The West Midlands region faces severe energy, business and social challenges; energy poverty is the worst in the UK; there is a high concentration of intensive manufacturing; poor quality air and areas of electricity grid constraint. To work towards overcoming these challenges the University of Birmingham has invested in to Tyseley Energy Park (TEP).
TEP, developed by Webster and Horsfall’s 300 year old manufacturing business, is set to become the energy and waste nexus for the city of Birmingham, showing how novel energy technologies can form an innovative industrial ecology. It will help shape the way the City of Birmingham develops infrastructure for renewable heat and power, energy storage, clean transport fuels in combination with advanced waste processing.
The potential of TEP is vast and by working in collaboration with world class partners, TEP plans to develop a Distributed Energy System that will include renewable and low carbon generation. This will result in a shift away from the use of fossil fuels for energy generation and deliver a greener and cleaner ecosystem for Birmingham and the West Midlands.
At TEP the University of Birmingham will build an innovation hub that will provide businesses with the chance to develop their technology in collaboration with university staff at the energy park. This hub will be a centre for training associated with state-of-the-art energy, waste and low-carbon transport systems.
Speaking of the recent investment, Professor Martin Freer, from the University of Birmingham, Director of the Birmingham Energy Institute: ‘We are extremely excited by the opportunity of working with Webster and Horsfall in the development of Tyseley Energy Park. This is a fantastic opportunity for the University to put back into the City of Birmingham as it develops as a place which is at the centre of the energy transition in the UK; the Energy Capital.’
David Horsfall, Webster and Horsfall added: ‘We are delighted to welcome the University of Birmingham to Tyseley Energy Park and by working together we have a great opportunity to create clean energy technologies and infrastructure. We recognise that the University of Birmingham is one of the top Universities in the UK and by working in collaboration with both the public and private sector as well as a world class academic institution, Tyseley Energy Park will drive forward change and attract major investment into this region.
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