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David Cameron MP visits sustainable energy research team at University of Southampton

Published: 6 July 2006

David Cameron MP, the leader of the Opposition, visited the engineering laboratories of the University of Southampton's Sustainable Energy Research Group today.

He heard how the range of disciplines at the University enables Southampton to conduct energy research from many different perspectives, from monitoring climate change through to producing renewable energy solutions.

Professor AbuBakr Bahaj, head of the Sustainable Energy Research Group, explained the various areas of renewable energy research undertaken by his team and focused particularly on the potential of marine current turbines. "With the right investment, marine current turbines could in ten years provide 4 per cent of the UK's energy requirements," commented Dr Bahaj. "Over time that could be increased to 10 per cent or more."

Mr Cameron also viewed a project aimed at producing waterwheels for the 21st century to contribute to increasing the use of sustainable energy.

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The Sustainable Energy Research Group is part of the School of Civil Engineering and the Environment at the University of Southampton.

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