Centre for Energy

Future Energy

With every aspect of our current western lifestyle depending on it, cheap and abundant energy is possibly the greatest outcome of the industrial revolution.

Current concerns about peak oil and greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels mean that there is a strong focus on future energy sources. As energy infrastructure is expensive and in use for decades, any future energy sources need to be evaluated to ensure that they remain economic, practical and of low environmental impact, not only for the near term but the long term.

Evaluation of the economic, social and environmental effects of new energy technologies need to be carried out to ensure that any mistakes of the past are not repeated.

Our research focuses on ensuring the energy sources of the future are developed in a way that is sustainable – in all senses of the word.

Research areas

  • Bioenergy, biogas, second-generation biofuel technologies, bio-refineries.
  • Hydrogen energy technologies.
  • Fuel cells.
  • Advanced energetic materials.
  • Synthetic fuels.
  • Solar thermal energy.
  • Energy efficiency.
  • Applied catalysis.
  • Unconventional resources (gas hydrate, tight gas, oil shale and peat, coal-bed methane).