The University’s Chancellor, Professor Sir David King, will open the University of Liverpool’s £10million Stephenson Institute for Renewable Energy.
The interdisciplinary research centre dedicated to renewable and sustainable energy sources will be formally opened by Sir David King before he takes up his new role as Foreign Secretary William Hague’s new special representative for climate change.
The Stephenson Institute, which is named after the 19th Century engineering pioneers George and Robert Stephenson, undertakes research across a broad range of renewable energy technologies including solar electricity, biofuels and renewable chemicals. Researchers will also explore issues like energy storage, energy conversion and energy distribution which will drive forward the renewable energy sector.
It will be a hub for training the next generation of scientists to meet the global demand for skills and knowledge in this emerging job market and is leading the University’s recently announced Centre for New and Sustainable Photovoltaic, which will fund PhD students to work specifically on solar energy technologies.
Professor Werner Hofer, Director for the Stephenson Institute, said: “It is an honour to have Professor Sir David King to formally open the Stephenson Institute.
“There is a pressing need to produce cleaner, more sustainable and alternative sources of energy as fossil fuel supplies diminish, the world population increases and the consequences of climate change become more apparent.
“The Stephenson Institute’s multidisciplinary team of researchers is focused on developing future energy technologies and behaviours. Our state-of-the-art facilities and unique pool of research expertise are at the forefront of research and teaching in areas including photovoltaics, thermoelectric materials, photocatalysis and lithium and sodium battery storage.”
The Institute brings together research, technologies and expertise from a broad mix of disciplines from across the University including Chemistry, Physics, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Engineering and Biology. It is working with local, national and international partners from academia, industry and policy makers to develop an expert network to highlight energy research, technology and development issues and challenges.