A new £8.5 million centre, designed to promote innovation in waste, energy, and low carbon vehicle systems has been officially opened at Tyseley Energy Park (TEP).
The Birmingham Energy Innovation Centre (BEIC) is part of an overall programme of more than £20 million invested to deliver energy innovation activities at TEP.
It received £7 million of funding from the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP).
The building was opened by Andy Street, Mayor, West Midlands Combined Authority, along with Tim Pile, Chair of GBSLEP and University of Birmingham Vice Chancellor Professor Sir David Eastwood.
The Rt Hon Rachael Maclean, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport and MP for Redditch voiced her support of the BEIC via a video message.
Rachael Maclean said:
Warmest congratulations to the University of Birmingham on the launch of the Birmingham Energy Innovation Centre. Last year, the Prime Minister set out an ambitious 10-point plan for a green industrial revolution.
We recognise the University of Birmingham Energy Institute is bolding delivering sustainable energy research and driving innovations to support our decarbonisation targets and Birmingham is showing itself to be a UK leader in research, technology and innovation. The Birmingham Energy Innovation Centre is the next successful chapter in this story.
Tim Pile, Chairman, Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) said:
This project is a fantastic example of the way in which Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) is driving forwards inclusive and sustainable economic growth across the region.
Our unique triple helix structure of bringing together businesses, local government and academic partners has enabled us to make targeted investments on Tyseley Energy Park.
Professor Sir David Eastwood, Vice Chancellor of the University of Birmingham, said:
The cutting-edge work in waste, energy and low carbon vehicle delivered by the Birmingham Energy Centre systems will help deliver a greener and cleaner ecosystem for Birmingham and the West Midlands.
We’re particularly grateful to the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership for their financial support in building this Centre as well as to Birmingham City Council for their ongoing support. We’re looking forward to working with all our partners to drive forward this important research.
The BEIC will focus particularly on hydrogen and fuel cells, energy storage, magnet and battery recycling and converting waste to fuels and energy.
Innovations developed at the Centre will spin out into the city and region and national and international markets.
The Centre will also offer students from the university, schools and colleges the opportunity to get involved with projects in and around the East Birmingham area.
These projects will range from supporting the acceleration of the research at the Birmingham Energy Institute through to education and engaging with the community.