The future for Manchester’s energy solutions will be decided at Salford University, as European money is being pumped into a historic North-West building.
Joule House, the property where 19th Century physicist James Joule made his ground-breaking discoveries about heat and energy, is undergoing a refurbishment partly funded by the European Regional Development Fund.
The property will be home to University’s Energy Hub, working to help the North-West cut its emissions, as well as working to reach national Carbon Budget targets.
David Malpass, Director of the European Programme, said: “Joule House is a great contribution to the region, providing an excellent facility for energy research.
“Joule House will help the North West reach its low carbon objectives,” he added.
The Carbon Budget is a cap on greenhouse gas emissions created in the UK over a particular time, aiming to cut Britain’s emissions by 50% from 1990 levels.
Salford’s energy department research is working to help achieve this goal, and the funding is set to create a platform for further research development.
Research will take place in the historic building from October, when visitors will be allowed to discover the house for themselves, including the opportunity for educational visits for schools.
University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Martin Hall, believes the house will become part of the University’s heritage.
He said: “The University is fast becoming globally recognised for its energy research.
“It is highly appropriate that our pioneering work takes place at such a scientifically important site,” he added.
The Energy Hub, which itself was granted European funding, works to address a number of energy issues related to the built environment, in both testing and demonstrating circumstances.
The project received just over £1.5m in funding from the ERDF, allowing the university to expand its portfolio of business support activity.
The Joule House is just one in a long line of Greater Manchester developments who have benefited from ERDF funding.
Managed in the region by The North-West Regional Development Agency (NWDA), their allocation for projects in the area is €755 for the six-year period ending in 2013.
A venture to already benefit from ERDF funding is Jodrell Bank ‘live science’ centre, who received £3.1m.
Dr Teresa Anderson, Director of the Jodrell Bank Visitor Centre Project said: “Working in partnership with NWDA was an important milestone for us, we couldn’t of gone forward without their funding.”
Joule House will be open for public visitation from October, on the Crescent campus at Salford University.