Centre of Excellence for Low Carbon and Fuel Cell Technology to recruit first CEO

Thu 23 December 2004 View all news

The Government has announced £7.5m funding for the creation of a Centre of Excellence in Fuel Cell and Low Carbon Technologies to help tackle climate change. It will be in based in Loughborough.

Discussions leading to the establishment of the Centre of Excellence has been the key consideration of the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership's R&D Working Group. 

The new centre is being set up to help the UK take a world lead in zero emission vehicle technologies by bringing together key stakeholders such as Government, manufacturers and academia with a specific focus on the development of new technology.

Geoff Callow, Managing Director  of TEC Ltd is launch director of the new centre. The process is already under way for the recruitment of a Chief Executive (Advertised in The Sunday Times on 9 January - see attachment).

The news was combined with the announcement of £7.5m funding for a Centre for Transport Telematics and Technologies for Sustainable Mobility. This centre is intended to encourage the development of new "roadsmart" Intelligent Transport System (ITS) technologies. 

DTI minister Jacqui Smith said: "The Government is determined to tackle congestion and global warming through promoting technology and innovation, and these two centres will go a long way in achieving this.

"By making better use of our road network, these centres could play a key role in reducing congestion on Britain's motorways and improving the environment.

"And we are also sending a strong signal to manufacturers around the world that the UK is the place to come to carry out research in cutting-edge areas."

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