The £7 million research centre is a part of the £60 million Midlands Engine Initiative. The centre would look into geothermal energy and aim to find ways to cut down CO2 emmissions of the local businesses.

The centre will be located on the Innovation Park, based on the Jubilee campus of the University of Nottingham. The Research Accelerator Demonstration (RAD) laboratory is aiming to launch itself as a cutting-edge ‘centre of excellence’.

RAD will feature multiple laboratories, some of which would be dealing with hydrogen, geothermal energy and pressure. These laboratories would aim to put theories into practice.

“We, in the UK, are very good in research and publishing papers. But when it comes to using this knowledge to be productive, we are certainly not in the league of leaders.”
Prof. Seamus Garvey, University of Nottingham 

Professor Seamus Garvey is from the university’s faculty of Engineering and specialises in clean and “green” engineering. He says the centre would be “one of a kind”, where ideas would be put to generate commercial and environmental successes.

It’s hoped the new centre will help local businesses curb carbon emissions and develop eco-friendly models, not just in Nottingham, but globally. the whole world on would be its focus.

Prof. Garvey explains the initiative

  • RAD is aimed towards clean and green energy in order to reduce UK’s carbon emissions.
  • It’s top priority will be to power cars with hydrogen or renewable gas.
  • Empowering local businesses with carbon neutral solutions and encouraging new businesses to go fully green.

Elaine Gray, a member of the Sustainable Society at the University of Nottingham, feels that there is a lot more to do but is proud of her university’s initiative. She believes that the young people are the true stakeholders in green energy initiative.

Elaine Gray on the role of the youth and businesses