Professor Sir Chris Whitty, Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for England and the UK government’s Chief Medical Adviser, recently visited the University of Birmingham’s Energy Innovation Centre and the hydrogen refuelling facility at Tyseley Energy Park.

Organised by Birmingham City Council, the visit was hosted by Professor Martin Freer, Director of the Birmingham Energy Institute and David Horsfall, Director of Tyseley Energy Park. It offered Professor Whitty an opportunity to find out more about the work taking place at TEP, highlighting how this is supporting the improvement of air quality across the city of Birmingham.

Academics from the University of Birmingham and industrial development partners of TEP demonstrated how their research and activities in clean transport, fuel poverty, decarbonising heat and clean energy generation are improving air quality, reducing emissions, and ultimately combating climate change.

Speaking about the visit, Professor Freer said: “It was a pleasure to welcome Professor Whitty to Tyseley and showcase how technologies developed at the Birmingham Energy Institute are driving the acceleration towards net zero and supporting the decarbonisation of the city.”

David Horsfall added: We are very grateful to Professor Whitty and his team for taking the time to find out more about our work. This visit presented a wonderful opportunity to demonstrate the role of TEP in working with industry and academia to deliver low and zero carbon power, transport, heat, waste and recycling solutions for a greener, cleaner, healthier Birmingham.”