Nick Winser, Chairman of the Energy Systems Catapult, discussed how the Catapult will help deliver the UK’s objectives for the transformation of energy systems at the University of Birmingham on Thursday 11 February 2016.
With a focus on energy innovation to meet the 2050 climate and energy target, Nick Winser informed students and guests that “the Energy Systems Catapult aims to transform the UK’s capability for innovation to help drive future economic growth.”
When discussing the Catapult, Nick Winser said:
“We are not short of challenges both in the UK and globally. To tackle these challenges, the Energy Systems Catapult will bring the worlds of research, industry and Government together to encourage and support the development of new technology and cost friendly products and services (covering electricity, heat and combustible gases).
The Catapult will also sit in the ‘valley of death’, where a variety of great ideas fail to get through to commercialisation. The Catapult will do whatever is most valuable to ensure these ideas progress to market, to ultimately promote the country’s skills and strengths.”
Nick Winser also highlighted the importance of connecting with the next generation of scientists and engineers, who will inevitably be at the forefront of developing new innovations to address energy challenges:
“Engagement from UK utility companies, technology innovators and Universities will play a key role in ensuring targets are achieved to help move great ideas and drive commercialisation. As the Catapult is based in Birmingham, speaking to students and researchers at the University is a great opportunity to form relationships for future collaborations, and to highlight the importance of a joined up approach to tackle climate change.”
Delivering the next lecture in our Birmingham Energy Institute Lecture Series, Professor Paul Ekins, Professor of Energy and Environmental Policy, University College London, will discuss energy technologies and policies that will be necessary to reduce carbon emissions to the necessary extent and explore the macroeconomic implications of implementing these.
Find out more information and register to attend here