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The latest news from the Sustainable Energy Research Group (SERG) and its projects.


21st December, 2017

SERG researchers Maj and Nicolas have just finished the last for 2017 SERG visit to Africa. The last two weeks they visited old Energy for Development (e4D) projects in Kenya and Uganda. As demand has grown in recent days, they discussed the opportunity for new projects and extension of the existing ones with REA (Rural […]


19th December, 2017

SERG researchers participated into a 5-year programme “Liveable Cities” to transform the engineering of cities to deliver societal and planetary wellbeing within the context of low-carbon living and resource security. More videos by SERG researchers can be found below: Leaky Houses – Luke Blunden Electricity Monitoring Field Study for Carbon Savings – Leonidas Bourikas Rezoning […]


18th December, 2017

Renewable energy is essential to development and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Currently, over 600 million people in Africa have no access to energy, with average electricity grid access a mere 20%. In addition, a mere seven countries on the continent have electrification rates exceeding 50%. Professor AbuBakr Bahaj, Head, Energy and Climate Division […]


13th December, 2017

‘Improving energy security’ is a priority area for the Newton Agham Programme in the Philippines. Building capacity in research and development in energy studies to support the Philippine government’s commitments to the Paris Agreement of 2015 is a need and opportunity for international collaboration under the Newton Fund. One of these initiatives is the British […]


12th December, 2017

On 27th of November, SERG researchers presented their studies on cities in the House of Lords. Programme of the event can be found below:


12th December, 2017

Professor AbuBakr Bahaj, head of Energy and Climate Change Division, is to be awarded Honorary Doctorate from Uppsala University in Sweden. The honours recognise excellence in science and engineering, opening the door for regular visits and sustained collaboration at one of Europe’s oldest and most renowned universities. Professor Bahaj comments, “I am delighted and honoured […]


1st December, 2017

SERG’s Dr Ben Anderson has just started the outgoing phase of his EU H2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie scheme-funded SPATIALEC Global Fellowship. Based at the University of Otago’s Centre for Sustainability, Ben will initially be working on combining time use and electricity monitoring data from the New Zealand GREEN Grid  project with  New Zealand Census data to […]


21st November, 2017

SERG’s Dr Ben Anderson presented the SAVE study design and trial period 1 preliminary analysis at Scottish and Southern Energy Network’s Using Energy Efficiency to Defer Network Reinforcement parliamentary event at the Houses of Parliament on November 20th, 2017. With an introduction from Alan Whitehead MP (Shadow Minister (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) […]


16th October, 2017

The Sustainable Energy Research Group is hosting a roadshow on 9th November 2017. BACKGROUND ‘Liveable Cities’ is an umbrella name for a series of interlinked research projects addressing these questions, carried out by the Universities of Southampton, UCL, Lancaster and Birmingham. Liveable Cities is hosting a series of three roadshows, one in each of its […]


15th October, 2017

Dr Despina Manouseli presented a poster on the IMPETUS domestic hot water demand model at the annual Behavior Energy and Climate Conference in Sacramento, California in October 2017. The poster presented a novel, practices-based approach to hot water demand estimation ‘under normal conditions’ using microsimulation to forecast seasonal demand at the household level under various water/energy conservation scenarios. The models suggest that the installation […]