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
Locally manufactured hydropower
Improving the reliability of micro-hydropower in Nepal through changes to design, manufacture and project implementation
Exploring peer-to-peer ‘free trade’ in excess energy
Households and businesses that generate their own power through micro-renewables, such as solar panels and wind turbines, may soon be able to decide where to distribute their extra energy using ‘sharing platform’ technology.
Riding Sunbeams seeks to connect solar PV directly into the UK’s electrified rail network to power trains. Direct supply of solar power traction to railway systems has never been done before, neither in the UK nor anywhere else in the world. Its potential to decarbonize railways is huge.
Palm oil in nutrition, health and the environment: Perceptions from a sub-Saharan African setting
We are exploring the misconceptions about the health and ecological impact of palm oil in Cameroon.
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.
Humanitarian energy access
Investigating the market-based delivery of solar home systems in Rwanda refugee camps.
‘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.