HRH The Duke of York visits the University of Southampton
His Royal Highness The Duke of York visited the engineering laboratories of the University of Southampton's Sustainable Energy Research Group today (Thursday 4 November).
The University of Southampton has an international reputation in sustainable energy research. During his visit, the Duke discussed the latest developments with some of this country's leading energy researchers based in the University's Faculty of Engineering and the Environment.
The visit focused particularly on the potential of marine current turbines and other innovative wave and tide projects.
The Duke was also briefed on a project aimed at producing waterwheels for the 21st century to contribute to increasing the use of sustainable energy.
The University of Southampton's range of disciplines enables it to conduct energy research from many different perspectives, from monitoring climate change through to producing renewable energy solutions.
The Duke discussed with academics the importance of the University's strong relationships with business and industry, and how Southampton promotes and supports the transfer of its expertise and knowledge into industry and other external organisations.
Professor William Powrie, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and the Environment, says: "We were delighted to welcome His Royal Highness The Duke of York to the University of Southampton. He showed genuine interest in our research in wave and tidal stream renewable energy and low head hydropower, and we hope that the knowledge of what we do here will be of use in his role as the UK's special representative for international trade and investment."