Cheshire East Council has signed a memorandum of understanding with Keele University covering work on renewable energy.
The two organisations have set up a knowledge transfer network to develop commercial advantages in renewables and the low carbon economy.
Together they will work to strengthen research and technological development in innovation to deliver low carbon energy solutions across the Council’s energy framework and geothermal project.
Officers, faculty members and students from the University will work closely together including spending time working on a reciprocal basis from both sets of premises. The Council will support students working on live projects for their MSc and PhDs.
The partnership will help the Council to be at the forefront of emerging energy technology and sustainable energy projects. It will also provide access to research-based funding to further develop the work of the Council to achieve its energy vision and residents-first approach.
Michael Jones, Leader of the Council, said: “This is an important agreement for the Council and demonstrates yet again our flexibility, innovation and teamwork when it comes realising our ambitions.
“I am determined to eradicate fuel poverty within the borough and this comes on the back of our announcement to launch Fairerpower, an energy supply provider.
Professor Peter Styles, Professor of Applied and Environmental Geophysics from Keele University said: “This partnership will provide an exciting, long-term opportunity for developing truly innovative research. There are significant scientific and commercial benefits to the collaboration and I can see the region being at the forefront of renewable energy research in the very near future”.