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Smart Grid


The Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development (IESD) carries out research on the ‘smart grid’ and electric vehicles.

This includes work on how home heating and appliances can be controlled to reduce stress on the electricity grid and save customers money, and a project to understand better how people use and charge electric cars.

The IESD also has its own Nissan Leaf electric car for research projects.

Key features

The Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development can offer businesses:

  • Innovative environmental design concepts for buildings and low energy systems
  • Computer simulation of buildings to improve or validate designs
  • Detailed fluid dynamic analysis of air flows within and around buildings
  • Surveys of occupant behaviour and interaction with technology
  • Climate and sustainability policy development
  • Smart grids and community energy/carbon flow modelling and analysis
  • Innovative public engagement
  • Energy Visualisation Techniques

Many of our staff are chartered engineers and members of CIBSE, ASHRAE, the Energy Institute and other professional bodies.


Benefits of the services the Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development can provide include:

  • Improved building design and operation
  • More energy efficient, lower cost industrial production
  • Solutions to unusual energy-related building problems
  • Adaptations to achieve a more energy-efficient and sustainable lifestyle
  • Improved knowledge of sustainability and energy/carbon issues

Our experts

Dr Rick Greenough- Principal Lecturer and Head of Research

Please see a full list of experts involved in the research and services of the Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development.

Who we have worked with

Buildings that have benefitted include:

  • School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London
  • Harm A. Weber Library, Judson College, near Chicago
  • Navigation Primary School, Altrincham, Cheshire
  • Low-Energy demonstration building, Hangzhou (China)
  • The Hermitage, St Petersburg (Russia)
  • The Cooperative Group HQ (1 Angel Square, Manchester)

Technical, strategic and policy advice has been given to:

  • City Mayor of Leicester
  • Nottingham and Derbyshire Local Authorities Energy Partnership
  • UK Local Government Association
  • United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
  • Department of Health
  • Department for Education
  • Office of Science

Related services you may be interested in

Related training and education opportunities include Masters courses, individual study modules (At DMU or via distance learning), and bespoke training. For more information please see here.

Contact us

Nadia Omar

Business Development Manager

De Montfort University,
Faculty of Technology,
Gateway House 4.64,
The Gateway,

T: +44 (0) 116 207 8624


Web links

The Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development