Low carbon energy
Developing sustainable energy policy and technologies is crucial to providing a safe, reliable and low-cost energy supply for a growing global population. We innovate in every part of the energy system, from generation and storage, to regulation and end-user demand.
What we do and why we have impact
We offer world leading research and training across the low carbon energy sector.
We produce innovative solutions for providing new forms of energy generation, such as diamond batteries and state-of-the art solar technologies.
We work with a wide range of industrial partners in the low carbon energy sector, leading major collaborative programmes such as the South West Nuclear Hub and the Wind Blade Research Hub.
We collaborate with nations across the globe to develop sustainable energy technologies for some of the world's poorest communities.
We have excellent connections to low carbon energy networks
These include the Partnership for Research in Marine Renewable Energy (PRIMaRE), the South West Nuclear Hub and Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult.
Current energy research projects
We specialise in Photovoltaic Technology based on Earth Abundant Materials (PVTEAM) & Energy and the physical sciences: Beta-enhanced thermionic energy converters and nuclear batteries employing nanostructured diamond electrodes.
‘Diamond-age’ of power generation as nuclear batteries developed
New technology has been developed that uses nuclear waste to generate electricity in a nuclear-powered battery.
Renewable energy microgrids
Designing a methodology and a micro-grid system that could help redress energy imbalances across the world.