Engineering and the Environment

Research Group: Energy Technology

The Energy Technology Research (ETR) Group is the focal point for energy research in Engineering and the Environment. We are engaged in cutting-edge fundamental and applied research underpinning sustainable energy technologies. Our activities are organised around eight research laboratories, covering a wide spectrum of mainstream and renewable energy technologies. Our mission is to address major scientific and technological challenges faced by the world in the 21st century and beyond in energy efficiency, emerging energy technologies and sustainability. We are also concerned with the social, economic and environmental impact of energy technologies.

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Group Overview

We use multidisciplinary approaches and collaborate extensively with local, national and international research centres. Our activities are supported by world-class computing and experimental facilities, and are funded by research councils, TSB, industry and the EU. Excellent opportunities exist for postgraduate and postdoctoral research, as well as for visiting scholars, industrialists and policymakers.

Our eight research laboratories cover a wide spectrum of mainstream and renewable energy technologies:

Contact us

  • Engineering Sciences Unit

    Engineering and the Environment
    University of Southampton
    Highfield Campus
    Southampton SO17 1BJ

    Senior Administrative Officer: Sue Berger
    Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 2871
    Administrative Officer: Jo Laryea
    Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 5568

    Email: engsci@soton.ac.uk

Artist's impression of an OTEC plan

Offshore thermal energy conversion (OTEC) could provide a source of electricity and clean drinking water

Artist's impression of an OTEC plan

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Staff

Members of staff associated with this group:

Facilities

Electromechanical Energy

The ETR Group has a wide portfolio of state-of-the-art facilities which are available both for research and consultancy.

Electrochemical Engineering Lab (D. Bavykin, C.P.d Leon, R. Wills)

The research interests of the Electrochemical Engineering laboratory range from synthesis and characterisation of new electrode materials through to the design of industrial electrochemical reactors such as fuel cells and redox flow batteries.The Electrochemical lab is equipped with multiple flow cell test rigs for electrochemical processes and includes also:

  • UV-Vis spectrometer Neosys-2000
  • Hydrogen adsorption equipment PCTPro-2000
  • Flow cell rigs
  • Fuel cell rig

Combustion and Sequestration Modelling (R. Dinesh Kahanda Koralage)

Research facilities include multi-physics finite element analysis software and access to high performance computing such as the Iridis 4 supercomputer at the University of Southampton and National UK supercomputer ARCHER.

Electro-mechanical Lab (A. Cruden, Z. Jiang)

The Electro-mechanical Lab facilities include:

  • a Gas Chromatgraphy
  • a Sunlight simulator
  • aMagnetoFluidised bed reactor
  • an electrospinner
  • a Maccor battery test system
  • National Instruments Data Acquisition System
  • a Thermal Camera

Automotive Lab (A. Cruden)

The Automotive lab support research activities related to traditional, hybrid and electric vehicles and include:

  • a Cobra Electric Vehicle
  • Dynapro rolling road Dynamometer

Cryogenics and Superconductivity Lab (Y. Yang )

The Cryogenics and Superconductivity Lab is actively engaged in fundamental and applied research in cryogenic engineering and superconductivity. Lab equipment includes:

  • Several furnances for material processing up to 1000 °C with controlled atmosphere.
  • AC loss measurement system
  • Cryogen-free 10T superconducting magnet with 100mm warm bore.
  • Testbed for 100kW superconducting rotatig machines at 60K-77K.
  • Measurement System for thermal conductivity, resistivity, heat capacity, magnetic properties in the temperature range from 1.9K to 300K.
  • a Cable and a Dual Mode Cryostat