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Energy Technologies Institute

Volume 458: debated on Monday 19 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the timetable is for the establishment of the Energy Technologies Institute; and if he will make a statement. (127260)

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry published the prospectus for the Energy Technologies Institute on 14 September last year. It envisaged that the institute would be legally established and fully operational in 2008, with 50:50 public/private sector funding. The initial four private sector partners (BP, EON UK, EDF and Shell) have so far been joined by Rolls Royce and Caterpillar, and Scottish and Southern Electricity, and discussions are continuing with other organisations. The institute will be legally incorporated and the director appointed over the next few months. The first technical programmes and the organisation to host the institute hub should be identified in the summer.

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what meetings (a) he has and (b) his officials have had with (i) private and (ii) public sector organisations on the Energy Technologies Institute. (127261)

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry published the prospectus for the Energy Technologies Institute on 14 September last year. It envisaged that the Institute would be legally established and fully operational in 2008, with 50:50 public/private sector funding. The initial four private sector partners (BP, EON UK, EDF and Shell) have so far been joined by Rolls Royce and Caterpillar, and Scottish and Southern Electricity, and discussions are continuing with other organisations. The institute will be legally incorporated and the Director appointed over the next few months. The first technical programmes and the organisation to host the institute hub should be identified in the summer.

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what expressions of interest in (a) hosting and (b) managing the Energy Technologies Institute he has received from (i) private and (ii) public sector organisations. (127866)

Research organisations across the UK were invited in January to provide information on energy related research capacity, capabilities and resources and to indicate any interest in hosting the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) director and support staff. Over 20 of the submissions received offered to host the director and support staff. Most of these bids are either from academic institutions or from consortiums lead by them. The submissions are being considered by representatives of the funding partners who will prepare initial advice for the ETI Board (once legally established) and director (once appointed) to consider in detail and to follow-up as appropriate. Decisions will be a matter for the ETI itself.

The initial four private sector partners (BP, EON UK, EDF and Shell) have so far been joined by Rolls Royce and Caterpillar, and Scottish and Southern Electricity, and discussions are continuing with other organisations. The institute will be legally incorporated and the director appointed over the next few months. The first technical programmes and the organisation to host the institute hub should be identified in the summer.