Decarbonising Birmingham

Tyseley Energy Park is on a mission is to transform clean energy innovation in Birmingham and the West Midlands by stimulating and demonstrating new technologies and turning them in to fully commercially viable energy systems that will contribute to Birmingham’s commitments to reduce CO2 emissions by 2030.

We are working with partners from across the region to create an energy and waste nexus for the city of Birmingham. Together these partners will help shape the way the City of Birmingham develops infrastructure for renewable heat and power, energy storage, clean transport fuels in combination with advanced waste processing. We are collaborating on a number of research and development projects to:

  • develop a transport refuelling infrastructure including hydrogen and electric vehicle charging at scale
  • deliver heat decarbonisation solutions to neighbourhoods in East Birmingham to alleviate fuel poverty
  • create platforms for business incubation and innovative industrial ecologies
  • pilot circular economy approaches in urban/industrial settings
  • rehabilitate green and blue infrastructure for community benefit
  • establish programmes of community and public engagement.
Clean Energy Growth Masterplan for Tyseley

The Tyseley Environmental Enterprise District (TEED) partnership, formed by Birmingham City Council, the University of Birmingham’s Energy Institute and Tyseley Energy Park, have commissioned Jacobs to develop a vision for TEED that builds on the objectives established within the East Birmingham Inclusive Growth Strategy (adopted 2021).

The vision aims to define a clear identity for the area, reflecting the Council’s overall commitment to net zero carbon. The vision will leverage on key assets and initiatives already underway within the area such as the existing green and blue infrastructure, long-established transport routes, 230 local businesses, and the low and zero carbon businesses and energy systems driven by Tyseley Energy Park and the University of Birmingham’s Energy Institute.

The report illustrates the opportunities for growth beyond the existing ambitions for the area, driving inclusive growth and leading a green energy revolution, presenting a single vision for the area which can be used to guide its future development.

Visual of the vision for the TEED

Visual of the vision for the TEED

UK’s First Low and Zero Carbon Refuelling Station

Filling a car with hydrogen fuel

The UK’s first low and zero carbon refuelling station is strategically located between the city centre and Birmingham airport and supplies public and commercial vehicles with a range of zero/low carbon, and cleaner fuels. These included hydrogen (ITM Power), compressed natural gas (CNG Fuels) and drop-in biodiesels such as Shell GTL fuel (Certas Energy) as well as commercial scale electric chargers. This station will also be the refuelling site for Birmingham City Council’s 20 new hydrogen busses.  

 

By working collaboratively with Birmingham City Council and harnessing the innovation coming out of the Birmingham Energy Innovation Centre, TEP has the opportunity to deliver a first of a kind low and zero carbon re-fuelling facility that will support the market expansion into low and zero carbon fuels, help the city meet its decarbonisation objectives and support the introduction of its clean air zone.

Birmingham Energy Innovation Centre (BEIC)

Birmingham Energy Innovation CentreThis University of Birmingham has created a sustainable energy research and innovation centre that is based at Tyseley Energy Park. The BEIC promotes innovation in waste, energy and low carbon vehicle systems across the West Midlands.

It will be the home of R&D, benchmarking and validation, business support, manufacturing systems integration and modelling expertise across the (public/private/academic) energy, waste and transportation systems sectors all in the one facility.

Working with existing energy and transportation system stakeholders, the BEIC will stimulate collaborative research and development projects to overcome local energy and low carbon transport challenges, demonstrating new and emerging technologies.

Incubation Support

We have created an environment where transport, heat and power focused businesses can receive support and collaboration opportunities in a location that is a key focus of Birmingham’s decarbonisation efforts.

Incubation space is available at TEP via two SME support programmes. These programmes have been designed to provide businesses with access to packages of support that will drive the development of an SME’s low carbon business offerings.

The Climate Innovation Platform (CIP)

The University of Birmingham in partnership with the Energy Systems Catapult, is looking for businesses committed to driving energy technology innovation to join the Climate Innovation Platform (CIP).

Supported by HSBC UK, CIP offers businesses a package of tailored support to drive the commercialisation of innovative energy products and services.

CIP will support 100 SMEs over a four-year incubation programme, commencing in July 2021.

This funded programme focuses on short term 6-12 support is well aimed at SME’s beginning their journey to commercialisation.

Energy Transition Centre (ETC)

Funded by the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership the ETC offers newly refurbished office, laboratory and industrial units for businesses who can build on the innovation and research activity located within the recently constructed Birmingham Energy Innovation Centre (BEIC).

By clustering this activity at TEP the intention is to enable a pathway for businesses to improve their competitiveness, develop collaborative opportunities and deploy game changing low carbon technologies across the region.

This funded programme focuses on mid term 12-36 month support is well aimed at SME’s establishing their businesses.

From July 2021, nine newly refurbished office/lab spaces will be available ranging in size from 250sqft to 800sqft. Click here to view all ETC Space.

A range of larger industrial units will be available from the summer of 2022.

Businesses qualifying for acceptance must be a SME interested in low and zero carbon power, transport, heat, waste or recycling solutions.