The Energy Research Group within the Engineering Department is the focal point for energy-related research, which includes the Renewable Energy Group (LUREG).

We are concerned with the technological, environmental, economic and social impacts of energy technologies.

The group is engaged with a wide range of cutting-edge fundamental and applied research activities in sustainable energy utilisation, including renewable energy technologies. The group undertakes research in a number of core areas of both mainstream and renewable energy technologies, specifically in Bioenergy Utilisation, Combustion and Fuels, Electricity System, Hydro Power and Fluid Machinery, Wave and Tidal Energy, Wind Energy and other cleaner energy utilisation technologies.

The Renewable Energy Group (LUREG), carries out research into conversion of energy from natural sources, including waves, tides, wind and land-based hydropower. Aspects of renewable energy production such as system condition monitoring and economics also form strong research themes.

Waves, wind, tides and hydro are plentiful sources of energy globally, and more especially for the UK, which is surrounded by the sea and benefits from generous wind and rainfall. Off the west coasts of the British Isles, there is a vigorous climate of sea waves. Tidal variations in sites such as the Severn Estuary are among the highest in the world.

Wave and tidal power devices are by their nature almost entirely submerged beneath the water surface. Consequently, they are almost invisible and do not suffer the opposition that is often aroused by wind-turbine installations, for example. A second bonus is that, for given power output, water-based devices are generally smaller than those based on wind or other sources, because water is 800 times denser than air.

Current research projects in the group are funded from a variety of sources, including research council, regional development, European Union, industrial and individual sources, and range from single projects conceived and developed within the department to multi-million multi-institutional national-scale projects.

We encourage enquiries from individuals to institutes to make use of our excellent facilities and expertise in the field of renewable energy. Whether it's proof of concept testing or more in-depth model validation, LUREG welcomes the opportunity to work with external researchers and developers of renewable energy devices.



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Dr Sergio Campobasso

Senior Lecturer
+44 (0)1524 594673
+44 (0)1524 593012 C - Floor, Engineering Building

Dr Xiandong Ma

Senior Lecturer
+44 (0)1524 593700 Engineering Building

Sean Petley

PhD student

Dr Stephen Quayle

Teaching Fellow
+44 (0)1524 593095

Martin Widden

Senior Lecturer
+44 (0)1524 594638 B097, B - Floor, Old Engineering Building


Hyperspectral imaging of neutrons with a Compton Camera and Coded aperture
02/11/2015 → 02/05/2019

Three-dimensional unsteady aerodynamics and aeroelasticity of wind turbine rotors based on the COSA time-domain and harmonic balance Navier-Stokes code. from
07/04/2015 → 26/06/2015

Reducing the runtime and improving the ease-of-use and portability of the COSA 3D harmonic balance Navier-Stokes solver for open rotor unsteady aerodynamics
19/01/2015 → 18/01/2016

Detection of Waterborne Tritium
06/10/2014 → 06/10/2017

The Development of a Semiconductor based Hybrid Pixelated Multi-modal Spectroscopic Gamma and Neutron Radiation Detector
06/10/2014 → 06/10/2020

CFD-based assessment of hydrokinetic and wind turbine power production in real flow conditions
01/05/2014 → 28/02/2015

UK Consortium on Turbulent Reacting Flows (UKCTRF)
08/01/2014 → …

FST-LU: Environmentally friendly technology for polycarbonate production from waste
01/01/2014 → 31/12/2014

Recovery of metal value from end of life PEMFC
22/10/2013 → …

Clean Energy Utilisation from Biogas and Biomass Gasification
21/10/2013 → 31/08/2017

FST CASE Studentship: Design and testin of a Novel Neutron Meter
01/04/2013 → …

FST CASE Studentship: AFC Energy
01/01/2013 → 31/12/2016

Intelligent Communication Management and Control Architecture for Smart Grid (Fully Funded Studentship)
01/10/2012 → 31/03/2016

Energy Management Methods for Scalable Smart Grid (Fully Funded Studentship)
01/08/2012 → 31/01/2016

Variable-fidelity robust aerodynamic design of wind turbine rotors
01/09/2011 → 31/03/2015

The Development of Nanoporous Metal Membranes for Nalytical Seperation Processes
01/10/2009 → 31/03/2011