Low Carbon Energy Generation Park

Working with ENGIE to help make Keele carbon neutral by 2030

In partnership with ENGIE, the Low Carbon Energy Generation Park will support Keele University's pledge to be carbon neutral by 2030, and will feature two wind turbines and 12,500 solar panels, as well as an industrial-sized battery to store the generated energy.

Located at the back of the University's Science and Innovation Park, the new facility will generate up to 50% of the University’s campus electricity requirements from renewable sources when it's fully operational in 2022.

Construction progress

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December 2020 - Keele signs renewable energy partnership towards being carbon neutral by 2030

Spring 2021 - Solar photo-voltaic panel installation

Summer 2021 - Energy generation begins

Late 2021 - Wind turbine completion

The 25-year partnership with ENGIE represents part of the University’s response to the climate change agenda through the subsidy-free provision of clean, renewable energy, as part of its ambitious pledge to become carbon neutral by 2030.

The University was one of the first to declare a climate change emergency in 2019, and is supporting Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council in its pledge to become carbon neutral. The energy project also aligns with the Government’s new 10-point plan for a Green Industrial Revolution which highlights the West Midlands as a key area to help drive forward and build green jobs and industries.

As well as unlocking carbon savings, the programme will enable innovative research on the University campus through Keele’s Institute for Sustainable Futures.

The University has already transformed its campus into a unique ‘living laboratory’ replicating a small town, to drive the clean energy transition required to achieve the UK’s ambitious climate change commitments. Landmark projects include:

  • HyDeploy - the first practical experiment in the UK involving blending hydrogen with natural gas
  • Europe's largest Smart Energy Network Demonstrator* - an at-scale environment providing a platform that allows for the research, development and demonstration of sustainable energy solutions