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13 January 2012 | PR 12/6

UK to help developing economies move towards low carbon energy

LCEDN

Experts at Loughborough University are part of a new network designed to link British energy experts to those in developing economies.

The network being launched by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and leading UK energy institutions to ensure the UK’s world-class expertise in sustainable energy solutions helps developing countries achieve their low carbon goals.

The Low Carbon Energy for Development Network (LCEDN), which has been made possible by a £100k grant from DECC, will identify UK-based skills and knowledge that could help developing economies achieve low carbon developments.

LCEDN is led by Durham University Energy Institute (DEI), the Midlands Energy Consortium (comprising Loughborough, Birmingham, and Nottingham universities), Sussex University, Imperial College London and UKERC (UK Energy Research Centre).

The grant will be used by LCEDN to examine the use of new technologies in different developing economies to assess their potential in the creation of low carbon energy.

The research will aid in the transition to low carbon economies, as well as help to tackle the chronic problem of energy poverty.

The network will pinpoint UK strengths, identify where they could be deployed and highlight areas where expertise needs to be further developed, particularly in relation to UK policymakers. It will also identify opportunities for enhancing research collaborations between UK experts and those in other parts of the globe. 

Dr Ed Brown, Associate Director of Loughborough University’s Sustainability Research School and representative of the Midlands Energy Consortium, said:

“The international community is committed to investing significant resources into low carbon energy technologies over the next few years, it is really important that these resources are invested wisely in ways that will truly help meet the energy needs of those currently without access to modern energy services and aid in the transition to a low carbon future.

“This network has been set up to facilitate meaningful research collaboration and interaction that will help to ensure that this occurs.”

Professor Richard Davies, Director of Durham Energy Institute (DEI), said:

"This is another opportunity for the UK in low carbon energy development. There is a lot the UK can offer and the network could be the first step in doing this.”

"It will allow us to meet and work closely with colleagues elsewhere in the world, to understand their priorities and how they are driving their developing economies forward, feeding from each other's expertise.”

Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker said:

“International collaboration on energy research is vital to support low carbon options for developing countries and help tackle climate change.  Through this initiative we can offer our world-leading expertise in sustainable energy solutions and learn valuable lessons from countries that are undergoing rapid change.”

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Notes for editors:

MIDLANDS ENERGY CONSORTIUM
The Midlands Energy Consortium is comprised of the universities of Birmingham, Loughborough and Nottingham – three world-class partners, all with extensive and complementary energy related research activities.

Experts at the three universities are all working in areas which will change the way we generate, store, save and manage energy in the 21st century.

Specific areas of expertise include fuel cells, hydrogen production and storage, solar, wind and biomass energy, clean fossil fuels and carbon abatement technologies, demand reduction and management in buildings, power electronics and electrical networks, sustainable societies: economics, policies, practices and impacts and sustainable transport, advanced engines and systems.

LOUGHBOROUGH UNIVERSITY
Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2011 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the UK’s Best Student Experience every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

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