A £60m funding boost for Midlands Universities

car-to-go-203020_640A multimillion research hub is about to be created, building on the expertise of six leading universities in the Midlands, including the University of Nottingham.

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The Government has confirmed that it will give £60m for a new energy research project – called The Energy Research Accelerator – as part of social investments.

The research will focus on making new energy technologies commercially viable. It will also develop new ways of reducing energy costs in manufacturing.

The next generation of electric cars would benefit from the research and the University of Nottingham will lead on G-ERA, the Geo-Energy Research Accelerator.

0130_-_England,_Nottingham,_Trent_Building_HDR_-HQ-Professor Sir David Greenaway, who’s the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Nottingham, said that it is “an outstanding opportunity for Nottingham and the ERA consortium as a whole, underlying its status as the Midlands powerhouse for energy research.”

He also said, the ERA has the potential to transform not only the UK’s energy performance, but also the UK’s economic performance.

Nottingham University is expected to research solar energy and shale gas, as well as carbon-capture technologies.

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