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Oxfordshire IGT News - Mon, 2011-06-06 23:00
In his keynote presentation, Professor Sir Christopher Llewellyn-Smith FRS (Oxford University) set the context for an Energy event at Culham Science Centre last week organised by Science Vale UK. The world needs to develop new sources of energy, notably nuclear fusion and solar, as well as new ways of storing that energy and using it efficiently. Research organisations and technology companies in Science Vale UK are at the leading edge of much of this work. A wide range of these organisations shared their knowledge, expertise and views at what proved to be a lively mini-conference.
Science, research and industry experts led thematic sessions covering fusion technology, renewable energy technology and energy in buildings  - giving real insight into how businesses are collaborating with research organisations to bring new technologies to market, the contribution and commercial opportunities of emerging energy-related technologies and the benefits of the Science Vale UK and wider Oxfordshire ‘cluster’ of [energy-related] organisations. 
Early feedback on the event has been very positive particularly in relation to new connections. Professor Nic Harrison (STFC/Imperial College), who led the Renewable Energy Technologies session, commented that his was “an enthusiastic session considering renewable energy technologies and the global challenges of energy supply and climate change. A number of interesting opportunities for Science Vale UK emerged from general discussions of wind, marine and solar energy technologies.”. Dr Derek Stork (CCFE) said “the message of our [Fusion Technology and Industry] session was that, irrespective of the size of firm, everyone in the high tech design, R&D and manufacturing sector can benefit from the immediate business opportunities ... and success would drive business capability improvement”.
Exhibitors ranged from world-leading science and research organisations, such as the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy and Diamond Light Source Ltd, to specialist developers and producers of energy- related products, including Oxis Energy (with their Lithium battery expertise).
 After the event, Professor Steve Cowley, Chief Executive of the UK Atomic Energy Authority and Chair of the Science Vale UK Partnership commented that “The meeting was just excellent. The goals of Science Vale UK clearly resonate with the local business community.”. 
1. For further information on Science Vale UK please see or contact Steven Moss via
2. Culham Science Centre is one of the UK’s premier science and business locations in Science Vale UK as well as being home to the UK and European fusion energy research programmes. For further information, please see and
3. Organisations involved in leading and facilitating the event included Oxford University (, CCFE (, STFC (, OIGT (, the UK Energy Research Centre (, Oxford Instruments (, Tessella (, P3eco Ltd (, Lime Technology ( and ZETA (

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