“Manchester has a real critical mass of strong privately-led investment and its key strengths within the energy sector will continue to be dominated by its universities and companies such as Siemens and Ener-G”, says Tim Newns, chief executive of MIDAS.
On the same day that Newns opened the MIDAS Built Environment Seminar at the University of Salford, the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Chris Huhne, arrived at the University to open its newly renovated Joule House – demonstrating how seriously Greater Manchester is approaching its energy-led research.
The seminar highlighted opportunities in Manchester’s built environment, focusing particularly upon its energy sector and the low carbon economy. It brought together international representatives who learned about the support available for research and development projects. They looked in detail at procurement, funding and business set up.
The event was chaired by Nigel Wilcock, director of Mickledore, an economic development and finance consultancy, which recently completed a review of investment prospects for Manchester across the energy and environment sector. He was joined by speakers from the GM chamber, Environlink and BRE.
The seminar closed with a presentation by Richard Fitton, technical manager of energy house. Fitton highlighted the aspirations of the university’s energy research centre. He said, “We would be nowhere without Manchester’s industry and hopefully we support the industry just as strongly as it supports us”.
Energy House is a state-of-the-art testing facility which replicates a standard 1920’s group of terraces. Fitton explained how it is being used to test energy conservation methods and new household appliances. It will also support ‘the retrofit challenge’ which acknowledges that 70% of existing properties will still remain in 2050 and will therefore need to be adapted to become more sustainable.
The Built Environment Seminar concluded with a question and answer session with many questions directed from an audience that included UKTI representatives from Stockholm, Sydney and Paris, and international firms such as Riva Global and ISG construction.
To find out more about investment opportunities within Manchester’s energy and environment sector, please contact Li-hsia Chan – email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0161 875 2239.
As part of its continued work in this sector, MIDAS is an official sponsor of the Innovative Smart Grid Technologies (ISGT) Europe 2011, a major international energy conference taking place at Manchester Central from December 5 to 7. For more information and how to book, please click here (link to events).
The University of Salford’s Retrofit Conference 2012 will take place on 24 – 26 January. For more information about the energy department and to book a place at the conference, please visit http://www.energy.salford.ac.uk