Funding and Support from STFC to Help Energy Companies Grow

Come and join us at Warwick Manufacturing Group (International Digital Laboratory) on 15th January 2019 to:

  • Hear about how STFC added value to energy companies;
  • Benefit from free access to STFC equipment and expertise;
  • Discuss with world leading experts about your technical challenges

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How can STFC help Energy companies?

STFC can support UK industry to overcome challenging product, manufacturing or process performance. Accessing our unique laboratories and engaging with world class researchers, you will develop projects that address your specific challenge and help you make a step-change to your business.


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Case Studies for Energy Sector

Some STFC facilities case studies on energy can be found via:

STFC works on both finding new ways of producing energy and on improving the existing ones.
Exploring radical new energy horizons
Here, our focus is on developing startling new energy options inspired by Nature and opening up revolutionary vistas in energy generation. For example:

  • Laser Fusion: We’re at the forefront of work aiming to recreate the process that powers the Sun by using high-power lasers that fuse hydrogen isotopes into helium atoms. For instance, we’re a founding partner in the pioneering European HiPER (High Power laser Energy Research) initiative
  • Fast Ignition: Our Central Laser Facility is probing the potential to generate fusion energy by guiding and focusing electron beams with magnetic fields – an approach that could offer big cost benefits over other laser fusion options. Find out more on the CLF website
  • Artificial Photosynthesis: Our Central Laser Facility is studying and synthesising molecules that may make it possible to mimic the process used by plants to turn sunlight into energy – and then harness it to generate electricity. Find out more on the CLF website

Optimising emerging and established technologies
Our aim is simple: to maximise the benefits offered by a whole range of energy technologies and surmount barriers to their efficient and economic use. For example:

  • Hydrogen Storage: We’re harnessing our expertise in innovative materials to deliver advances vital to realising hydrogen’s huge potential as a clean energy carrier. For instance, our ISIS neutron-scattering source is producing insights into the structure and properties of promising hydrogen storage materials, including very recent work with Toyota. Our spinout Cella Energy is a world leader in bringing low-cost storage technology to market.
  • Fuel Cells: We’re contributing to the fundamental scientific understanding crucial to the ongoing development of fuel cells, a technology that promises to make clean, hydrogen-powered cars and other vehicles a familiar sight on the world’s roads in the years and decades ahead.
  • Batteries: We help scientists investigate new materials for battery electrodes and electrolytes, increasing the capacity and life time, while reducing the weight of the world’s most ubiquitous energy storage medium for example, to increase the range of electric vehicles.
  • Solar Power: We’re assisting the development of ground-breaking polymers with the potential to improve the performance, efficiency and economic attractiveness of solar cells, encouraging more widespread deployment of this quintessential renewable energy technology.
  • Catalysts: ISIS is helping scientists understand the mechanism of catalysts, which in turn drives the development of better catalysts, and thus more efficient catalytic processes
  • Fossil Fuels: Working closely with the oil industry, cutting-edge research at ISIS, the Diamond Light Source and the Institut Laue-Langevin has extended the life of fossil fuel reserves by aiding development of techniques for enhanced oil recovery. In addition, the University of Lancashire have used the supercomputing capability of the Hartree Centre to accurately simulate the flow of complex fluids to improve oil extraction techniques
  • Capturing waste gases: One possible way to alleviate pollution is to capture pollutant gasses such as CO2 and SO2. Recent work between ISIS and the University of Nottingham has identified a family of cheap, green metal organic framework (MOF) materials that show enhanced selectivity for these, and other, pollutant gasses and may offer a way for gas separation.

Through leading-edge skills, state-of-the-art facilities and wide-ranging initiatives we’re delivering breakthroughs that are bringing closer a new era of safe, sustainable, affordable energy for the UK, its citizens and the world.

Why should you attend?

  • Understand how to gain free access to leading edge equipment and expertise
  • Discuss your challenge with world leading experts
  • Hear grand challenges and funding opportunities for the energy sector
  • Facility tour at WMG cutting edge laboratories
  • Network with other energy companies


  • Andrew Anderson – Royal Commission 1851 Industrial Research Fellow, Oxford nanoSystems
  • Mohammed Belal – Business Development Director, MIRICO
  • Ian Ellerington – Head of Technology Transfer, Faraday Institution
  • David Greenwood – Professor, Advanced Propulsion Systems, WMG
  • Tim Hughes – Head of Research Projects / Principal Scientist Energy Storage, Siemens
  • Jacqui Murray – Deputy Director, Faraday Battery Challenge, Innovate UK
  • Hugh Sutherland – Head of Development, ZapGo

More to follow…

Who should attend?

Problem holders and those looking to overcome issues limiting the productivity of their organisations, including:

  • Technical leads
  • Senior decision makers

About the funding

Bridging for Innovators (B4I) is an ISCF programme run by STFC to support UK industry to overcome challenging product, manufacturing or process performance. Accessing our unique laboratories and engaging with world class researchers, you will develop projects that address your specific challenge and help you make a step-change to your business.

Full details of scope, eligibility and application process are available online.

Last updated: 17 December 2018

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