Renewable Energy

The Sustainable Energy Research Group seeks to address the sustainable energy challenge across a range of scales and approaches. This encompasses diverse topics such as resource assessment of MW scale wet renewables, performance trials of micro-wind turbines, thin film photovoltaic development. Each research area looks at one or more aspects of the resource, converter and end user chain and how they interact.

PV Solar photovoltaics (PV) is considered to be an established renewable energy generation technology. The research group originally started out working on photovoltaic research in 1992. The group’s research covers cell development, module design (PV roof tile). Furthermore, various forms of practical PV applications are being investigated. More …
PV Wind Energy research has been carried out by the Sustainable Energy Research Group at micro generation level and also macro resource assessment level. SERG produced a high profile report integrating issues of domestic wind speed prediction, field study performance, potential market for small-scale wind turbines and recommendations for domestic consumers. More …
Tidal Tidal stream energy is increasingly being recognised as a viable energy source to be exploited for the sustainable generation of electrical power. The research group address resource assessment, hydrodynamic design of  machines and influences of arrays/farms performances and the environment.  More …
Hydro Low head hydro power is often considered as an antiquated technology and its potentials are mostly underestimated. The research group undertakes research into improved designs and geometries of water wheels with modern materials as well as detailed performance studies. More …
Wave Methods of extracting energy from waves has recently come back into focus with demands of renewable energy from all resources.  The research group investigates both the fundamental of hydrodynamic design and resource assessment. More …

 

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