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