New £20m energy research centre to open at Newcastle University
Newcastle University will create a new £20m research and testing centre designed to provide real-time understanding of UK energy use and ultimately help drive down customer bills, a recent news report has revealed.
The EPSRC National Centre for Energy Systems Integration will allow experts to test the entire UK energy system in real time with a view to informing government policies for optimising the energy network.
Earmarked to be fully up and running in September 2016, the Centre will look at the energy system as a whole – including renewables, gas, power, heating and cooling – drawing on the expertise of academics from the universities of Newcastle, Heriot-Watt, Sussex, Edinburgh and Durham.
According to Newcastle University, the facility will help bridge an information gap that is hampering the drive towards delivering a fully integrated, smart energy network, while also improving energy efficiency, pushing down customer bills, and reducing carbon emissions.
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