The Proposal is to create a nexus for energy research and cross disciplinary science and engineering across the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences. Such a facility would be unique in the UK to carry out world-class research in energy materials and products through circular economy concepts encompassing the entire product life cycle from innovation and manufacture through to reclamation and recycling.
The new facility will accelerate the growth in activities in energy futures, which continues to grow within the University. The lack of a focal point for energy research has been a major obstacle to attracting industry funding when bringing potential funders into campus. The building provides specialist laboratory and digital visualisation spaces for several academic research groups, as well as write up and collaboration and meeting space for commercial and academic research fellows and technical staff.