Research interests

The Renewable Energy Group was formed in 2005 at the University of Exeter's Cornwall Campus under the leadership of Professor George Smith and now encompasses 30 academics, post doctoral researchers, post graduate students and support staff.

The group works very much in an inter-disciplinary manner with expertise and capacity over a range of engineering and science areas along with Energy Policy, but is also in close collaborations with ecologists and environmental scientists. Particular areas of note are marine renewable energy; power conditioning and grid interconnection; solar; energy storage, carbon capture and storage and biomass (anaerobic digestion). Energy policy research is focused on; renewable heat; marine energy and technology innovation.

Interdisciplinary work is undertaking with collaboration with the Centre for Ecology and Conservation, looking at the environmental monitoring, possible consequences and consenting requirements for development of renewable energy projects.  The group also work closely with the Centre for Energy and the Environment, at the University Streatham Campus on issues of demand reduction and energy efficiency. In energy policy we work with the Energy Policy group, based in the College of Life and Environmental Sciences.

Based at the University's Cornwall Campus, the group boasts world leading research facilities. The group has world leading infra-structure for its marine renewable research as well as a state of the art power lab with numerical and real time simulation capabilities. Although the group's activities are centred on excellence in research it has a strong ethos of working with industry and as well as key EPSRC and NERC research projects we have a significant number of TSB and Carbon Trust joint awards with external partners. The group also has several Knowledge Transfer Partnerships and industrially funded post graduate researchers.

The research work and expertise of the group also feed into the University teaching programme as part of the BSc/ MEng in Renewable Energy.