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Research Councils UK Energy Programme For a Low Carbon Energy Future Samantha Riches
The Energy Landscape Public Sector organisations working together to provide coordinated activity and a complete innovation chain. Coordinated through the Low Carbon Innovation Group led by DECC.
The Research Councils UK Energy Programme 7 Research Councils under the RCUK umbrella. Each research council funds world class research and training in their area through a number of mechanisms. However the big research challenges over the next 10 to 20 years require novel, multidisciplinary approaches in order to tackle them. To achieve this there are seven cross council programmes coordinate the delivery of multidisciplinary research in priority areas. – Ageing: lifelong health and wellbeing – Digital Economy – Energy – – Food Security Global uncertainties; security for all in a changing world Living with environmental change Nano. Science through Engineering to Application
The Research Councils UK Energy Programme The Research Councils working together to plan, develop and deliver energy research and training within a common strategic framework. The Councils working together strategically over the last three spending reviews. Brings together all our energyrelated activities. High level input from a Scientific Advisory Committee: industry, academic, TSB, DECC & BIS representation. Links to other Research Council priority themes such as Living with Environmental Change and Global Uncertainties. STFC Working EPSRC together across the Councils to plan and support NERC energy ESRC research and training BBSRC
Mission To position the UK to meet its energy and environmental targets and policy goals through high quality research and postgraduate training. Key Targets: 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. 15% of energy from renewable sources by 2020. Increases in energy efficiency. Drivers: Tackling climate change by reducing carbon dioxide emissions both within the UK and abroad. Ensuring energy security. Ensuring energy affordability.
Our Objectives To support a full spectrum of Energy research to help the UK meet the objectives and targets set out in the 2007 Energy White Paper To work in partnership to contribute to the research and postgraduate training needs of energy-related business and other key stakeholders To increase the international visibility and level of international collaboration within the UK energy research Portfolio. To expand the UK research capacity in energy-related areas.
Investment Routes Funding through universities / institutes Managed and responsive mechanisms – use independent expert guidance to help us make investment decisions Partnership with industry and other stakeholders – publicise our involvement – do not enter into exclusive agreements
Note: excludes ETI
Working In Partnership With business, government, academia and other organisations to achieve major advances in energy research, development and demonstration. Research Consortia building with Industry – e. g. SUPERGEN. Strategic Alignment e. g. Nuclear letter of Arrangement Group. Direct partnerships / joint activities e. g E. ON, EDF, Sustrans, ABB, Scottish Power. Collaboration with public sector partners – ETI, TSB, Carbon Trust, DECC, Defra, DFID, Df. T, BIS. International collaborations e. g. India, China, US
Examples of Current Activities SUPERGEN £ 62 m – 14 consortia, 38 academic partners, 80+ business and other collaborators. – Currently undergoing renewal to ‘hub’ structure (networks, marine and bioenergy first to go over) CCS – CCS network (www. ukccsc. co. uk) – Consortia in ecosystems impact of geological storage Grand Challenges – Transport and networks UKERC (http: //www. ukerc. ac. uk) – Focal point for UK research in sustainable energy – Independent and whole systems aproach drawing on engineering, economics, physical environmental and social sciences. – Summer schools
Capacity Building Providing focused support for training centres in our priority areas (£ 50 M investment). With over 100 collaborators. Centres for Doctoral Training: 7 multidisciplinary centres bringing together diverse areas of expertise to train scientists and engineers with the skills, knowledge and confidence to tackle today’s challenges covering: Whole Systems Nuclear Fission and Fusion Renewables Energy Demand Reduction Low Carbon technologies. Industrial Doctorate Centres: 5 centres each equipping 50 students with the business skills they require to turn pioneering ideas into products and services covering: Nuclear Engineering Energy Demand Reduction Transport and the Environment Urban Sustainability and Resilience Carbon Capture and Storage.
Public engagement An integral part of our programme. We aim to… Ensure that the Energy Programme decision making is informed by public attitudes, and that research is commissioned with an awareness of societal issues. Encourage researchers funded by the programme to engage with the public and to participate in activities that benefit the relationship between science and society, and support and reward those who do so. Increase public awareness of the developments, achievements and impacts that flow from Energy Research. Engage young people with contemporary research to enhance their experience of science, encouraging more to pursue science studies beyond 16 and follow R&D careers, and enabling more to act as informed citizens.
Public Engagement Next Steps in 2010 A review into existing literature regarding public attitudes to low carbon energy. Increased emphasis in SAC advice Workshops for researchers CDT network
Current and Forthcoming Activities Structure for successor to SUPERGEN to be announced and first phase commissioned (with TSB) – networks, marine, bioenergy Transport Grand Challenges. – Energy storage in transport – call summer 2010 – Understanding incentives for transport behaviour change – ideas factory Nov/Dec 2010 Capacity Building: CDT network, annual meeting of energy CDT administrators and directors. Public Engagement: Research synthesis. Workshops planned for early 2011 International: Joint programmes planned with China, India Nuclear – geo-waste. Networks grand challenge – preparing the UKs energy infrastructure for 2050 – – Flexible grids Uncertainty and complexity Integrated infrastructure Game changing network technologies
Other Relevant Activities Mathematics Underpinning Digital Economy and Energy – Up to £ 5 million. It is anticipated that between 7 and 12 proposals will be funded Objectives – To support novel and ambitious research with potential application to research challenges in DE and Energy mission programmes. – To support cross-disciplinary collaborations that develop and apply novel mathematical tools and techniques to provide solutions to the research challenges of the DE and Energy programmes. – To promote greater engagement and knowledge exchange between the mathematical sciences research community, other disciplines and the application areas. Call closes 4 pm on Thursday 1 st July 2010. If you have any questions regarding the call please contact: Vivienne Blackstone (vivienne. [email protected] ac. uk)
Further information www. rcuk. ac. uk/energy
International Review of Energy The review will consist of data analysis, a public consultation and input from an international panel of experts. The Review will be used to benchmark the strength of UK research activity in the area of energy compared to other research in this area around the world. Panel visit w/c 24 th Oct 2010
samantha. [email protected] ac. uk
Energy-related CDTs and contacts Wind Energy Systems (Strathclyde) – Neil Bateman Hydrogen, Fuel Cells and their applications (Birmingham) – Samantha Riches Interdisciplinary energy research – E-Futures (Sheffield) – Samantha Riches Technologies for a Low Carbon Future (Leeds) – Jacqui Williams Efficient Fossil Energy Technologies (Nottingham) – Jacqui Williams Nuclear fission research, science and technology DTC (Nuclear Fi. RST) (Manchester) – Stephen Elsby IDC in nuclear engineering (Manchester) – Stephen Elsby Energy demand reduction and built environment (UCL) – Dave Holtum Energy Futures Lab (Imperial) – Nick Cook Fusion Doctoral Training Network (York) – Andrew Wright Multidisciplinary Centre for Doctoral Training in Energy (Durham) – Andrew Wright Centre in Sustainability for engineering and energy (Surrey) – Dave Holtum
Energy-related CDTs and EPSRC contacts Wind Energy Systems (Strathclyde) – Neil Bateman Hydrogen, Fuel Cells and their applications (Birmingham) – Samantha Energy-related CDTs and EPSRC contacts Wind Energy Systems (Strathclyde) – Neil Bateman Riches Hydrogen, Fuel Cells and their applications (Birmingham) – Samantha Interdisciplinary energy research – E-Futures (Sheffield) – Samantha Riches Technologies for a Low Carbon Future (Leeds) – Jacqui Williams Efficient Fossil Energy Technologies (Nottingham) – Jacqui Williams Nuclear fission research, science and technology DTC (Nuclear Fi. RST) (Manchester) – Stephen Elsby IDC in nuclear engineering (Manchester) – Stephen Elsby Fi. RST) (Manchester) – Stephen Elsby Energy demand reduction and built environment (UCL) – Dave Holtum IDC in nuclear engineering (Manchester) – Stephen Elsby Energy Futures Lab (Imperial) – Nick Cook Fusion Doctoral Training Network (York) – Andrew Wright Energy demand reduction and built environment (UCL) – Dave Holtum Multidisciplinary Centre for Doctoral Training in Energy (Durham) – Energy Futures Lab (Imperial) – Nick Cook Andrew Wright Centre in Sustainability for engineering and energy (Surrey) – Dave Fusion Doctoral Training Network (York) – Andrew Wright Holtum Multidisciplinary Centre for Doctoral Training in Energy (Durham) – Andrew Wright Centre in Sustainability for engineering and energy (Surrey) – Dave Holtum
Programme Contacts Neil Bateman International Review of Energy, Future Supergen, International Development Research E-mail: neil. [email protected] ac. uk Nick Cook Transport, Conventional Energy, Geoengineering E-mail: nick. [email protected] ac. uk Hannah Foreman Bioenergy E-mail: hannah. [email protected] ac. uk Stephen Elsby Senior Sector Manager, Nuclear Fission E-mail: Stephen. [email protected] ac. uk David Holtum Energy Demand Reduction, Climate Change E-mail: david. [email protected] ac. uk Samantha Riches Energy Networks and Infrastructure, Renewable Energy, Public Engagement in Energy E-mail: samantha. [email protected] ac. uk Jacqui Williams Senior Energy Manager, Carbon Capture and Storage, Communications, Evidence of impact E-mail: jacqui. [email protected] ac. uk Andrew Wright Senior Energy Strategy Manager, Energy Technologies Institute Interface, Fusion E-mail: andrew. [email protected] ac. uk
Networks Grand Challenge Overarching Grand Challenge. The 4 themes are how we plan to do it. Looking for large multidisciplinary collaborative approaches to address a combination of these themes Call out in the summer with an expected end date of Sept/Oct. Funding to be announced March 2011
£ 567 million invested in skills, research and knowledge transfer £ 84 million for doctoral training £ 483 million for research grants
Partnering with ETI: links with energy programme research including: Offshore Wind Projects: – 4 projects announced (helm, Nova, Deep Water, Condition monitoring) with links to SUPERGEN Wind energy technologies consortia. Marine – 3 projects announced (Re. DAPT, Per. AWat, Wetmate Connector) with links to SUPERGEN Marine consortia led by Edinburgh. CCS – National storage capacity appraisal links to research at 5 universities/institutes 12 Universities and Research Institutes are receiving about one third of ETI funding awarded in 2009. EPSRC representatives on working groups, Programme Management Board, Technical Committee and Board.
International visibility & collaboration Sustaining global leadership position in energy research through international cooperation and collaboration. How we do it … Examples of activities include: Four joint calls with China in renewable energies, cleaner fossil fuels, CCS technologies, solar & fuel cells - £ 15 M of UK funding. Joint initiatives with India in solar (£ 10 M) & civil nuclear (£ 1. 2 M). Scoping joint training programme with US on nuclear. Support for international development energy research. Planned joint £ 12 M initiative with India – Bridging the Urban & Rural Divide – 2010/11.
SUPERGEN Supporting research in sustainable power and generation. £ 62 m of support from the Energy Programme and with the Carbon Trust 14 consortia. 38 academic partners. 80+ business and other collaborators. Approach reviewed and wide consultation carried out. Move planned in future to “hub” approach, with associated network and open calls for grand challenges. Networks, marine and bioenergy to be the first to move to new model from 2010/11.
Carbon Capture and Storage Supporting the UK’s commitment to cleaner coal power generation. £ 38 M of CCS current research and capacity building projects. Recent activities: – Industrial Doctoral Training Centre in CCS. – £ 6. 3 M support with E. ON for 4 consortia proposals in carbon capture and transport. – £ 3 M of support for CCS projects in collaboration with China. – Network to take forward the work of UKCCSC (£ 1 M) – Consortia in ecosystems impacts of geological carbon storage, and CCS whole systems (£ 3 M) – Workshop in China in November 2009. Current activities: – Call with NSFC (China) closed April 2010 – US workshops in May 2010
Energy in Transport Growing our portfolio in Transport Research. Walking and Cycling: Strategic Partnership with Sustrans. – Measuring and evaluating the travel, physical activity and carbon impacts of the Connect 2 initiative: Understanding walking and cycling. Visions of the role of Walking and Cycling in 2030. Currently discussing follow up activities. Airport Operations: £ 3. 1 m of projects supported following an Ideas Factory held with Df. T input: – all aspects of Airport Operations from the landing of aircraft, air traffic control, terminal building thermal management and transfers of passengers to and from the airport. Low Carbon Shipping: £ 2. 3 m of new projects Transport Challenge being scoped for a call.
UK Energy Research Centre £ 28 m of support from the Energy Programme. Focal point for UK research on sustainable energy. Independent, whole-systems approach. Bridge between energy research and business, policymakers and international energy research community. Phase II now underway. Highlights Include: Input to energy white papers (including modelling input). Intermittency report. Energy Research Atlas / Road mapping. Meeting place including G 8 meeting. Energy 2050 scenarios. Summer schools.