Energy, Environment & Sustainability
The related subjects of energy, environment and sustainability extend across a range of significant research activities within IDEAS.
Engineering research is focused on providing innovative and practical solutions to industrial problems. We have strong industry focused research in the oil & gas and renewable/sustainable energy sector. Engineering research is well recognised for transferring new technologies to industry through spin-out companies, patents and Knowledge Transfer Partnerships. Research in engineering is organised under two multi-disciplinary research groups, Energy and Environmental Technologies:
This group focuses on solving various aspects of problems related to oil & gas. In recent times, the expertise developed for oil & gas has been transferred to renewable/sustainable energy.
Energy research is organised under the following sub-groupings:
The oil and gas industry is currently extending the frontiers of current technologies as well as adopting a vast array of new innovative technologies.
From Flow Assurance in Oil and Gas to Water Management in Fuel Cells.
Condition Monitoring Group is focused on developing and applying instrumentation to non-destructive (or semi-destructive) testing of materials and structures
Fundamental and applied research into a wide range of materials, from high performance composites to biomedical.
This group works on environmental engineering, specifically photocatalytic technology and reactor development, photocatalytic treatment of waste products, developing a range of sensors including real time and in-situ sensors, environmental sensing & monitoring, and the development of tracers/taggants for the Oil & Gas industry. Within the theme lie a number of established research centres and groups including:
The impact of Renewable/Sustainable Energy activities on practice forms a specific centre, Centre for Understanding Sustainability in Practice (CUSP).
In the Research Assessment Exercise 2008, research in the School of Engineering was graded as "world leading" for 5% of the submission, with a further 80% judged to be at international level.