Low Carbon Research Institute (LCRI)
We are a virtual organisation set up in 2008 with initial funding support from the Higher Education Funding Council of Wales (HEFCW).
We have changed the landscape of the academic discipline of energy research in Wales. We developed capacity and facilities around the existing areas of low carbon and energy expertise in Wales whilst being international in our outlook, and with a strategic long term programme of research.
We have brought together a considerable and diverse range of energy expertise throughout Wales and have coordinated research, technology development/demonstration and transfer, to enable the Welsh Government to deliver its Energy and Climate Policy agendas, whilst promoting Wales as an international showcase for sustainable low carbon energy technology.
The Welsh School of Architecture are the lead partner, with the other core partner Institutions being:
- IBERS (Aberystwyth University)
- the School of Chemistry (Bangor University)
- the Centre for Solar Energy Research (Glyndŵr University)
- Cardiff School of Engineering (Cardiff University)
- the Sustainable Environment Research Centre (University of South Wales)
- the College of Engineering (Swansea).
Our research and postgraduate training is organised under eight low carbon themes:
- Hydrogen Energy Systems
- Large Scale Power Generation
- Low Carbon Built Environment
- Marine energy
- Photovoltaics and Power Electronics
- Low Carbon Transitions and Policy
- the Graduate School.
We have attracted and helped train more than 150 key researchers in the low carbon energy field, secured a portfolio of £85 million (including match funding), and £65 million (excluding match funding) of research funds, from research councils (BBSRC, ESRC, EPSRC, NERC), EU and other government and industry bodies, and delivered a wide range of research outputs to academia, industry and government.
Through our research, we have raised the profile of, and encouraged enhanced activities in, low carbon initiatives in Wales, working nationally and internationally to develop and present Wales as a leader in low carbon technologies.
We are working towards long term more affordable low carbon energy deployment and costs, more efficient use of energy from different sources and end uses, less import dependence and greenhouse gas mitigation.