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Research teams

The Energy Systems Research Institute is a multidisciplinary team which draws expertise from across the University.

From Schools to research centres, the diversity of expertise and knowledge of our staff enables us to examine and research energy systems from a variety of perspectives.

Staff: Dr Tiago Alves.

Based in the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences.

Our team offers skills and expertise in the geographical constraints and modelling of energy systems and of hydrocarbon exploration and recovery and CO2 storage.

We have expertise in:

  • conventional and unconventional oils and gases
  • the environmental impacts of hydrocarbon exploration and production
  • CO2 capture
  • oil spill modelling and mitigation.

Find out more about the 3D Seismic Laboratory.

Staff: Professor Manu Haddad

Based in the School of Engineering.

Our research focuses on systems and phenomena related to very high voltage electricity. With millions of homes and businesses relying on the National Grid, engineering research in high voltage electrical energy systems is very important in:

  • protecting from surges
  • preventing blackouts
  • ensuring safety and efficiency from the grid across the UK.

Find out more about the Advanced High Voltage Engineering Research Centre.

Staff: Professor Phil Jones

Based in The Welsh School of Architecture.

Our School contributes to the research into low energy, low carbon, and sustainable design in the built environment.

Specific research topics include:

  • the development of computer models for energy and environmental prediction
  • urban scale sustainability
  • research through design
  • building energy and environmental monitoring.

Find out more about the Architectural Science Group.

Staff: Professor Yacine Rezgui

Based in the School of Engineering.

Our aim is to assist a new generation of digital buildings that have lifelong resilience and adaptability to their environment, usage and occupancy. This will be made possible by smart materials and products, integrated design and manufacturing systems, and total lifecycle approaches.

Our group is interested in investigating how to ensure optimum resilience, sustainability, and continual fitness for purpose on our existing building stock and how to best deliver new or refurbished human-centred buildings that address lifetime requirements and are adaptable and resilient.

Find out more about the BRE Trust Centre for Sustainable Engineering.

Staff: Professor Karin Wahl-Jorgensen.

Members of staff in our School research energy systems from the perspective of representation, public debate and public perception of climate change, the environment and risk associated with particular energy forms. Along those lines, work is directed at the social and political contexts surrounding energy systems and futures.

Find out more about the School of Journalism, Media and Culture.

Staff: Professor Nick Jenkins.

Based in the School of Engineering.

Our multidisciplinary engineering group has international expertise in both generation and supply of renewable energy. We aim to meet the challenges of moving towards more extensive use of renewable energy resources.

The Centre's work is organised under three main themes:

  • Smart Grid
  • Energy infrastructure
  • Power electronics and HVDC.

Find out more about the Centre for Integrated Renewable Energy Generation and Supply.

Staff: Professor Phil Bowen and Professor Tim O'Doherty.

Based in the School of Engineering.

Our Centre's focus is to provide efficient, reliable heat and power generation in the move towards a lower carbon economy. Our research involves mitigating the effect of carbon-based heat and power generation (coal, gas, oil) systems, for example, through carbon capture technologies, while developing and improving the efficiency of renewable power sources such as biomass, marine power and solar power.

Find out more about the Centre for Research into Energy, Waste and the Environment.

Staff: Professor Omer Rana.

Based in the School of Computer Science and Informatics.

Our School provides expertise in large scale data analytics, for example the use of real time analysis algorithms for supporting energy demand forecasting; in energy cybersecurity for reliable and resilient control infrastructure in smart grids and other energy grids; and in use of multi-agent systems and system dynamics models for supporting energy demand forecasting and understanding and modelling user behaviours.

Find out more about Distributed & Scientific Computing.

Staff: Professor Oleg Golubchikov and Professor Richard Cowell.

Based in the School of Geography and Planning.

The Cluster brings together the expertise of staff concerned with policy and societal perspectives on energy research, climate change, and low-carbon transitions. Our group interrogates energy as a socio-technical, political and spatial system that interplays with the economy, politics and wellbeing of communities in complex ways and at different scales. The research interests in CPLAN-ERC encompass the following key strands:

  • Energy efficient urban and housing systems and practices
  • The nexus between energy, urban change, and low-carbon transitions
  • The impact of shifting scales of governance on the prospects for energy transitions
  • Community engagement in renewable energy projects such as wind farms
  • Relationships between energy policy, social inequality and social justice
  • Decarbonising the transport sector.

These interests converge on a shared concern with the role of space and place in energy and climate governance.

Find out more about the Energy Research Cluster.

Staff: Professor Damien Murphy.

We offer expertise on the fundamental aspects of energy, including understanding, predicting and manipulating molecules and advanced materials with enhanced properties to energy production, conversion and storage. We have expertise in light harvesting for the generation of energy.

Find out more about the School of Chemistry.

Staff: Professor Nick Pidgeon, Professor Karen Henwood, Professor Wouter Poortinga, Dr Christina Demski and Dr Chris Groves.

Based in the School of Psychology & School of Social Sciences.

Our group is an interdisciplinary social sciences (psychology, sociology and technology studies, geography) research unit which focuses on the impacts upon individuals and communities, and acceptability to people, of environmental and technological risk within everyday life.

We have expertise in:

  • the psychology of climate change
  • public attitudes towards and acceptability of energy supply systems
  • sustainable behaviour change and energy demand reduction
  • social conflicts and sitting of large scale energy technologies
  • risk perception, communication and public engagement.

Find out more about Understanding Risk.

Staff: Professor Max Munday and Professor Calvin Jones.

Based in Cardiff Business School.

Our Unit aims to be the primary source of high quality, academically relevant research on the Welsh Economy for Welsh businesses, public and third sectors. We provide a centre of expertise on the Welsh economy and regional economics.

We have expertise and interest in the socio-economic consequences of new means of electricity production; the development of connections between industrial activity and energy use and socio-economic effects on communities of renewable energy.

Find out more about the Welsh Economy Research Unit.