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Exeter researchers come together to launch ExeterEnergy

Around 90 University of Exeter researchers and external stakeholders came together at the Penryn Campus on Sept 10th to officially launch the ExeterEnergy initiative.

After an afternoon of internal networking, Prof Dave Hosken, Dean of Strategic Development at the University’s Cornwall Campuses welcomed external stakeholders and highlighted the role of energy at the University. Representatives from across colleges then showcased the breadth of energy research and teaching across multiple colleges at the University, highlighting the role of multiple approaches, including engineering, mathematics, politics, sociology, law, biosciences, organisation studies and economics in addressing contemporary energy system challenges. This research spans nine themes: Dynamical Systems, Control and Optimisation; Energy Storage; Governance, Policy and Politics, Marine Energy; People, communities and local energy; Smart energy systems; Solar Energy; Sustainability of energy systems; and Sustainable Buildings, all of which collectively advance collectively advance our understanding in, and facilitate change across, whole energy systems. 

Where available, slides from this session can be downloaded via the links below.

Into the evening, three speakers were invited to offer insights on one specific set of challenges – moving to a smart, flexible energy system. Professor Goran Strbac (Professor of Energy Systems at Imperial College London) presented work on energy systems optimisation, highlighting the potential whole system cost savings resulting from a smarter and more flexible system; Edward Nelson (Senior Policy Advisor, Smart Energy at BEIS) summarised the national policy position regarding smart and flexible systems, and spoke about the importance of whole systems approaches; and Caroline Carroll (Innovation Lead at Cornwall Council) offered insights into the challenges and opportunities involved in delivering whole system change at a regional level.

Slides from the evening talks can be downloaded by clicking via the links below.

The day also saw the launch of the ExeterEnergy website, which together with our Twitter and Facebook feeds will help highlight research, education and impact from across all colleges and campuses at the University. If you are interested in working with our researchers and students, please visit our website or get in touch.

Date: 14 August 2018