The Energy Technologies Institute

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In the 2006 Budget, Gordon Brown stated:“After discussions with some of the world’s biggest energy companies, they have agreed to work in partnership to create, for Britain, a new energy and environmental research institute, and for it to become, for Britain, at the cutting edge of science and engineering.”

The Energy Technologies Institute’s (ETI) remit is to invest in research and development to accelerate the development of secure, reliable and cost-effective low-carbon energy technologies towards commercial deployment. The Institute will play a major role in technology developments internationally in support of the UK’s climate change goals.

 What is the Energy Technologies Institute?

The ETI was formally established on the 17th December 2007 as a 50:50 public-private partnership. The Government has already announced that it is prepared to commit up to £550 million, creating the potential for a £1.1 billion Institute over 10 years. Some of the world’s biggest energy and engineering companies are already involved in this ‘unique’ venture and helping to drive the initiative forward – BP, Caterpillar, EDF Energy, E.ON UK, Rolls-Royce and Shell. Additional private sector partners are being identified to match the Government’s commitment of up to £550m over the next decade.

On 20 September 2007, the public and private sector partners signed a Heads of Agreement to establish the ETI and the Rt Hon John Denham MP, Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills announced that the ETI Shadow Board had agreed to:

1. the appointment of Dr David Clarke as ETI Chief Executive; and

2. the selection of the Midlands Consortium, led by Loughborough University with Birmingham and Nottingham, to host ETI Headquarters.

3. Programmes cover Offshore Wind and Marine, Tidal & Wave technologies

4. Major collaboration with the Carbon Trust on Offshore Wind programme

ETI Chief Executive, David Clarke, said that the decision to work with the Carbon Trust on offshore wind reflects one of the core principles of the ETI, “We are delighted to be working with the Carbon Trust on our very first research and technology programme. Collaboration is at the heart of the ETI’s ethos, both through our public/private partnership structure, but also through our intention to work with those organisations which share a common vision of a low carbon energy landscape.

ETI partners

In addition, the ETI, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and the Technology Strategy Board  (TSB) have been working in close collaboration to ensure the UK develops a coordinated research, development and demonstration portfolio of projects across the energy sector.

The TSB say, ‘With a leading role in UK innovation, we help to build and maintain the country’s global competitiveness …. where new technology is applied rapidly and effectively to create wealth.’

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