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Energy Futures

Our Energy Futures programme covers a range of specialist areas in the low carbon landscape with research focussed on:

  • New energy technologies for buildings and vehicles
  • Generation, storage and use of hydrogen

We have invested £17.2m in new equipment and facilities at the University of Birmingham and the University of Warwick.

We welcome businesses of all sizes to access our state-of-the-art research and testing facilities, expertise and work with us on collaborative research.

Projects and research

There are two projects in the Energy Futures programme, each containing several research themes:

1. Energy efficiency

  • Fuel combustemption and optical diagnostics
  • Future engines and fuels
  • Hybrid electric powertrains
  • Hybrid electric powertrain systems for rail and heavy vehicle applications
  • Power and control systems
  • Power electronics and silicon carbide
  • Smart grids
  • Solar and thermal technologies

2. Hydrogen

  • Hydrogen Materials
  • Hydrogen Storage
  • Fuel Cell Technologies
  • BioFuels
  • Waste to Energy
  • Electric/Hybrid Vehicles


What we can offer businesses

  • Independent product verification
  • Consultancy services including technical support, problem solving and product development
  • Advice on funding and grants
  • Strategic partnering
  • Contract and collaborative research, including multi-partner projects
  • IP licensing and patents
  • Knowledge transfer partnerships, including placements or studentships
  • Bespoke training and development for employees, one-to-one or in groups