The IESD has been very successful in winning research grants and contracts from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), European Union (EU), and the Technology Strategy Board (now Innovate UK). The group also works with industrial partners on directly funded research projects.
A key strength of IESD is that the group comprises academics with a range of disciplinary backgrounds who are co-located. This facilitates effective collaboration that is essential to our research into energy and sustainable development. IESD’s current research portfolio is worth over £2.5 million. Current and recent examples of IESD research projects are described below under four themes.
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Health and Wellbeing
The World Health Organisation defines health as a "state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease" (WHO, 2010). IESD researchers are interested in the many factors that affect our health and wellbeing including where we live and the environments we work and study in. Projects include:
Buildings are responsible for 40% of the UK’s energy and emissions. IESD researchers work with building designers, architects and energy managers to reduce energy use for a range of domestic and non-domestic building types and at different scales from individual items of equipment to entire cities. Projects include:
Much of our impact on the natural environment is due to the decisions we make as
individual citizens. Since energy is relatively intangible and aggregate
consumption is billed infrequently, it can be difficult for consumers to
understand the most effective ways to reduce waste. IESD researchers are
investigating how our behaviour may be influenced by feedback of the energy
impact of our decisions and lifestyles. Projects include
An essential part of the transition to a low carbon society is careful integration of the evolving components of a national energy system that deal with generation, transmission and consumption. IESD researchers are creating software and hardware to model and control the smart operation of integrated energy systems and the management of varying energy demand, generation and storage. Projects include:
Today’s energy technologies allow us to meet the needs of citizens in developing countries far better than energy systems based on those used in the UK. Just as mobile telephony has brought cheap communications to millions, IESD is using small-scale renewable energy technologies to free remote African and Asian communities from dirty and expensive fossil fuel burning generators and provide clean water from boreholes using solar powered pumps. Projects include: