The 4th December, 2007 saw the successful launch of the MatUK Energy Materials Working Group’s Strategic Research Agenda (SRA), a document which outlines the overall materials R&D requirements for the energy sector over the next 5, 10 and 20 years. The event, held at the Tate Britain in London, was attended by over 160 people from the materials and energy sectors. It was launched by Brian Bender, Permanent Secretary of the Department of Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR).
Materials are a key underpinning technology for the Energy sector and the objectives of the SRA are to advise the materials community and its key stakeholders on the priority areas for R&D where UK can make most impact.This will ultimately help Government meet its targets of reducing carbon emissions, ensuring the security of our energy supplies and providing affordable electricity, whilst providing wealth creation for the UK. The SRA covers markets, resources, skills, technology challenges and funding issues.
The SRA is the culmination of over 18 months work involving the full UK materials supply chain and was published in conjunction with four reports on fossil fuels, nuclear reactors, renewable technologies, and energy transmission, distribution and storage. A draft report on the UK energy materials supply chain was also launched for public consultation. The next steps for the Working Group relate to the implementation of the SRA. All of the reports and the SRA are available at www.matuk.co.uk/energy.htm