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Title: Research Councils UK Energy Programme


1
Research Councils UKEnergy Programme
  • For a Low Carbon Energy Future
  • Samantha Riches

2
The Energy Landscape
Public Sector organisations working together to
provide coordinated activity and a complete
innovation chain. Coordinated through the Low
Carbon Innovation Group led by DECC.
3
The Research Councils UK Energy Programme
  • 7 Research Councils under the RCUK umbrella.
  • Each research council funds world class research
    and training in their area through a number of
    mechanisms.
  • However the big research challenges over the
    next 10 to 20 years require novel,
    multidisciplinary approaches in order to tackle
    them.
  • To achieve this there are seven cross council
    programmes coordinate the delivery of
    multidisciplinary research in priority areas.
  • Ageing lifelong health and wellbeing
  • Digital Economy
  • Energy
  • Food Security
  • Global uncertainties security for all in a
    changing world
  • Living with environmental change
  • NanoScience through Engineering to Application

4
The Research Councils UK Energy Programme
The Research Councils working together to plan,
develop and deliver energy research and training
within a common strategic framework.
  • The Councils working together strategically over
    the last three spending reviews.
  • Brings together all our energy-related
    activities.
  • High level input from a Scientific Advisory
    Committee industry, academic, TSB, DECC BIS
    representation.
  • Links to other Research Council priority themes
    such as Living with Environmental Change and
    Global Uncertainties.

5
Mission
To position the UK to meet its energy and
environmental targets and policy goals through
high quality research and postgraduate training.
  • Key Targets
  • 80 reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by
    2050.
  • 15 of energy from renewable sources by 2020.
  • Increases in energy efficiency.
  • Drivers
  • Tackling climate change by reducing carbon
    dioxide
    emissions both within the UK and
    abroad.
  • Ensuring energy security.
  • Ensuring energy affordability.

6
Our Objectives
To support a full spectrum of Energy research
to help the UK meet the objectives and targets
set out in the 2007 Energy White Paper
To work in partnership to contribute to the
research and postgraduate training needs of
energy-related business and other key
stakeholders
  • To increase the international
  • visibility and level of
  • international collaboration within
  • the UK energy research
  • Portfolio.

To expand the UK research capacity in
energy-related areas.
7
Investment Routes
  • Funding through universities / institutes
  • Managed and responsive mechanisms
  • use independent expert guidance to help us make
    investment decisions
  • Partnership with industry and other stakeholders
  • publicise our involvement
  • do not enter into exclusive agreements

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Note excludes ETI
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Working In Partnership
With business, government, academia and other
organisations to achieve major advances in energy
research, development and demonstration.
  • Research Consortia building with Industry e.g.
    SUPERGEN.
  • Strategic Alignment e.g. Nuclear letter of
    Arrangement Group.
  • Direct partnerships / joint activities e.g E.ON,
    EDF, Sustrans, ABB, Scottish Power.
  • Collaboration with public sector partners ETI,
    TSB, Carbon Trust, DECC, Defra, DFID, DfT, BIS.
  • International collaborations e.g. India, China, US

11
Examples of Current Activities
  • SUPERGEN 62m
  • 14 consortia, 38 academic partners, 80 business
    and other collaborators.
  • Currently undergoing renewal to hub structure
    (networks, marine and bioenergy first to go over)
  • CCS
  • CCS network (www.ukccsc.co.uk)
  • Consortia in ecosystems impact of geological
    storage
  • Grand Challenges
  • Transport and networks
  • UKERC (http//www.ukerc.ac.uk)
  • Focal point for UK research in sustainable energy
  • Independent and whole systems aproach drawing
  • on engineering, economics, physical
    environmental
  • and social sciences.
  • Summer schools

12
Capacity Building
Providing focused support for training centres in
our priority areas (50M investment). With over
100 collaborators.
  • Centres for Doctoral Training
  • 7 multidisciplinary centres bringing together
    diverse areas of expertise to train scientists
    and engineers with the skills, knowledge and
    confidence to tackle todays challenges covering
  • Whole Systems
  • Nuclear Fission and Fusion
  • Renewables
  • Energy Demand Reduction
  • Low Carbon technologies.
  • Industrial Doctorate Centres
  • 5 centres each equipping 50 students with the
    business skills they require to turn pioneering
    ideas into products and services covering
  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Energy Demand Reduction
  • Transport and the Environment
  • Urban Sustainability and Resilience
  • Carbon Capture and Storage.

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Public engagement
An integral part of our programme. We aim to
  • Ensure that the Energy Programme decision making
    is informed by public attitudes, and that
    research is commissioned with an awareness of
    societal issues.
  • Encourage researchers funded by the programme to
    engage with the public and to participate in
    activities that benefit the relationship between
    science and society, and support and reward those
    who do so.
  • Increase public awareness of the developments,
    achievements and impacts that flow from Energy
    Research.
  • Engage young people with contemporary research to
    enhance their experience of science, encouraging
    more to pursue science studies beyond 16 and
    follow RD careers, and enabling more to act as
    informed citizens.

14
Public Engagement
  • Next Steps in 2010
  • A review into existing literature regarding
    public attitudes to low carbon energy.
  • Increased emphasis in SAC advice
  • Workshops for researchers
  • CDT network

15
Current and Forthcoming Activities
  • Structure for successor to SUPERGEN to be
    announced and first phase commissioned (with TSB)
    networks, marine, bioenergy
  • Transport Grand Challenges.
  • Energy storage in transport call summer 2010
  • Understanding incentives for transport behaviour
    change ideas factory Nov/Dec 2010
  • Capacity Building CDT network, annual meeting of
    energy CDT administrators and directors.
  • Public Engagement Research synthesis. Workshops
    planned for early 2011
  • International Joint programmes planned with
    China, India
  • Nuclear geo-waste.
  • Networks grand challenge preparing the UKs
    energy infrastructure for 2050
  • Flexible grids
  • Uncertainty and complexity
  • Integrated infrastructure
  • Game changing network technologies

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Other Relevant Activities
  • Mathematics Underpinning Digital Economy and
    Energy
  • Up to 5 million. It is anticipated that between
    7 and 12 proposals will be funded
  • Objectives
  • To support novel and ambitious research with
    potential application to research challenges in
    DE and Energy mission programmes.
  • To support cross-disciplinary collaborations that
    develop and apply novel mathematical tools and
    techniques to provide solutions to the research
    challenges of the DE and Energy programmes.
  • To promote greater engagement and knowledge
    exchange between the mathematical sciences
    research community, other disciplines and the
    application areas.
  • Call closes 4pm on Thursday 1st July 2010.
  • If you have any questions regarding the call
    please contact Vivienne Blackstone
    (vivienne.blackstone_at_epsrc.ac.uk)

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Further informationwww.rcuk.ac.uk/energy
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International Review of Energy
  • The review will consist of data analysis, a
    public consultation and input from an
    international panel of experts. The Review will
    be used to benchmark the strength of UK research
    activity in the area of energy compared to other
    research in this area around the world.
  • Panel visit w/c 24th Oct 2010

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samantha.riches_at_epsrc.ac.uk
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Energy-related CDTs and contacts
  • Wind Energy Systems (Strathclyde) Neil Bateman
  • Hydrogen, Fuel Cells and their applications
    (Birmingham) Samantha Riches
  • Interdisciplinary energy research E-Futures
    (Sheffield) Samantha Riches
  • Technologies for a Low Carbon Future (Leeds)
    Jacqui Williams
  • Efficient Fossil Energy Technologies (Nottingham)
    Jacqui Williams
  • Nuclear fission research, science and technology
    DTC (Nuclear FiRST) (Manchester) Stephen Elsby
  • IDC in nuclear engineering (Manchester) Stephen
    Elsby
  • Energy demand reduction and built environment
    (UCL) Dave Holtum
  • Energy Futures Lab (Imperial) Nick Cook
  • Fusion Doctoral Training Network (York)  Andrew
    Wright
  • Multidisciplinary Centre for Doctoral Training in
    Energy (Durham) Andrew Wright
  • Centre in Sustainability for engineering and
    energy (Surrey) Dave Holtum

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Energy-related CDTs and EPSRC contacts Wind
Energy Systems (Strathclyde) Neil
Bateman Hydrogen, Fuel Cells and their
applications (Birmingham) Samantha Riches
Interdisciplinary energy research E-Futures
(Sheffield) Samantha Riches Technologies for a
Low Carbon Future (Leeds) Jacqui Williams
Efficient Fossil Energy Technologies
(Nottingham) Jacqui Williams Nuclear fission
research, science and technology DTC (Nuclear
FiRST) (Manchester) Stephen Elsby IDC in
nuclear engineering (Manchester) Stephen
Elsby Energy demand reduction and built
environment (UCL) Dave Holtum Energy Futures
Lab (Imperial) Nick Cook Fusion Doctoral
Training Network (York)  Andrew Wright
Multidisciplinary Centre for Doctoral Training
in Energy (Durham) Andrew Wright Centre in
Sustainability for engineering and energy
(Surrey) Dave Holtum
  • Energy-related CDTs and EPSRC contacts
  • Wind Energy Systems (Strathclyde) Neil Bateman
  • Hydrogen, Fuel Cells and their applications
    (Birmingham) Samantha Riches
  • Interdisciplinary energy research E-Futures
    (Sheffield) Samantha Riches
  • Technologies for a Low Carbon Future (Leeds)
    Jacqui Williams
  • Efficient Fossil Energy Technologies (Nottingham)
    Jacqui Williams
  • Nuclear fission research, science and technology
    DTC (Nuclear FiRST) (Manchester) Stephen Elsby
  • IDC in nuclear engineering (Manchester) Stephen
    Elsby
  • Energy demand reduction and built environment
    (UCL) Dave Holtum
  • Energy Futures Lab (Imperial) Nick Cook
  • Fusion Doctoral Training Network (York)  Andrew
    Wright
  • Multidisciplinary Centre for Doctoral Training in
    Energy (Durham) Andrew Wright
  • Centre in Sustainability for engineering and
    energy (Surrey) Dave Holtum

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Programme Contacts
  • Neil Bateman International Review of Energy,
    Future Supergen, International Development
    ResearchE-mail neil.bateman_at_epsrc.ac.uk
  • Nick CookTransport, Conventional Energy,
    GeoengineeringE-mail nick.cook_at_epsrc.ac.uk
  • Hannah Foreman BioenergyE-mail 
    hannah.foreman_at_epsrc.ac.uk
  • Stephen ElsbySenior Sector Manager, Nuclear
    FissionE-mail Stephen.elsby_at_epsrc.ac.uk
  • David HoltumEnergy Demand Reduction, Climate
    ChangeE-mail david.holtum_at_epsrc.ac.uk
  • Samantha Riches Energy Networks and
    Infrastructure, Renewable Energy, Public
    Engagement in EnergyE-mail samantha.riches_at_epsrc
    .ac.uk
  • Jacqui WilliamsSenior Energy Manager, Carbon
    Capture and Storage, Communications, Evidence of
    impactE-mail jacqui.williams_at_eprsrc.ac.uk
  • Andrew WrightSenior Energy Strategy Manager,
    Energy Technologies Institute Interface,
    FusionE-mail andrew.wright_at_epsrc.ac.uk

23
Networks Grand Challenge
  • Overarching Grand Challenge.
  • The 4 themes are how we plan to do it.
  • Looking for large multidisciplinary collaborative
    approaches to address a combination of these
    themes
  • Call out in the summer with an expected end date
    of Sept/Oct. Funding to be announced March 2011

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483 million for research grants
84 million for doctoral training
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Partnering with ETI links with energy programme
research including
  • Offshore Wind Projects
  • 4 projects announced (helm, Nova, Deep Water,
    Condition monitoring) with links to SUPERGEN Wind
    energy technologies consortia.
  • Marine
  • 3 projects announced (ReDAPT, PerAWat, Wetmate
    Connector) with links to SUPERGEN Marine
    consortia led by Edinburgh.
  • CCS
  • National storage capacity appraisal links to
    research at 5 universities/institutes
  • 12 Universities and Research Institutes are
    receiving about one third of ETI funding awarded
    in 2009.

EPSRC representatives on working groups,
Programme Management Board, Technical Committee
and Board.
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International visibility collaboration
Sustaining global leadership position in energy
research through international cooperation and
collaboration.
How we do it
  • Examples of activities include
  • Four joint calls with China in renewable
    energies, cleaner fossil fuels, CCS technologies,
    solar fuel cells - 15M of UK funding.
  • Joint initiatives with India in solar (10M)
    civil nuclear (1.2M).
  • Scoping joint training programme with US on
    nuclear.
  • Support for international development energy
    research.
  • Planned joint 12M initiative with India
    Bridging the Urban Rural Divide 2010/11.

27
SUPERGEN
Supporting research in sustainable power and
generation.
  • 62m of support from the Energy Programme and
    with the Carbon Trust
  • 14 consortia.
  • 38 academic partners.
  • 80 business and other collaborators.
  • Approach reviewed and wide consultation carried
    out. Move planned in future to hub approach,
    with associated network and open calls for grand
    challenges. Networks, marine and bioenergy to be
    the first to move to new model from 2010/11.

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Carbon Capture and Storage
Supporting the UKs commitment to cleaner coal
power generation.
  • 38M of CCS current research and capacity
    building projects.
  • Recent activities
  • Industrial Doctoral Training Centre in CCS.
  • 6.3M support with E.ON for 4 consortia proposals
    in carbon capture and transport.
  • 3M of support for CCS projects in collaboration
    with China.
  • Network to take forward the work of UKCCSC (1M)
  • Consortia in ecosystems impacts of geological
    carbon storage, and CCS whole systems (3M)
  • Workshop in China in November 2009.
  • Current activities
  • Call with NSFC (China) closed April 2010
  • US workshops in May 2010

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Energy in Transport
Growing our portfolio in Transport Research.
  • Walking and Cycling Strategic Partnership with
    Sustrans.
  • Measuring and evaluating the travel, physical
    activity and carbon impacts of the Connect2
    initiative
  • Understanding walking and cycling.
  • Visions of the role of Walking and Cycling in
    2030.
  • Currently discussing follow up activities.
  • Airport Operations 3.1m of projects supported
    following an Ideas Factory held with DfT input
  • all aspects of Airport Operations from the
    landing of aircraft, air traffic control,
    terminal building thermal management and
    transfers of passengers to and from the airport.
  • Low Carbon Shipping 2.3m of new projects
  • Transport Challenge being scoped for a call.

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UK Energy Research Centre
  • 28m of support from the Energy Programme.
  • Focal point for UK research on sustainable
    energy.
  • Independent, whole-systems approach. 
  • Bridge between energy research and business,
    policymakers and international energy research
    community.
  • Phase II now underway.
  • Highlights Include
  • Input to energy white papers (including modelling
    input).
  • Intermittency report.
  • Energy Research Atlas / Road mapping.
  • Meeting place including G8 meeting.
  • Energy 2050 scenarios.
  • Summer schools.
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