New cross-sector sustainable energy transition hub opens with energy crisis forum

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Professor Nick Eyre, Director of the Centre for Research into Energy Demand Solutions and Co-Director of ZERO Institute, said: ‘To stop climate change, we need to move away from fossil fuels by mid-century. This will require transformation in the ways we capture, convert, store and use energy. It’s an unprecedented challenge.’

Oxford University’s brand new energy systems transition hub opens at Osney Mead.

On Thursday 26 May Oxford University’s brand new £3.25m Zero-carbon Energy Research Oxford (ZERO) Institute and Energy Systems Accelerator pilot (Mini-TESA) opened their doors to showcase the range and depth of ambition in Oxford to drive forward the energy systems transition for the UK and globally.

Attending the event were 200 stakeholders from across policy, energy and academic sectors including Barbara Hammond MBE (CEO of the Low Carbon Hub), Andrew Roper (Director of Distribution System Operations, SSEN), Councillor Liz Leffman (Leader of Oxfordshire County Council) and Nigel Tipple (Chief Executive, OxLEP, Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership).

Mini-TESA, based at Osney Mead near Oxford train station, is a progressive co-working space which began operating at the start of the year. It houses the University’s MSc in Energy Systems, hosts up to 100 workstations for Oxford University and external staff and is home to an ideas-exchange hub where different disciplines and organisations can develop radical thinking.

By facilitating industry and academic collaboration across all energy vectors (electricity, heat and mobility), new approaches to an equitable energy transition can be accelerated and deployed at scale. This will drive innovation in low carbon technologies and services nationally and internationally, helping to ensure the UK meets its legally-binding carbon targets.

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The ZERO Institute will build on the University’s extensive energy research activities, which span more than 20 departments and 200 researchers. It aims to establish Oxford as a centre of research excellence and thought leadership on a global and equitable zero-carbon transition and has secured a £3.25m investment from the University’s Strategic Research Fund (SRF).



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