Institute for Energy Systems

The Institute for Energy Systems, IES, is one of six multi-disciplinary research institutes within the School of Engineering at the University of Edinburgh.

Led by Professor Markus Mueller there are seven integrated research areas involving 19 academic staff, 26 research staff and around 50 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 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:

  • DTOcean - Optimal Design Tools for Ocean Energy Arrays, EU FP7
  • ADVANTAGE - Advanced Communications and Information Processing in Smart Grid Systems, Marie Curie ITN, FP7
  • LEANWIND - Logistic Efficiencies And Naval architecture for Wind Installations with Novel Developments, EU FP7
  • MARINA PLATFORM - Multi-Purpose Platforms for Marine Renewable Energy, EU FP7
  • POLYWEC - Polymeric Wave Energy Converter, EU FP7
  • MARINET - Marine Renewables Infrastructure Network, EU FP7
  • UKCCS - UK Centre for Carbon Capture and Storage, EPSRC

Previous projects include:

  • ARIES - Adaption and Resilience in Energy Systems, EPSRC
  • TROPOS - Multi-use Offshore Platforms, EU FP7
  • RENEW-NET - SME support in Electrical Power Engineering

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.

Research Themes

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