorities in Bridgend, Manchester and Newcastle, and importantly this engagement with the Energy Systems Catapult allows for that work to continue beyond the end of our current operating model in 2017.” It is expected that the Catapult will open at the ETI’s existing office at Birmingham Business Park, before finding a permanent location in the Birmingham area. Image source By Shané Schutte
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