The Aura Innovation Centre (AIC) will create a facility focused on proactively promoting and supporting research and innovation in low carbon technologies as well as their adoption through the commercialisation of new and innovative low carbon products and services.

By providing the focal point for interactions between the knowledge base and business, the AIC will create a conducive environment for the strengthening of commercial links between research institutions and industry as well as helping to change small business attitudes towards innovation.

Based at the Bridgehead Business Park in Hessle, the project was funded through £4m of European Regional Development Fund investment through the Humber ESIF Programme, with investment totalling £12 completing the project. The programme is sponsored by the University of Hull, who have worked in partnership with the ERDF and Green Port Hull.

The Aura Innovation Centre is about providing practical support to SMEs to develop their products and services to meet the low-carbon agenda and to provide a collaborative space to facilitate the involvement of academia and large business in one space.

Its aim is to foster innovation and research to address the real challenges faced by the offshore wind and low-carbon energy industries.  It will also be about developing and rooting an effective low-carbon energy supply chain in the Energy Estuary with the ultimate goal of regenerating a region and contributing to clean growth, which is central to the UK’s Industrial Strategy.

Ben George, Director, Aura, said: “The centre will encourage innovative and creative thinking, connecting businesses with the brightest minds and talent from the University of Hull. Our Innovation Managers are ready to talk to businesses about their ambitions today.”

For further information about the Aura Innovation Centre can contact the team at aura@hull.ac.uk or visit the Aura website at: www.aurawindenergy.com.