Led by Professor Markus Mueller there are seven integrated research areas involving 26 academic staff, 28 research staff and around 70 postgraduate students.
Research in the Institute for Energy Systems (IES) delivers world leading research in low carbon energy systems, technology and policy.
Within IES we have academic expertise in resource modelling and measurement, hydrodynamics, aerodynamics, computational fluid dynamics, thermodynamics, electromagnetics, power electronics, control, power systems analysis and life-cycle analysis.
IES has developed unique world class test facilities for wave and tidal energy, in particular the FloWave Combined Wave and Current Test Tank.
Staff play a central role in marine renewable research at both a national and international level. It hosts the EPSRC-funded SuperGen UK Centre for Marine Energy Research, and is founder and chair of the Ocean Energy Group within the European Energy Research Alliance.
Flagship projects include:
- ADVANTAGE - Advanced Communications and Information Processing in Smart Grid Systems, Marie Curie ITN, FP7
- DTOcean - Optimal Design Tools for Ocean Energy Arrays, EU FP7
- ECOWATT - EPSRC Grand Challenge
- EDRIVE - All electrical drive for marine energy converters, EPSRC Grand Challenge
- FlowTurb - EPSRC Grand Challenge
- LEANWIND - Logistic Efficiencies And Naval architecture for Wind Installations with Novel Developments, EU FP7
- POLYWEC - Polymeric Wave Energy Converter, EU FP7
- TeraWatt - EPSRC Grand Challenge
- UKCCS - UK Centre for Carbon Capture and Storage, EPSRC
Previous projects include:
- ARIES - Adaption and Resilience in Energy Systems, EPSRC
- MARINA PLATFORM - Multi-Purpose Platforms for Marine Renewable Energy, EU FP7
- MARINET - Marine Renewables Infrastructure Network, EU FP7
- RENEW-NET - SME support in Electrical Power Engineering
- TROPOS - Multi-use Offshore Platforms, EU FP7
In addition to traditional PhD training opportunities, IES leads the innovative IDCORE Engineering Doctoral Centre in Offshore Renewable Energy as well as very well-established and successful MSc in Sustainable Energy Systems. IES is a partner in the EPSRC funded CDT in Wind and Marine led by Strathclyde University.
- Clean Combustion Engines
- Electrical Power Conversion
- Energy Policy, Economics and Innovation
- Energy Storage and Carbon Capture
- Energy and Climate Change
- Naval Architecture
- Offshore Renewable Energy
- Power Systems and SMART Grids