A new £30mn energy research and development facility has opened in Gateshead, allowing forward-thinking businesses to test their ideas at a large scale in real-world conditions.

InTEGRel is the UK’s first fully integrated energy systems research, development and demonstration site. It is part of Northern Gas Networks’ (NGN) work to develop a fully integrated, zero carbon energy network. NGN will operate the site in collaboration with Northern Powergrid and Newcastle University, in partnership with EPSRC National Centre for Energy Systems Integration (CESI). NGN said that InTEGRel will tackle the UK’s energy challenges “head on”. Teams of academics and engineers will work to deliver breakthroughs in the decarbonisation of heat, energy storage and transport.

Commenting on the launch, Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark said: “As part of our Industrial Strategy this Government is working closely with partners in the energy sector to position the UK at the forefront of global efforts to develop carbon-free energy solutions. The InTEGReL project demonstrates how the private sector – working with the UK’s world class Higher Education sector – can take a leading role in helping Britain reach our 2050 emission reduction target.”

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