The Supergen programme was set up in 2001 to deliver sustained and coordinated research on Sustainable PowER GENeration and supply, focusing on several key research areas, including bioenergy; energy networks; energy storage; fuel cells; hydrogen and other vectors; marine, wave and tidal; solar technology; and wind power. For phase 3, EPSRC supported seven Supergen hubs with £150 million of investment over a five year period (including a series challenge calls and Centres for Doctoral Training).
The Supergen Programme was reviewed over the summer 2016 by an independent panel. The review report highlighted the scale of the Programme, which now represents one of the UK Governments largest single investments in fundamental research on low-carbon energy generation and sustainable distribution. The review also recognised that the programme has had high academic, socio-economic, environmental and international impact.
As part of this process, EPSRC requested that the existing hubs should work together to co-create a ‘Supergen Programme Strategy’. This will be a living document which the hubs can update over time and use to define the future of the Supergen Programme (full document available below).
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For more information, background and history of the Supergen Programme, please download ‘Supergen Introduction and background ’
For more specific information about the Supergen hubs funded under Phase 3 of the Supergen Programme, how they were governed, how they fit together and what additional funding they achieved – please download ‘Supergen Phase 3 - Benchmarking ’
Supergen Phase 4
Following the review of the Supergen Programme, EPSRC responded to the review recommendations via an Implementation plan. This formed the basis of the subsequent round of calls for Supergen hubs commissioned from 2017 onwards.
The panel made a series of recommendations of which the top six can be found below (EPSRC response in bold):
In addition, all Phase 4 Supergen hubs will be required to broaden their remits to create a more multidisciplinary programme of research. To help achieve this, EPSRC has sought support from other Research Councils within the RCUK Energy Programme (BBSRC, ESRC, NERC and STFC), both in terms of funding and linking to existing cross-council investments.
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For the full report from the independent review panel including all their findings and recommendations, please download ‘Supergen Review 2016 report ’
For the current draft of the research community produced Supergen Programme Strategy, please download it here .
For the full EPSRC implementation plan, please download here .