Our impact

Through the technical solutions, software tools and publications produced by our research to the stream of talented graduates that leave the University of Manchester every year, Manchester Energy works to support the needs of industry, government and wider society.

Our education activities produce over 10,000 graduates a year many of whom will work on the development, management and adoption of new energy technologies. These graduates gain degrees across all levels from undergraduate to doctoral. Specific doctoral training is offered in areas such as nuclear engineering through our doctoral training centre. We also develop courses tailored to the needs of industry such as the BP Executive Education Programme.

Our research activities lead to the development of many novel technologies, tools and processes that can contribute to the deliver of more sustainable energy solutions. Many of these are commercialised through UMIP, our technology transfer company.

Technology

Solar power has huge potential - sunlight is clean, free and plentiful - but is not yet economically competitive with fossil fuels.

For example, in the Photon Science Institute, we are using nanotechnology to develop both cost-effective solar cells for generating electricity and artificial photosynthesis for producing carbon-neutral fuel.

Training

We offer training to industries across the field of energy.

For example, with the advent of smart-grids, the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering is providing training on the relevant communication technologies supporting the need for the development of a skills-base in this area as technology rapidly drives ahead.

Informing policy

The GRIP Scenario Tool was devised to bring together discussions on energy futures. It enables coherent discussions across the energy system, so that (for example) debates on transport can take place in combination with those on electricity generation and domestic heating. It has been used by many key decision makers.

Public engagement

Through a range of resources including the Children’s University, school visits and university hosted events that utilise our leading research facilities, Manchester Energy seeks to ensure interest in all aspects of energy are stimulated in children at an early age. We also attend education events and work directly with schools on energy activities.

The impact of our research

Energy research at Manchester is about more than citations in academic papers. Our aim is to apply our expertise in order to find solutions to the great challenges society faces.  

We strive to shape the international agenda in collaboration with our partners in industry, government and academia. Discover some of the impact our energy research has in the real world...

More effective oil exploration...

Predictive models for oil reservoirs developed by researchers in the School of Earth, Atmospheric and Environmental Science establishs optimal politions for oil wells. 

Preventing electricity blackouts...

A pioneering GPS based method for preventing electricity blackouts, developed by researchers from the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, has become the international standard.

Reframing climate change...

Research by the School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering and Tyndall Manchester help establish new carbon budgets.

Life extension for UK nuclear reactors...

Independent advice and research from our nuclear graphite academics have aided the Office of Nuclear Regulation in making decisions that are likely to increase the lifespans of 14 UK nuclear reactors by several years.

Power network monitoring saves millions...

Power network monitoring tools developed by the School of Electronical and Electronic Engineering helps advoid blackouts and saves millions of pounds.

Safer, greener high voltage transformers...

Our research has proved that ester liquids are safe and suitable for cooling and insulating high voltage transformers.

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