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UK Launches £13 mln Training Centre for Energy Researchers
Monday, January 26, 2009
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A new training centre is being established to create a new breed of engineers and scientists capable of developing new low-carbon technologies in the UK.
The Midlands Energy Graduate School (MEGS) will be run by the Midlands Energy Consortium(MEC) — a collaboration between the Universities of Birmingham, Loughborough  and Nottingham.
The centre will provide training in energy systems and a wide range of technologies, including energy efficiency in the built environment, hydrogen and fuel cells, carbon capture, renewable energy, transport and electrical infrastructure, as well as policy issues.
MEGS will receive core funding of £3 million from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and a further £10 million from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to train graduate students in clean fossil fuels and hydrogen and fuel cells.
"Energy is a critical issue for the coming decades and the UK requires the skilled personnel to meet the challenges ahead," says David Greenaway, vice-chancellor of The University of Nottingham.
But according to the Energy Research Partnership, which draws together experts from government, industry and academia, there is a growing shortage of high-level skilled staff.
"MEGS will provide students with an outstanding opportunity to develop their understanding of energy technologies, by working alongside experts from three world-class partner universities," commented Dennis Loveday of Loughborough University.
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