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Thermal Energy research is one of three work streams that form the Energy Research Accelerator (ERA), a capital investment of £60million from Government capital funding, supported by an additional £120 million of co-investment secured by industry and academic partners.Thermal energy, both hot and cold, is one of the major energy challenges. The provision of cold, or cooling, is integral to modern society; without it, the supply of food, medicine and data would simply break down. Yet cooling currently consumes large amounts of energy and causes a great deal of pollution.ERA is working collaboratively with the Birmingham Energy Institute, Midlands Innovation universities and other partners, to drive the development and integration of a range of thermal and cryo-energy technologies. These will deliver jobs and apprenticeships, wealth creation and the next generation of scientists and engineers in the energy sector and emerging industries. ERA is working to support thermal and cryogenic research and is both investing in and utilising a number of facilities.
“The Energy Research Accelerator… will put the Midlands at the heart of international energy research and development”
The Right Honourable Sajid Javid MPFormer Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, December 2015