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Zero-carbon Energy Research Oxford and The Energy Systems Accelerator: Launch event


Holywell House, Osney Mead, Oxford, OX2 0ES

Date & Time

Thursday 26 May 2022 4pm - Thursday 26 May 2022 8.30pm

We are delighted to invite you to an evening reception to celebrate the launch of two new initiatives that further increase the University of Oxford’s activity in the energy transition:

  • The Zero-carbon Energy Research Oxford (ZERO) Institute, a £3.25M initiative bringing together leading academics across disciplines providing insights, tools and techniques that will accelerate the transition to a just zero-carbon energy system.
  • The Energy Systems Accelerator (Mini-TESA), a 100-person building co-locating University research with SSEN and the Low Carbon Hub, that will trial a range of novel methods for innovation in low carbon energy systems. The Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (OxLEP) – working with the University of Oxford – secured £600,000 of government funding for the Mini TESA project via the Getting Building Fund.

These initiatives build upon the University of Oxford’s 200 plus senior academics who are undertaking research into all aspects of the energy transition. Their work is making a huge impact, as shown by many Impact Case Studies and fast-growing spinouts. We also have a long tradition of partnering on large-scale projects with local stakeholders, work that includes 2 of the 3 UK Large-scale National Demonstrators under the ‘Prospering from the Energy Revolution Challenge Fund’: Local Energy Oxfordshire (LEO) and the Energy Superhub Oxford (ESO). We are also at the core of a global hub, including founding the International Community for Local Smart Grids, which was launched at COP 26.

The event will also celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the Low Carbon Hub, a member of the Mini-TESA community. This award-winning community energy organisation is out to prove we can meet our energy needs in a way that’s good for people and good for the planet. As a key partner in Project LEO, the Low Carbon Hub is drawing on this decade of experience, delivering practical community-led solutions accelerating the transition to net zero.

Professors Nick Eyre and Malcolm McCulloch (ZERO Interim Co-Directors) 


Event Programme

4pm: Posters and pop-ups in Holywell House, home of Mini-TESA

5pm: Speeches in the Marquee

6pm to 8.30pm: Food, drinks and networking


Getting to the event

We encourage you to use public transport to attend this event.


Oxford train station is approximately a 15mins walk from Holywell House.


The nearest bus stop to the venue is Osney Island on the Botley Road. A bus timetable can be found here. It is then about a 15mins walk to Holywell House.

Park and Ride

If coming by car, please park at Seacourt Park and Ride, which is located off the A420 from Swindon and Bath, to the west of the city on the Botley Road. It costs £2 to park at Seacourt Park and Ride and a return bus fare costs £3. Take the no. 400 bus to Osney Island.