The keenness of universities to join Storelectric's consortium is extremely gratifying, and very reassuring that not only do we have something truly innovative, but also it looks so do-able that they want their names to be associated with it.
UCLan (University of Central Lancashire) were the first on board, and have been backing us since with true enthusiasm. They will be doing much of the general background work to support the initial pilot, such as geology, ecology and planning. They also have considerable experience running EU programmes, and will be supporting us in the administration and reporting of any EU funded projects we may win - starting with the Horizon 2020 bid we're currently preparing. UCLan is a fast growing university that is fast building a reputation for their industrial liaison and support.
University of Chester, like UCLan, are building a reputation for industrial support. They recently received the country's largest-ever endowment, the 110 acre and fully equipped Shell Technology Centre at Stanlow refinery, which is being re-named their Thornton Campus and is the seat of their new Faculty of Engineering. They have also taken on a number of former Shell researchers and engineers. Their support will be invaluable in a year or so, as we start designing the implementation of the pipeline, fluid management and thermal management systems.
University of Manchester is the alma mater of both Jeff and Mark: Jeff read Maths and Physics at Manchester while Mark read Physics with Electronics at UMIST, with which it merged in 2004. Manchester has enormous resources in environmental and high voltage engineering, including a partnership with National Grid, all of which will be invaluable to Storelectric. They also have a great strength in the environmental and societal ramifications of various energy industries.
University College Dublin (UCD) is Ireland's premier university, renowned for excellence and research. They have long experience working with many energy companies on new technologies and installations, all of which they bring to bear on this. Being in a country without major salt basins (the Irish one is in Northern Ireland), they are also ideally placed to examine how countries without such basins can use their interconnects to gain most of the benefits of CAES in neighbouring countries. Moreover, with Siemens, they are the third EU national partner for EU funding applications.