Energy experts and innovators will meet with Government and leading academic researchers today at Harwell Campus during the Clean Growth and Infrastructure Innovation Conference. Discussions will focus on understanding the opportunities for the UK’s energy sector arising from the Government’s £170million investment from the Industrial Clusters mission, and how the sector can collaborate to meet the ambitious objective of establishing a net-zero carbon industrial cluster by 2040.
Through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund the Government aims to attract innovators, investors and problem solvers to create low-carbon exemplars that others in the UK can learn from and replicate. Part of today’s conference will focus on the capability, technology and expertise that innovation hubs such as Harwell’s EnergyTec Cluster can offer the Industrial Clusters aswell as other energy hubs and companies across the UK.
One company thriving within the ~900 people strong EnergyTec Cluster is Zap&Go, a rapidly growing SME, developing the next generation of battery technology with funding from the Faraday Institution, also located on Campus. Zap&Go’s new approach to energy storage – removing the lithium and cobalt found in most batteries in consumer electronics today – aims to make batteries that are safer, longer lasting, and more efficient.
“A key element of the UK’s Industrial Strategy is new energy storage solutions, in no small part because of their importance in bringing major technologies such as electric vehicles into mainstream use,” said Stephen Voller, CEO and Founder of Zap&Go. “Over the next couple of years, we’ll see electric cars with capabilities comparable to their petrol and diesel counterparts but for this to happen we need batteries that are faster charging and longer lasting. We are at the forefront of making these technologies a reality”
Angus Horner, Harwell Campus Partner and Director, sums up how collaboration with Harwell can fuel growth not just within the Cluster but across the UK, “Harwell Campus is an energy powerhouse with all the components available in one place to fast-track a company’s R&D and commercial growth, to meet the ambitious targets set forward in the Industrial Challenge Strategy. We will continue to grow the EnergyTec Cluster, attracting companies of all sizes and scales to the Campus and invite collaborations from across the UK and the rest of the world”.
This special event is a partnership between Harwell Campus, the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) and Innovate UK.