Facilities for energy innovation

The University is home to exemplar buildings and energy test beds

Major investment in to world-class research means that The University of Nottingham has an impressive range of facilities and test-beds for energy collaboration and innovation.


The Energy Technologies Building (ETB)

This exemplar building on Innovation Park is home to world-class laboratories which house facilities for the testing of innovative technologies and materials. As well as a large climate chamber and FlexElec laboratory, facilities are available for innovation in:

  • Smart grids
  • Biomass
  • Carbon Capture and Storage
  • Hydrogen storage materials and technologies

The ETB is an exemplar low carbon building on the University of Nottingham’s Jubilee Campus, dedicated to research and development in sustainable energy technologies.  This showcase building demonstrates a range of low carbon technologies and leads the way towards meeting the government’s target for all new public buildings to be ‘zero carbon’ by 2018.

The building incorporates energy efficient materials and is design to minimise its demands for heating, cooling, lighting and ventilation. The building is BREEAM 'Outstanding', the highest BREEAM level for environmental sustainability. It produces more energy than it requires, heating the neighbouring Institute of Mental Health Institute Building. The building is also home to hydrogen refuelling and electric charging facilities.

Research Acceleration and Demonstration Centre (RAD)

Work has commenced on a new building to house test-beds and demonstration facilities. These will include:

  • High performance compression and expansion lab
  • Hydrogen systems test bed
  • Next generation carbon capture technologies
  • Multidisciplinary characterisation and development labs

The building is based on the Jubilee campus and is scheduled for completion towards the end of 2017.

Community Energy

The university has several community energy projects ongoing, with opportunities for involvement by industry and innovative businesses. They include:

The Creative Energy Homes

The Creative Energy Homes is a seven-house development, providing a living test-site for micro-smart grids, energy storage, demand-side management and occupants' acceptance of innovative technologies.

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Trent Basin Community Energy 

The Trent Basin community energy project is Europe's second largest regeneration scheme and will be a 240 home community Energy Demonstrator. It utilises smart grid and energy management technologies for the benefit of the community.

The Sensible Project

Led by Siemens in Germany, the project titled Storage Enabled Sustainable Energy for Buildings and Communities (SENSIBLE) aims to address the issues surrounding energy storage, both thermal and electrical, in homes and communities. We are working closely with the local Meadows community in order to integrate energy storage solutions with a specific focus on the socio-economic benefits to be gained.

Specialist test beds

GeoEnergy multi-borehole array

This facility, based at the Sutton Bonington campus, consists of an array of boreholes which are fully instrumented with surface and down-hole sensors. This enables the development and testing of innovative monitoring technologies for geoenergy sectors including CO2 storage and unconventional hydrocarbon production. It features above and below ground sensor networks, on-site laboratories and big data storage.

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Energy Technologies Research Institute

The University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

telephone: +44 (0)115 74 84969
email: energy@nottingham.ac.uk