Energy and its uses are an integral and essential part of our lives. Energy has always been associated with engineering through infrastructure developments, procurement of primary energy sources and the generation of electricity. Increasingly in the modern world, our focus is turning towards the environment and the creation of a sustainable future.
Energy is embedded into the heart of Engineering and the Environment, from improving the performance of the shipping industry to generating sustainable energy from household waste.
However the focus of our research is conducted through the ‘Energy and Climate Change Group' the ‘Energy Technology Group' and the 'Water and Environmental Engineering Group' whose research specialisms include:
Staff from these disciplines contribute extensively to our Undergraduate courses in Civil, Environmental and Maritime Engineering, as well as our specialist MSc courses in ‘Energy and Sustainability', ‘Environmental Pollution Control' and ‘Sustainable Energy Technologies'.
Areas of research expertise are focussed through the two main energy research groups within the Faculty.
The ‘Energy and Climate Change Group', led by Professor Bahaj, are specialists in the fields of: Solar Photovoltaics, Tidal Energy, Wave Energy, Energy Management in the Built Environment, Microgeneration Technologies, Climate Change, Hydropower and Pollution Control.
The Water and Environmental Engineering Group led by Professor Banks undertakes a wide range of research which includes: the use of waste and purpose grown biomass for biochemical conversion to energy; the engineering design of algal cultivation systems; and low head hydropower generation.
Research is conducted through eight world class laboratories that cover a wide range of mainstream and traditional areas. These are: thermal energy, electrochemical engineering, solar energy, maritime energy, electromechanical energy, materials for energy, energy management and control, Environmental Biotechnology and the institute of cryogenics. The work is further supported by three university run research centres; the ‘Sustainable Energy Research Group' the ‘Centre for Coastal Processes, Engineering and Management' and the Bioenergy and Organic Resources Research Group.
The University does not run any specific ‘Energy' courses at the undergraduate level. It is recommended that students study a degree in a related field that is accepted for their desired MSc programme. These include:
Applications for the MSc courses are reviewed on an individual basis so it is worth checking that your degree meets the individual requirements for the MSc course of interest by contacting the course co-ordinator. The following courses are recommended:
BEng Civil Engineering (3 years)
Consultancy is provided primarily through the Research Institute for Industry. RIfI is a cutting edge consultancy and applied research organisation able to support and collaborate with industry in the specialist fields of the Energy research groups.
Within the University there are an extensive range of facilities designed specifically for research into the field of Energy. These include:
Building Integrated PV Arrays
Photovoltaic Test Facilities
Holographic Optical Element Test Facade
Accelerated Lifetime Testing Rig for Electric Connectors
Wave, Tidal and Hydropower Facilities
Marine Current Energy Converters
Climate Change Weather File Generation Tools
Bioenergy laboratories and field stations
For further information on the facilities owned by Engineering and the Environment please see the ‘Facilities' webpage.