We visit the Birmingham Energy Institute for our annual Advisory Council meeting

Author: Kerry Mashford 18/09/2017

On Thursday, 7 September, we held our Advisory Council meeting at the University of Birmingham’s Energy Institute.

At this year's annual event (which took place on Thursday, 7 September at the at the University of Birmingham’s Energy Institute and brought together a host of experts and leaders from across the energy, architecture, planning and housing industries) we discussed the progress we'd made over the previous year through various projects managed by the Foundation.

We also looked towards the future to envision how we could grow NEF to help more people. In light of the introduction of the new elected mayors and devolved powers, we sought to develop ways that the Foundation would be able to help these devolved and local powers with their energy smart development projects.

After a talk by Professor David Chapman that covered innovative projects on buried infrastructure and energy services being undertaken by a conglomerate of universities, Advisory Council members took a tour of the fascinating facilities at the Energy Institute, led by Advisory Council and institute member Dr Gavin Harper, to see the developments at the university first hand.

After lunch, the Energy Institute’s Director, Professor Martin Freer, talked about cutting-edge work in Birmingham, before our own team leaders updated the Advisory Council on our projects. We also invited representatives of renewable and low-carbon energy developments from the West Midlands and Greater Manchester to talk about their exciting plans for their regions.

With information aplenty and ideas flowing, we broke into discussion groups to brainstorm ideas to take the Foundation forward and best use our expertise to help devolved powers deliver exciting new housing and energy plans.

We’d like to extend a huge thank you to the team at the University of Birmingham Energy Institute for hosting the meeting, and for making us feel so welcome throughout the day. We’d also like to thank all of those who attended, especially those who took the time to speak to us on the day.