24 January 2019
New figures released today show that Harwell’s EnergyTec Cluster has grown 17 percent since its launch in May 2018 and now includes 35 industry, academic and public organisations working on the Campus, collectively employing over 900 people.
The figures were announced at the Clean Energy Conference being held at Harwell Campus. The figures also showed that a further 26 companies, which started off in Harwell’s Space or HealthTec Clusters, now also focus on the energy sector as a major market for their innovative technologies. With a focus on energy storage, battery technologies and carbon neutral alternatives to fossil fuels, the technologies emerging from these 61 organisations will influence every aspect of life across work, travel and recreation, improving the environment and developing sustainable alternatives for the future.
The EnergyTec Cluster counts multinational organisations including Siemens and EDF Energy among its cohort, consultants such as Ricardo Energy & Environment, and fast-growing start-ups such as Zap&Go and MIRICO. The Faraday Institution, which has received a £74m investment from the UK Government to accelerate battery technology in the UK, sits at the heart of the Cluster alongside open access facilities Diamond Lightsource and ISIS Neutron & Muon Source, part of STFC’s Rutherford Appleton Laboratory.
“Harwell Campus’s uniqueness lies in its cross-industry collaboration. The 26 organisations from the Space and Health Clusters that now have technologies or applications being used in the energy sector are testament to the powerful advantage of working in close proximity with organisations that have nothing to do with your original market.” explains Dr Barbara Ghinelli, Cluster and Campus Business Development Director at Harwell Campus for the UKRI Science and Technology Facilities Council, “Through shared learning and collaboration, however, new business opportunities are identified and innovative solutions to long standing problems are created”.
One company that has benefited from collaboration is STFC RAL Space spin-out, MIRICO. Its laser gas sensing technology, originally designed to measure atmospheric constituents in space, has been found to have commercial ground-based applications. MIRICO’s technology can more accurately measure atmospheric pollutants for a variety of environmental and industrial applications including energy companies.
“Harwell Campus’ combination of state-of-the-art research facilities and access to organisations that we can collaborate with makes it the ideal environment to develop a product and grow a company,” said
Mohammed Belal, Founder and Business Development Director, at MIRICO. “At Harwell, our technology has gone from the STFC lab to deployments within major organisations, which couldn’t have been achieved anywhere near as quickly without the ability to share resources, knowledge and even contacts with other companies operating in this unique environment.”
The Campus, which in total has 200 organisations employing 5,500 people focuses on successfully commercialising scientific research and new technologies through clusters in the major markets of Space, Health and Energy.
You can read more about the Cluster on the Harwell Campus web site.
Last updated: 29 January 2019