Loughborough grows energy research

Loughborough University is appointing 11 new academic staff in a bid to strengthen its position as a top research centre for energy and climate change


Loughborough University is appointing 11 new academic staff in a bid to strengthen its position as a world-class research centre for energy and climate change



The appointments will include Chairs in Renewable Energy, Building Performance Modelling, Hydroclimatic Modelling, and Photovoltaics for Power Systems.



The new posts will be based in the Centre for Renewable Energy Systems Technology (CREST), the Department of Geography and the Department of Civil and Building Engineering.



Prof Neil Halliwell, the university’s deputy vice chancellor, said: ‘Loughborough has a made strategic commitment to support the UK’s energy and climate change goals. These new posts will help to advance the deployment of new low-carbon energy technologies, including the efficient generation and use of energy.’



Over the last 15 years, CREST has become the pre-eminent centre in the UK for research in renewable energy, with particular focus on solar and wind power and power distribution systems. In 2005 the university established the Research School in Sustainability, to promote interdisciplinary collaboration between experts across the university in wide-ranging, world-class research activities.



Last year, the Midlands Consortium, comprising the universities of Loughborough, Birmingham and Nottingham, was selected to host the £1bn national Energy Technologies Institute. Its headquarters are based on the Loughborough campus.