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4 September, 2019 - 14:25 By Tony Quested

Cambridge Science Park creating world-class energy technology centre

Efforts are underway to establish a world-class energy technologies centre of excellence at Cambridge Science Park.

Cambridge Cleantech is acting as a pathfinder organisation for the project. The energy and renewables centre will be fashioned in the building vacated by Abcam’s move to Cambridge Biomedical Campus.

Companies at the bleeding edge of revolutionary CleanTech and renewables technologies – including specialists in the field of battery-based innovation – will be recruited as tenants. Thrusting startups as well as more established players in the space will be welcome.

Jeanette Walker, who is spearheading the initiative for Science Park owner Trinity College, said it is hoped to open the doors of the new hub next spring.

She said Cambridge Cleantech was ideally placed to generate interest in occupancy of the centre given its UK and international contacts in the sector. Cambridge had already established itself as a sweet spot for battery and other renewable tech initiatives, Walker said.

As a major startpoint, Cambridge Cleantech and Cambridge Science Park are hosting a day-long conference on renewable energy in Cambridge on September 17. It will be held at The Bradfield Centre at the Science Park. Tickets are already sold out.

Speakers will include experts from the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and Innovate UK along with rising CleanTech and renewable energy stars such as 8Power, Ricardo, Talga Technologies, Echoin Technologies, Zinergy, CamPower, DZP Technologies and Epicam.  

Walker said: “Cambridge Science Park is establishing an Energy & Renewable Technologies Centre on the Park. We are delighted to be working with Cambridge Cleantech and the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership to identify companies that might be interested in moving to the centre where they could share facilities, knowledge and best practice.”

The keynote session at the Cambridge showcase will be delivered by Professor John French, executive director of the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, who will give an overview of global opportunities and challenges in energy and renewable technologies in the bigger picture. 

This will be followed by talks from Dr Anna Wise from Innovate UK and Prof David S. Hall, scientific programme manager at the Faraday Institution, who will delve into the latest research in battery technologies coming out of Cambridge and the UK.

Another highlight will be elevator pitches from some of the most innovative companies based in Cambridge working in leading-edge energy storage, novel renewable energy sources and energy management. 

Cambridge Cleantech CEO Martin Garratt said: “This event comes at an opportune moment as renewable energy generation and the debates around feeding into the grid or increasingly a micro grid at a local level are key issues in the sector today.”

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