The UK District Energy Association Associate Member:
Institute of Energy, Cardiff School of Engineering, Cardiff University
The Institute of Energy encompasses high quality interdisciplinary research, education and training to address future predicted skills shortages in attracting the next generation of engineers and researchers in the fields of sustainable energy.
The department have the large scale facilities necessary to move research towards demonstrating the viability of technology, and they engage and interact extensively with industry and academia to have an impact on increasing UK capacity and capability in sustainable energy technologies.
It is now widely recognised that the transformation and use of energy will become increasingly constrained by the need to reduce CO2 emissions. The Committee on Climate Change now advocates an 80% reduction by 2050 and effective de-carbonisation of the power sector by 2030.
The UK Government has identified the worldwide market for low carbon goods and services to be $3 trillion and that 400,000 new jobs will be created in the UK within this sector over the next 8 years. The Institute of Energy is geared up to respond to this radical transformation of our economy.
The urgency and scale of the task are such that we need to contribute both to the longer term creation of knowledge (the traditional role of the universities), but also to analyse and understand what is necessary to encourage the adoption of low carbon technologies that exist, but have yet to be deployed widely.
The Institute of Energy is an innovative and pioneering research centre with a mission to advance energy technology and play a key role in addressing the increasing demand for sustainable and low carbon technologies.
The Institute encompasses high quality research, education and training to address predicted skills shortages in the field of sustainable energy as the UK works towards the Government's targets for the reduction of CO2 emissions.
They have large scale facilities necessary to move research towards demonstrating the viability of technology and they engage and interact extensively with industry and academia to have an impact on increasing UK capacity and capability in sustainable energy technologies.
Their varied but complementary expertise allows not only in-depth investigation of particular aspects of energy technologies, but also assessment of entire energy systems and evaluation of their costs and benefits.
The integrated institute sits within a practical environment, bringing together academics with a variety of backgrounds and a wealth of experience to contribute to the transformation to a low carbon society.
The varied but complementary expertise allows not only in-depth investigation of particular aspects of energy technologies, but also assessment of entire energy systems and evaluation of their costs and benefits.
They play their part in enhancing the quality and quantity of UK research and training in renewable and low carbon generation, through knowledge transfer, and through supporting the deployment of new technologies.
As enthusiasts for integrated whole systems research, they undertake internationally-competitive research of high impact, in all aspects of low carbon energy supply and utilisation. In addition to innovative research, they offer leadership, training and supervision of research students, at undergraduate and postgraduate level, and increasingly industrial Continuing Professional Development training.
The institute transfer knowledge and expertise extensively with fellow international research centres, and exploit collaborative opportunities with other academic institutions, and with a broad range of industrial sectors – with manufacturers, consultants, contractors and utilities in the energy sector.
The holistic approach will produce an integrated view of future energy supply, demand and distribution, that encompasses technological, environmental, economic and security aspects.
They work with governments in a local context, but also contribute and engage on the global stage, to address key issues and research challenges which will impact upon future energy requirements.
The Institute of Energy is well placed to support the development of Wales' own energy agenda, using its natural resources including coal, wind, wave and tidal energy.
They are represented on the management board of, and actively collaborate with, the Low Carbon Research Institute, as well as other Welsh energy-related networks. Nick Jenkins is a co-director of the UK Energy Research Centre (for Energy Supply); whilst the IoE is also represented on the EU Technology Platform steering committees for Biofuels and SmartGrids, which advise the EU on Energy Policy via the Strategic Energy & Technology (SET) plan.
Institute of Energy
Cardiff School of Engineering
Tel: +44(0) 29 2087 4428