The Energy Research Accelerator (ERA) is a cross-disciplinary and multi-partner energy research hub in the Midlands. Its partners are: the University of Birmingham, Aston University, British Geological Survey, Leicester University, Loughborough University, University of Nottingham and the University of Warwick. Together, these partners will play a key role in building a sustainable, secure and prosperous future by developing new technologies, bringing down costs and innovating to drive growth, support productivity and create jobs.

T-ERA is driving the development and integration of a range of thermal and cryo energy technologies, delivering innovation in the sector as well as collaborating with industry to convert innovation and emerging technologies into practical solutions with powerful global benefit.

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It will deliver jobs and apprenticeships, wealth creation and the next generation of scientists and engineers in the energy sector and emerging industries.

What will it deliver?

  • Establish an Advanced Thermal Manufacturing Centre (ATMC): To develop enhanced research and design capacity in thermal energy technologies.
  • A scaled up Dearman piston engine: Driven by liquid nitrogen to produce clean cold power for transport applications.
  • Thermal energy storage research: To study the costs and performance of low-carbon heating technologies.
  • Research into reducing thermal load in buildings: To develop low cost technologies that are easy to apply and retrofit.
  • Research into Hydrogen from Biomass: To develop an alternative means of producing green hydrogen with the potential to produce twice the amount produced by current technology.