Challenges & Opportunities of Renewable Energy

30th June 2016, QEII Conference Centre, London

Showcasing NERC Science & Identifying Research and Investment Gaps 


NERC has funded a wide range of research and innovation projects to support the development of renewable energy over the past five years. Many of these projects are drawing to a close or have recently ended - however, new environmental challenges are emerging across all the renewable energy sectors. 


About the conference

This one day conference, brought to you by NERC and the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN), showcased the R&D funded across the NERC land based and marine research programmes together with projects funded with Innovation/Discovery science funding in the renewable energy sector.

The conference brought together industry, academia, investors and policy makers to showcase the challenges and opportunities of renewable energy and help to identify future priorities for innovation and strategic research programmes. 



The conference featured two parallel streams:

  • Land-based Renewables
  • Marine Renewables

Within both streams, KTN facilitated workshops to identify gaps and opportunities for future funding. The day closed with a drinks reception sponsored by NERC. 

Microalgae Capability Database

AB SIG and PHYCONET are developing an Industry 'Wish-List' and Capability Database for Microalgae to provide businesses and researchers with a clearer understanding of the molecules and/or functionality that end-users are seeking. 



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