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Liverpool University to open its own Energy Research Centre

By Laura Elahi on January 17, 2011

The University of Liverpool has announced that it is to open a new institution that will be dedicated to energy research.

The Stephenson Institute for Renewable Energy is to be the first interdisciplinary centre into energy research in the north west. The institute will be used to undertake research into renewable energy sources such as fuel cell technology and bio fuels.

The centre will focus on developing clean and sustainable energy technologies including hydrogen generation and storage, solar harvesting, wind and marine energy and fusion technology.

Director of Stephenson Institute, professor Werner Hofer, said: “The provision of energy is one of the greatest challenges facing the world today and the Stephenson Institute for Renewable Energy will provide a new approach to developing new, cleaner and safer ways to produce energy.  Many of the new technologies that will power our future are still emerging and the creation of the institute will enhance our ability to help tackle this global challenge.”

Liverpool University becomes that latest institution and organisation to develop the new technologies, with the aim of reducing the UK’s energy dependence and carbon emissions, as well as to project the country as a leader in the industry.

The institute is also recruiting 10 world-class scientists to join existing research groups in chemistry, physics, materials science and engineering.

The investment represents the country’s growing confidence in renewable technologies as well as a desire for green energy.