Efficient and sustainable energy development is an ever-present need in the modern world. The need to reduce waste energy in a cost-effective manner, whilst keeping convenience, is a driving force in the work of our STET group.
The group works with organisations such as The British Antarctic Society, CK Solar and Eon to tackle a wide-range of sustainability issues. The primary areas of research are:
Staff are involved in the Birmingham Science City Research Alliance and in delivering the thermal energy technology part of the Science City Energy Efficiency Project. Our facilities include refurbished laboratory space with some of the latest analytical and test equipment.
- EPSRC Program Grant funding of £5.4 million over 5 years will support research into Low Temperature Heat Recovery and Distribution Network Technologies (LoT-NET). The project, valued at over £6.5 million, has support from the school of Engineering for a number of PhD scholarships.
- InnovateUK funding for a Thermal Energy Research Accelerator (T-ERA) has provided £2 million investment for laboratory and facility infrastructure in the area of thermal energy materials analytics.
- Small Smart Sustainable Systems for Domestic Hot Water (4S-DHW)
- Multi-scale Analysis for Facilities for Energy Storage Technologies (Manifest)
- Our Interdisciplinary Centre for Storage, Transformation and Upgrading of Thermal Energy (i-STUTE), was supported by EPSRC with an award of over £5 millon for 5 years, creating PhD and postdoctoral opportunities.
- Industrial Demand Reduction through Innovative Storage Technologies (IDRIST)
- High Performance Vacuum Flat Plate Solar Thermal Collectors for Hot Water and Process Heat