Developing fuel cell capabilities: Hatch Regeneris evaluates Manchester’s new Innovation Centre

Hatch Regeneris have been selected to undertake the economic evaluation of Manchester University’s Fuel Cell Innovation Centre.  The new research and development (R&D) facility has received financial support from the UK Government and European Union to establish a state-of-the-art site for research and testing in the heart of Manchester’s university district. It aims to develop the next generation of fuel cell technologies; providing an environment in which academic researchers and businesses can collaborate. The two year evaluation will establish the R&D, commercialisation and regional economic benefits of the Innovation Centre, as well as disseminating lessons learnt and good practice.

Regeneris Hatch are considered experts in the economic evaluation of university and industry led R&D innovation centres and initiatives, including the manner in which they support the growth of sectors and business clusters built around new low carbon and other cutting edge technologies. It builds on our experience in undertaking economic appraisal of public sector funding for innovation centres in future transport and low carbon vehicles, including the Wales Centre for Automotive and Power Systems Engineering and a Midlands-wide, university-led programme of transport innovation investment. We will bring the experience and evaluation skills with which this is built on to the evaluation of this exciting project.

For more information contact Neil Evans, Director Urban Solutions, 07763 121524       

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