A thought provoking meeting with the Centre for Renewable Energy Systems Technology (CREST) at Loughborough University today. Clearly there is much in this for academics to use as research, but the focus comes down to funding and relevance to specialist fields. I am due to have further discussions with the University's Sustainability Research School to get their take on it.
Talking of funding, the very helpful sustainability team at NW Leicestershire council have listed Ashby 2020 as on of 10 projects to be supported by a Knowledge Tranfer Partnership study by Dr Andrew Reeves for two years. Details of how this will work in practice are still being worked out, but it seems we will get Dr Reeves for around 20 days per year to study and/or advise on the 2020 initiative - fantastic!