Energy 2050: taking the global lead in energy research and innovation

We’re bringing together international scholars, industry experts and government officials as part of a pioneering programme which will tackle the energy crisis through research and innovation.

More than 40 new leading academic energy researchers have joined the University’s current experts as part of the Energy 2050 initiative – a world-leading hub of excellence, which will explore ways of making our energy supply more sustainable, secure and affordable.

The hub will work in line with the UK’s commitment to reducing its greenhouse gases by at least 80 per cent by 2050.

Energy 2050 has been designed to strengthen interaction between university research, industry and government policy. It will provide an institutional framework for a multidisciplinary collaboration in energy research and innovation.

The initiative will also benefit from the post-election appointment of Tim Yeo MP, minister of state for environment and chair of the House of Commons energy and climate change select committee.

University of Sheffield Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Keith Burnett said: “The University of Sheffield is very fortunate to have attracted this key group of international scholars in such a vital area. The team is rightly ambitious to make a real impact in energy research and innovation, with application here in the UK and around the world. Our aim is simple – to bring together this superb expertise with our powerful existing capability, to be the place government and industry from around the world know they will find a complete energy capability.”

“Added to our academic strengths and reputation for superb collaboration with industry, the appointment of individuals such as Tim Yeo will help develop even stronger links with government and industry.”

Professor Mohamed Pourkashanian, Head of University of Sheffield Energy Research, will lead the initiative’s research team. He said: “What we intend to build is far more than merely a conventional university research centre. Rather, we need a better way to resolve our energy security, affordability and sustainability by going beyond traditional research boundaries to deliver value to regional growth, wealth creation and national and international energy security affordability and sustainability.”

Energy 2050 has come at an appropriate time too. This year will see developments in government decisions about EDF’s Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant – the first atomic plant to be built in 20 years, and Shell’s Carbon Capture and Storage project in Aberdeenshire.

And in December 2015, governments from 196 countries will flock to the Paris Summit to agree on how to tackle climate change.

Jon Price, director of the University of Sheffield’s Energy Innovation and Knowledge Exchange, will lead Energy 2050. He said: “This is a tremendously exciting development for Sheffield, and for energy research in the UK.”