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New design centre will focus on transforming the energy industry

The Birmingham Energy Innovation Centre (BEIC) will promote innovation in waste, energy, and low carbon vehicle systems.

The £7m centre which is set to open in April 2021 has been funded by the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP).

Upon completion, it is hoped that the centre will provide the region with energy and circular economy improvements.

The centre will also offer students from the University of Birmingham and local schools and colleges the opportunity to get involved with projects in and around the East Birmingham area.

The projects will range from supporting research to education and engaging with the community.

Luke Hall, minister for regional growth and local government, said: ‘It’s great news that a £7m Local Growth Fund investment has helped the Birmingham Energy Innovation Centre reach this important milestone.

‘The centre will put Birmingham on the map as a key player in addressing energy challenges while bringing opportunities and investment to its community.

‘The project has also given a new lease of life to the 300-year-old Webster & Horsfall manufacturing site, which will now play a pivotal role in the region’s first Energy Innovation Zone.’

Tim Pile, Director of the GBSLEP said: ‘Greater Birmingham is superbly positioned to play a crucial role in driving the country’s green recovery and its longer-term green growth, especially given the existing concentration of both academic and commercial expertise.

‘BEIC has the capability to accelerate demand-led innovation and make a real impact in helping us grasp the green agenda, achieving net-zero targets whilst also delivering new jobs and growth.

‘Businesses in our region are already developing and delivering low-carbon technologies and services, making a significant contribution to the economy. BEIC will bring together this commercial expertise with leading academic research for powerful collaboration. This is a very exciting development and I look forward to the significant step change that I am sure BEIC will help deliver.’

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