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Reference Number EP/S023836/1
Title EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Renewable Energy Northeast Universities (ReNU)
Status Started
Energy Categories Renewable Energy Sources(Ocean Energy) 25%;
Renewable Energy Sources(Solar Energy, Photovoltaics) 25%;
Renewable Energy Sources(Wind Energy) 25%;
Other Power and Storage Technologies(Energy storage) 25%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Chemistry) 10%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) 25%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering) 25%;
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences) 5%;
SOCIAL SCIENCES (Economics and Econometrics) 15%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 50%;
Systems Analysis related to energy R&D (Other Systems Analysis) 10%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Environmental dimensions) 10%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Policy and regulation) 5%;
Other (Energy technology information dissemination) 25%;
Principal Investigator Dr NS Beattie
No email address given
Fac of Engineering and Environment
Northumbria University
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 April 2019
End Date 30 September 2027
Duration 102 months
Total Grant Value £5,756,307
Industrial Sectors Energy
Region North East
Programme Non Theme Specific
Investigators Principal Investigator Dr NS Beattie , Fac of Engineering and Environment, Northumbria University (99.989%)
  Other Investigator Dr C Groves , Engineering, Durham University (0.001%)
Dr B Mendis , Physics, Durham University (0.001%)
Dr DP Halliday , Physics, Durham University (0.001%)
Dr EH Yu , School of Chemical Engineering & Advanced Materials, Newcastle University (0.001%)
Dr V Barrioz , Fac of Engineering and Environment, Northumbria University (0.001%)
Dr H Wu , Fac of Engineering and Environment, Northumbria University (0.001%)
Dr G Zoppi , Fac of Engineering and Environment, Northumbria University (0.001%)
Dr A Phan , Sch of Engineering, Newcastle University (0.001%)
Professor U Stimming , Sch of Natural Sciences & Env Sciences, Newcastle University (0.001%)
Dr EA Gibson , Sch of Natural Sciences & Env Sciences, Newcastle University (0.001%)
Dr RJ Errington , Sch of Natural Sciences & Env Sciences, Newcastle University (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , University of Calgary, Canada (0.000%)
Project Contact , University of Cambridge (0.000%)
Project Contact , Jeol UK Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Johnson Matthey plc (0.000%)
Project Contact , Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China (0.000%)
Project Contact , Kurt J Lesker Co Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Shell Research Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Airbus UK Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Green Fuels (0.000%)
Project Contact , Hiden Analytical Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Durham County Council (0.000%)
Project Contact , SP Energy Networks (0.000%)
Project Contact , EEF, formerly the Engineering Employers' Federation (0.000%)
Project Contact , OpTek Systems (0.000%)
Project Contact , Oxford Instruments plc (0.000%)
Project Contact , Solar Capture Technologies Limited (0.000%)
Project Contact , Siemens plc (0.000%)
Project Contact , Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult (0.000%)
Project Contact , Hitachi Europe Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Horiba UK Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Knowledge Transfer Network Limited (0.000%)
Project Contact , Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) (0.000%)
Project Contact , AVID Technology Limited (0.000%)
Project Contact , Saint-Gobain (International), France (0.000%)
Project Contact , Dyer Engineering (0.000%)
Project Contact , Enocell Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , EpiValence Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Intray Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Equiwatt Limited (0.000%)
Project Contact , The Great North Museum: Hancock (0.000%)
Project Contact , TESCAN Brno s.r.o., Czech Republic (0.000%)
Project Contact , University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg (0.000%)
Project Contact , XEMC Darwind B.V, The Netherlands (0.000%)
Project Contact , YeadonIP Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Power Roll (0.000%)
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Abstract The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Renewable Energy Northeast Universities (ReNU) is driven by industry and market needs, which indicate unprecedented growth in renewable and distributed energy to 2050. This growth is underpinned by global demand for electricity which will outstrip growth in demand for other sources by more than two to one (The drivers of global energy demand growth to 2050, 2016, McKinsey). A significant part of this demand will arise from vast numbers of distributed, but interconnected devices (estimated to reach 40 billion by 2024) serving sectors such as healthcare (for ageing populations) and personal transport (for reduced carbon dioxide emission). The distinctive remit of ReNU therefore is to focus on materials innovations for small-to-medium scale energy conversion and storage technologies that are sustainable and highly scalable.ReNU will be delivered by Northumbria, Newcastle and Durham Universities, whose world-leading expertise and excellent links with industry in this area have been recognised by the recent award of the North East Centre for Energy Materials (NECEM, award number: EP/R021503/1). This research-focused programme will be highly complementary to ReNU which is a training-focused programme. A key strength of the ReNU consortium is the breadth of expertise across the energy sector, including: thin film and new materials; direct solar energy conversion; turbines for wind, wave and tidal energy; piezoelectric and thermoelectric devices; water splitting; CO2 valorisation; batteries and fuel cells.Working closely with a balanced portfolio of 36 partners that includes multinational companies, small and medium size enterprises and local Government organisations, the ReNU team has designed a compelling doctoral training programme which aims to engender entrepreneurial skills which will drive UK regional and national productivity in the area of Clean Growth, one of four Grand Challenges identified in the UK Government's recent Industrial Strategy. The same group of partners will also provide significant input to the ReNU in the form of industrial supervision, training for doctoral candidates and supervisors, and access to facilities and equipment.Success in renewable energy and sustainable distributed energy fundamentally requires a whole systems approach as well as understanding of political, social and technical contexts. ReNU's doctoral training is thus naturally suited to a cohort approach in which cross-fertilisation of knowledge and ideas is necessary and embedded. The training programme also aims to address broader challenges facing wider society including unconscious bias training and outreach to address diversity issues in science, technology, engineering and mathematics subjects and industries. Furthermore, external professional accreditation will be sought for ReNU from the Institute of Physics, Royal Society of Chemistry and Institute of Engineering Technology, thus providing a starting point from which doctoral graduates will work towards "Chartered" status. The combination of an industry-driven doctoral training programme to meet identifiable market needs, strong industrial commitment through the provision of training, facilities and supervision, an established platform of research excellence in energy materials between the institutions and unique training opportunities that include internationalisation and professional accreditation, creates a transformative programme to drive forward UK innovation in renewable and sustainable distributed energy

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