Institute of Energy Futures
The Institute of Energy Futures has a holistic approach to the energy costs of food distribution, bringing together researchers from a range of disciplines, as well as mainstream engineering research. We have particular strengths in refrigeration, heating and cooling and in environmental design.
Our research on power networks focuses on algorithms for improving distribution efficiency, and strategies for allowing mass power generation to be added to the grid, rather than the technologies of power generation.
In automotive and power-train we have particular strengths in improving the efficiency and reducing energy cost of existing engines using regenerative braking, as well as unique methodologies for the study of fuels and engines: in particular marrying experimental and modelling methods and through the utilisation of advanced optical diagnostics. We have particular interests in developing efficient bio-fuel supply chains, as well as a number of novel technologies for manufacturing biofuel from industrial waste.
We have the 19th largest combined EPSRC and ESRC grant portfolio in this area, and have recently won a prestigious energy centre from the EPSRC.
Costs can be saved with a hiss
Energy recovery systems for vehicles are a familiar theme in green technology from Formula One cars to family saloons from major manufacturers but there are significant cost issues with storing that energy. F1 uses fantastically expensive flywheels but most commonly, large and extremely heavy and costly battery packs are used. And neither can be fitted easily to existing vehicles, especially commercial ones like lorries and buses. Recovery systems work by... read more