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EnergyTec Cluster

The EnergyTec Cluster at Harwell Campus has 80 organisations comprising of over 1200 employees.

The EnergyTec Cluster at Harwell Campus has 80 organisations comprising of over 1200 employees and aims is to bring  together the multiple capabilities of Harwell with the surrounding regions to help address the UK’s energy challenges, and the economic opportunities they present. Powering our increasingly energy-hungry world without causing catastrophic damage to the environment through climate change is one of the most pressing challenges of the 21st century.

Organisations such as the Faraday Institution, work with other UK public bodies, academia, companies and energy clusters to share knowledge, identify gaps and focus on areas where organisations complement each other. The EnergyTec Cluster leverages the assets at Harwell to boost productivity across the UK, in line with priorities set by the UK Industrial Strategy. This well-established entrepreneurial ecosystem facilitates collaboration, risk sharing and makes it easier to attract new investments, gain economies of scale, and tap into a pool of highly skilled labour, creating an ideal environment for developing and commercialising innovative energy products and services.


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The EnergyTec Cluster works in association with wider networks such as the Birmingham Energy Systems Catapult, and the Knowledge Transfer Network, part of Innovate UK. In addition to the Faraday Institution at Harwell, other energy and environmental science organisations include Ricardo, Siemens, Williams F1, an extensive academic network and the large multidisciplinary national science facilities such as the Diamond Light Source, Research Complex at Harwell, ISIS neutron source and Central Laser Facility. 


Additional capabilities include The Rutherford Appleton Laboratory and an extensive Space Cluster that includes the ESA ECSAT centre, the Satellite Applications Catapult, the UK Space Agency and RAL Space, that are driving world-leading technology developments, with the potential to employ multiple facilities simultaneously to open up extensive and exciting research and development opportunities.

Click here to download the EnergyTec Cluster brochure.

Cluster Manager: Emma Southwell-Sander



How to expedite net zero technology drawing upon engineering: Opportunities for UK Industry

You are invited to view industry leaders from the UK’s Energy sector at the Harwell Net Zero Energy online Conference that took place on the 21st January 2021, hosted by the Harwell EnergyTec Cluster.

Through a series of stimulating talks and panel discussion we are discussing the latest innovative technologies and applications alongside engineering that are addressing the greatest energy challenges of our time.

Harwell is an international science and innovation Campus  and is home to the £74 million Faraday Institution. The EnergyTec Cluster includes 57 organisations at Harwell with a wider network across the UK. As a UK asset Harwell is home to £2 billion of national labs including the UK’s synchrotron, The Diamond Light Source, as well as growing Clusters in the Space and Life Science sectors. With 6000 people working across 200 organisations Harwell is a driving force within the Government’s Industrial Strategy plans.


Please click here to see the video of our key speakers.

Welcome: Emma Southwell-Sander, Harwell EnergyTec Cluster Development Manager, STFC-UKRI. Key Speakers: Professor Paul Monks, Chief Scientific Advisor, BEIS; Dr Barbara Ghinelli, UKRI-STFC; Martin Aston, previously Airbus, currently Forvanda; Dr James Barth, Reaction Engines and Eric Brown, Energy Systems Catapult.

And click here to see the video of our panel session.

Chaired by Professor Joe Howe, Chester University; Ian Ellerington, CTO Faraday Institution; Alice Porter; UKRI Deputy Commercial Director; Elodie Viau, ESCAT Director of Telecommunication and Integrated Applications; Professor Paul Beasley, Siemens; Professor Bill David. UKRI-STFC Oxford University and Harwell Campus; Jack Nicholas, CEO Qdot.