Location – Sustainability

When developed the Science Central site will complement and add value to other key sites in the region, where the commercialisation of scientific innovation in the areas of low carbon technologies, new and renewable energy and transport, amongst others, are already being realised.

The region has capatalised upon it’s strength in this sector by building an excellent infrastructure which link public sector, private sector and the region’s universities. Among organisations supporting the work are the Universities of Newcastle, Durham and Northumbria, the New and Renewable Energy Centre (NaREC), the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI), including the Plastic Electronics Centre (PeTEC) and numerous innovative private sector companies, from start-up businesses to global players.

The New and Renewable Energy Centre (NaREC) capitalises on the region’s world-class science and industrial base to deliver an internationally recognised facility for fast-tracking new and renewable energy R&D through to commercialisation.  NaREC’s activities directly address the key economic and performance drivers of wind, wave, current, solar, biomass and clean fuel energies in order to accelerate and exploit future markets.

The Centre for Process Innovation  (CPI) develops products, solutions, services and businesses in the process and manufacturing sectors.  It was brought together in April 2008 by the merger of two UK government-backed Centres of Excellence, both formed in 2004: the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) on Teesside and the Centre for Nanotechnology, Microtechnology and Photonics (Cenamps) in Newcastle.  Across its specialist technology areas, CPI delivers a unique portfolio of services to the global business community: process innovation; consultancy and research; and the formation and management of development partnerships and joint ventures.

PETEC Sedgefield is home to some of the world’s most advanced prototyping equipment and laboratories for developing printed electronics. The facility includes a 600m2 class 1000 cleanroom (class 100 lithography area) and is supported by fully equipped formulations and electrical test laboratories. The initial focus of work is development of printed transistor backplanes for flexible displays. This versatile equipment set will also allow proof of concept products to be made in the area of solid state lighting and organic photovoltaics in the near future. Additional investments in process equipment are being made to support this expansion in capability