Energy in the Built Environment focusses on the development of cost-effective building systems; regulatory measures and policies; and their effects on human behaviour, health and the surrounding environment.
The main research areas include building energy and indoor environmental quality assessment, building performance, renewable energy systems, energy efficiency and health, outdoor microclimate and its influence on buildings and people.
Conversion and Storage
New and novel methods to up-convert energy into more useful forms. This energy can then be utilised immediately or be stored efficiently and cheaply. Examples include new materials for solar cells, creating high temperature heat from solar, creating and storing renewable hydrogen and biofuels, efficient supercapacitors and thermal storage for the built environment.
Economics and Policy
The energy economics and policy area focuses on the relationships between markets, regulation and consumers in energy transitions.
We research how market frameworks and policy influence the economics and subsequently the success or failure of energy transition efforts. Research expertise in this area includes: energy and environmental law, which a special focus on renewable energy and electricity market regulation; the economics of energy transitions, electricity markets and on the adoption of efficient technologies; politics and policies of renewable energy and energy transitions.
Electrical Energy Systems
Innovative approaches to generate, convert and distribute electrical energy, underpinning the transition to a renewable energy based 21st century smart electrical grid from a centralised fossil-fuel approach. Advanced power electronic conversion systems, new electrical system technologies, novel grid control strategies and sophisticated modelling, analysis and planning, must all work together to achieve this change.
Power and Energy Informatics
The Power & Energy Informatics group has internationally recognised expertise in all aspects of modelling, analysis, control, design and optimisation of Future Energy Systems and Smart Grids, addressing industrial problems, such as energy storage systems, energy analytics, economic dispatch, network vulnerability analysis, microgrid network control, network security and issues concerning cyber-physical-social energy systems.