Energy@Edinburgh provides an interdisciplinary approach to tackle one of the major societal challenges facing the world today. Our world-class energy research brings together expertise in engineering, design, business, physical and life sciences, and environmental and social sciences. We collaborate with industry, policy makers and society to lead the way.
Key areas of expertise
Energy policy and economics
Regulation, markets, social practice, national and international energy policy, financing.
Wind, wave, tidal, solar, hydro, biomass, geothermal, energy materials, integration of renewables into grids, resource measurement and modelling.
Energy systems integration
Conventional electricity, renewables, gas, transport, heat, cooling, carbon capture and storage.
Sustainable materials, community energy, smart grids, zero energy buildings, design and architecture.
Resource measurement and modelling, air pollution, water pollution, land, climate, human health.
Low carbon transport
Electric vehicles, haulage, rail infrastructure, marine propulsion, electric aircraft, agriculture, vehicle to grid, fuel cells, policy.
Electro-chemical, thermal, integration of energy storage into networks.
Generation, storage, use in transport, use in electricity generation, fuel cells, integration into gas grid.
Micro grids, smart grids, local energy networks, community energy, communications.
Development and sustainability
Energy technology, water, enterprise, economics, regulation, manufacture, business models, materials, fuel poverty.
Sensor technology, communications, data analysis, machine learning.
Efficiency and end-use demand
Demand-side management, technology, social factors, control, communications, sensors, data analysis.
Low carbon heat and cooling
Reducing carbon emissions in heat and cooling demand. Electric vehicles, haulage, rail infrastructure, marine propulsion, electric aircraft.
Facilities available at the University of Edinburgh for Energy
- Advanced Adsorption Lab
- Dual piston pressure swing adsorption system
- Quantachrome AutoTap and Ultrapycnometer
- Quantachrome Porometer 3Gzh for membranes and membrane modules
- Membrane permeation cells
- High-pressure static volumetric adsorption rig
- Composite Materials Lab
- 300 kN MTS screw-driven test machine with hydraulic grips
- Environmental chamber
- 100kN and 250kN Instron servo-hydraulic test machine
- 50kN Zwick screw-driven test machine
- Imetrum non-contact extensometry and DIC
- Triton DMTA and Perkin-Elmer DSC
- Optical microscopy
- FASTBLADE Structural Composites Research Facility
- Full structural performance test service
- Cost effective, accelerated testing of composite and metal structures
- Full-scale static and dynamic testing
- Eigenfrequency determination
- Validation of repairs and design changes
- Manufacturing inspections of blades, blade moulds and other specimens
- Advanced non-destructive testing methods for thick composites
- FloWave Ocean Energy Research Facility
- Marine renewable energy technology testing
- 360° symmetry of wave and current conditions
- 1/20th scale model testing conditions
- Curved wave tank
- Membrane Technology Facilities
- Radiotracer facility
- A controlled environment room for high precision experiments
- A laboratory water purification system
- Extensive cross-flow, stirred cell, submerged and electrodialysis membrane filtration systems
- The Structures Laboratory
- Structures test hall with strong floor (D*B*H = 9m*6m*6.2m) and “Meccano” test frame system
- Structural testing with up to 2,000 kN capacity for static (load controlled) and 1,000 kN cyclic (fatigue) tests
- Dropping tower of 3m height
- Associated material laboratories contain static-rated universal test machines (from 50 kN to 3,000 kN)
- UK Biochar Research Centre (UKBRC)
- Biochar production and analysis of energy rich co-products
- Applications of biochar
- Feasible development for sustainable resource management
- Edinburgh Complex Fluids Partnership
- Structural characterization
- Rheoimaging and rheology
- Laser diffraction
- Product stability
- DNA manipulation
- High performance computing
Read about our current projects and success stories
Advancing Tidal Power
The University’s Institute for Energy Systems has a Knowledge Transfer Partnership with Nova Innovation, an Edinburgh-based tidal energy device development company. An engineer from the University is working with the company to build a model integrating the structural, thermal and electrical systems of Nova Innovation’s technology.
Collaborative Working in Marine Energy
The University’s Institute for Energy Systems is leading the FP7-funded project Optimal Design Tools for Ocean Arrays, which consists of 18 international partners including Vattenfall, Iberdrola and DEME. The project will provide design tools for the development of ocean energy arrays, enabling open sea demonstration of tidal stream and wave energy technologies.
Improved Heat Storage Technology
Professor Colin Pulham is working with a local start-up company, Sunamp, to develop technology for efficient, low-cost heat storage. This approach reduces CO₂ emissions and fuel bills. The team has developed phase-change materials based on salt hydrates, and the research has had a major impact on the design of Sunamp’s prototype heat-storage batteries.
Pioneering Carbon Capture and Storage
Professor Stuart Haszeldine was the driving force behind the inception of Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage, the UK’s largest research group in its field. SCCS has worked with 25 commercial organisations along the entire CCS chain in Joint Industry Projects. Active partnerships also exist with the Scottish Government, the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency and Scottish Enterprise.
Testing Offshore Wind Infrastructure
Floating Wind Turbines Ltd, a Scottish SME, accessed Energy Technology Partnership funding to facilitate use of FloWave to test a scaled prototype of its novel floating offshore wind turbine foundation.