EERA is an alliance of European public research centres and universities. It is one of the cornerstones of the European Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan) and brings together 175 research organisations. EERA brings together more than 175 research centres and universities. Actively working together on 17 joint research programmes, they build on national research initiatives.
Professor Hall is based in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of Sheffield. He will be tasked with delivering the EU’s Strategic Energy Technology plan.
He said: “I am very happy and honoured to have been elected to the Energy Storage Management and Steering Committees of the European Energy Research Alliance.
“This is a highly influential organisation in the EU tasked with delivering the Strategic Energy Technologies plan. Our main task is to organise high-level energy research on a continental scale identifying common interests and avoiding research duplication.
“We also maintain close contact with the European Commission and the industrially facing European Association for the Storage of Energy, through which we can influence energy policy and market design.
“Many people ask me about Brexit. For me it is not so much loosing research income but influence. The UK, and for that matter, the University of Sheffield is undeniably world leading in energy storage technology. We urgently need to maintain our continental contacts to maintain our leadership.”
“Membership of EERA gives me, for example, guaranteed access to the world’s finest battery battery safety laboratory in Karlsruhe in Germany. To establish a similar facility in UK would involve enormous cost and we could never replicate their knowledge and experience within a decade.”