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Major renewable energy research hub to open

The University of Liverpool is set to unveil its £10m Stephenson Institute for Renewable Energy, a research centre dedicated to renewable and sustainable energy sources.

The university’s chancellor Sir David King will formally open the institute before he takes up his new role as foreign secretary William Hague’s special representative for climate change, where he will lead the UK’s overseas work on promoting low-carbon growth.

The university has invested in the institute, which will undertake research across a broad range of renewable energy technologies including solar electricity, biofuels and renewable chemicals. 

Researchers will also explore issues such as energy storage, energy conversion and energy distribution which will drive forward the renewable energy sector, according to the university.

In addition to its research programme, the Stephenson Institute will be a hub for training the next generation of scientists to meet the global demand for skills and knowledge in this emerging job market. 

It is leading the university’s recently announced Centre for New and Sustainable Photovoltaic, which will fund PhD students to work specifically on solar energy technologies.

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