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Reference Number EP/C519221/1
Title HERE BE DRAGONS! Sustainable Energy Systems Research Explored
Status Completed
Energy Categories FOSSIL FUELS: OIL, GAS and COAL(CO2 Capture and Storage, CO2 capture/separation) 25%;
RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES 25%;
HYDROGEN and FUEL CELLS(Fuel Cells) 25%;
OTHER POWER and STORAGE TECHNOLOGIES 25%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Physics) 25%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY 75%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Professor P Mawby
No email address given
School of Engineering
University of Warwick
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 13 April 2005
End Date 12 April 2006
Duration 12 months
Total Grant Value £11,074
Industrial Sectors Energy
Region West Midlands
Programme Energy Research Capacity
 
Investigators Principal Investigator Professor P Mawby , School of Engineering, University of Warwick (99.997%)
  Other Investigator Dr MS Khanniche , Engineering, Swansea University (0.001%)
Dr R (Richard ) Dinsdale , School of Applied Sciences, University of Glamorgan (0.001%)
Dr T O'Doherty , Engineering, Cardiff University (0.001%)
  Recognised Researcher Dr S Mawby , Swansea University (0.000%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , Welsh Development Agency (0.000%)
Project Contact , Research Partner in China (0.000%)
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Objectives
Abstract There is broad consensus in the scientific community that climate change is happening faster and to a greater extent than previously expected, leading to estimates that the world s climate could warm up by up to 5.8 C by the end of this century. It is also widely forecast that there will be a 40 increase in energy demand over the next 15 years. With renewable energy development still in its infancy, only a small amount of this will be available from non polluting sources. Ensuring theefficientuse of energy through power management technologies can provide up to 80 increases in efficiency without any visible difference in the modified product, and developing and integrating this technology wherever electrical energy is used will be critical in the short term to mitigating the potential for a severe increase in C02 emissions over the same time period.The EU is committed under the Kyoto Protocol to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 8 by 2008-2012. As a developingcountry China isnotyet required to reduce its emissions, nevertheless, it is reported to have cut its C02 emissions by 17 since the mid-1990s (in the same period, its economy has grown by one-third). Accounting for a fifth of the world s population, China could soon emit enough C02 to dwarf any reductions agreed by the Annex I countries, but its leaders recognise that climate change could devastate their society. Thus, China ratified the protocol in 2002 and this encourages Kyoto s supporters to believe that theagreement will make a signicant difference to greenhouse gas emmissions.Economic research has shown that environmental technologies, in particular those relating to renewable energy, are likely to have significant worldwide commercial application over the next 20 years, a view supported by technological forecasting agencies such as Battelle and Darnell, and mirrored in the findings of the DTI and the WDA Future Technology Programme. Geographically within Wales there are significant opportunitiesto develop renewable energy resources. The clean energy sector and related support industries are one of the few to show significant potential for growth in the next few years, and now is a critical time to support this emerging cluster at the R D level. By integrating these technologies from the bottom up, there is a real opportunity to become world leaders in this rapidly expanding marketplace. A number of key research groups in the Principality have started working together to develop amultidisciplinary approach to research in this area, and the development of the Welsh Energy Research Centre (which hopes to become the regional spoke of the UK Energy Research Centre) is practical evidence of the commitment to this working arrangement. The proposed visit will develop research links between three Universities in Wales (with specific expertise in Power electronics, Fuel Cells, Renewable Energy and Carbon Sequestration) and a number of research and policy making institutions in China.The research links developed will seek to tackle the necessity for a step-change in energy efficiency (both in production and use) within the decade, whilst also addressing longer-term goals to develop sustainable energy sources for the future
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