Researchers from the Industrial Doctoral Centre for Offshore Renewable Energy and the Institute for Energy Systems had a fantastic week of visiting renewable energy sites, learning more about the industry and getting to know their colleagues from different cohorts. The group visited Whitelee wind farm, National Renewable Energy Centre, Aquamarine Power, Pelamis Wave Power, and European Marine Energy Centre.
Understanding the interactions between energy generation and climate is crucial to providing a resilient and secure energy supply in the future.
The role of power generation in driving climate change is well accepted and a significant amount of the work in this research theme aims to develop not only low carbon energy sources like marine, wind and hydropower but also enhance their contribution by managing variability through network-friendly machines and energy storage.
Privatisation and deregulation of the electricity industry together with increasing penetrations of renewable and gas-fired generation have created a variety of technical and economic issues that must be addressed. These issues are separated into 5 research areas.
The aim of the group is to develop cost-competitive technologies for electricity and thermal energy storage. The work ranges from the development of the storage technologies to their integration into the wider energy system.
The Energy Policy, Economics and Innovation theme addresses the economic and policy aspects of energy systems, combining together expertise on applied economics, innovation theory, energy system organisations and institutions, and the wider policy and regulatory context of energy.