Our institutional strength is in low-carbon energy supply, power generation, advanced fossil fuel technologies and transport systems. Our focus is on world-class, industrial-scale research and pilot-scale demonstration programmes.

We undertake underpinning and applied research across a range of energy applications to provide reliable evidence to reduce commercial, technical and environmental risks by supporting the scale-up and implementation of technologies.

Why work with us?

Businesses choose to work with us because of our deep knowledge and outstanding reputation. Combined with our industrial-scale test facilities and professional contract management ability, this allows us to deliver unrivalled solutions for our clients.

Services we provide for clients in the energy sector include:

  • Training programmes (bespoke and open courses);
  • Consultancy;
  • Desktop studies;
  • Pilot-scale technology evaluation;
  • Collaboration with other universities to upscale new ideas;
  • Independent standards and design guidance;
  • Techno-economic and environmental studies;
  • Feasibility studies;
  • Development and optimisation of new processes, components and devices;
  • Provision of industry-relevant engineering data;
  • Consortium development and partnering.

We establish long-term, durable relationships with our clients. We aim to create a professional collaborative environment, based on trust and the free exchange of information, subject to necessary confidentiality and other agreements. We respect the need for the close management of intellectual property and process data, and only use the shared information where all parties are in full agreement.

These relationships often extend from research collaboration to supporting exploitation and cooperation in developing new master's level teaching activities and bespoke training to benefit the industry concerned.

Who we work with

Our established clients, whether industry- or research-based, are also our primary partners in collaborative research projects. We work with many other research and university partners from around the world, with the aim of helping to build effective teams to deliver the required outputs and ensure effective technology transfer.

We participate in many UK/EU industry and research networks and technology groupings, such as the UK CCS Research Centre, Advanced Power Generation Technology Forum, SupergenWinf, SupergenMarine, and Energy Materials Industrial Research Initiative. We interact regularly with UK Government and EU Commission officials to ensure we are well informed.