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Research Councils’ Energy Programme: Opportunities for mathematics. Dr Rachel Bishop. Mission. To position the UK to meet its energy and environmental targets and policy goals through high quality research and postgraduate training. Drivers :

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mission
Mission

To position the UK to meet its energy and environmental targets and policy goals through high quality research and postgraduate training.

Drivers:

  • Tackling climate change by reducing carbon dioxide emissions both within the UK and abroad.
  • Ensuring energy security.
  • Ensuring energy affordability.

Working towards a low carbon economy

co ordination

STFC

BBSRC

EPSRC

EPSRC has funding to work across all research council remits

NERC

ESRC

Co-ordination
  • Cross Council working over last three spending review.
  • Brings together all our energy-related activities.
  • Scientific Advisory Committee Industry & Academics, TSB, BERR (now DECC) & DIUS representation.
  • Programme Coordination Group.
  • Links with other priority themes.
energy programme objectives
Energy Programme Objectives

To support a full spectrum of

Energy research to help the

UK meet the objectives and

targets set out in the 2007

Energy White Paper

To work in partnership to

contribute to the research and

postgraduate training needs of

energy-related business and

other key stakeholders

To increase the international

visibility and level of

international collaboration within

the UK energy research

Portfolio.

To expand the UK research

capacity in energy-related

areas.

priorities 2008 11
Priorities 2008-11

£319M planned investment by the Research Councils

  • A whole system approach to energy options, supply and usage.
  • Rapid exploitation through collaboration with ETI.
  • Growing portfolio in demand reduction and transport.
  • Focused postgraduate training in energy themes.
  • Continue research in sustainable power

generation & supply/alternative sources.

a full spectrum of research

Markets

,

policy and Public

STFC

Attitudes

UKERC

Wind

1%

2%

4%

2%

Marine

Tyndall

2%

2%

Solar

Nuclear

12%

6%

Bioenergy

6%

Ground source heat and

geothermal

Fusion

1%

18%

Energy Efficiency

11%

Power systems

Transport

conventional

1%

5%

Storage

Sustainable

Fuel cells

Combustion

2%

Networks

4%

2%

Conventional

6%

Renewable power generation

(Marine, wind Solar Biomass etc)

Generation

Carbon capture and

Hydrogen

2%

sequestration

4%

4%

Oil and Gas

2%

Energy efficiency, including storage

Sustainable energy vectors, including fuel cells.

Conventional power

generation

Nuclear energy and Fusion

Other energy research, including enabling activities and capacity

A Full Spectrum of Research
key achievements
Key Achievements
  • Research and postgraduate skills in nuclear energy: helping to ‘keep the nuclear option open’.
  • SUPERGEN programme - world leading research including wind and marine energy, photovoltaics, fuel cells, bioenergy, hydrogen – through large consortia between UK academics, 80+ industry and other key stakeholders.
  • UK Energy Research Centre, (UKERC) - leading whole systems research and directly informing government policy.
  • ETI project development in marine and wind energy.
  • Strategic partnerships with industry, for example a £10M collaboration with E.ON.
supergen
SUPERGEN

14 Consortia

  • 38 academic partners
  • 80+ business and other collaborators
  • £62m in total

With the Carbon Trust

supergen the consortia
SUPERGEN – The Consortia

Current portfolio = £55.5M, 16% of current grant portfolio

uk energy research centre
UK Energy Research Centre
  • Focal point for UK research on sustainable energy.
  • Independent, whole-systems approach. 
  • Bridge between energy research and business, policymakers and international energy research community.
  • Phase II announced: research themes energy supply, energy demand, energy systems, energy and environment.

Highlights Include:

  • Input to energy white paper (including modelling input).
  • Intermittency report.
  • Energy Research Atlas / Road mapping.
  • Meeting place including G8 meeting.
nuclear energy
Nuclear Energy

Core Activity:

  • BGS Secure Energy Supply – nuclear repository.
  • Industrial Doctorate Centre in Nuclear Engineering.
  • DTC Actinide Chemistry.
  • Responsive mode £6.2M.

Letter of Arrangement group (AWE, BE, NNL, NDA, HSE):

  • Keeping the Nuclear Option Open (KNOO) - current and future reactor systems, materials and waste management.
  • Sustainability assessment of nuclear power (SPRIng).
  • Decommissioning, Immobilisation and management of Nuclear wastes for Disposal (DIAMOND).
  • Development of a joint vision for research and training.
carbon capture storage
Carbon Capture & Storage
  • £15M of CCS current research and capacity building projects
  • Planned activities over the next 12 months ( up to £15M)
    • New Industrial Doctoral Training Centre in CCS.
    • Joint call with E.ON for consortia proposals in carbon capture and transport (proposals currently being assessed).
    • Call for cleaner fossil fuels projects in collaboration with China (proposals currently being assessed).
    • Call being planned in carbon storage, environmental impact and CCS whole systems.
    • Plans for a network to take forward the work of UKCCS
    • Call for fellowships - cleaner coal including CCS highlighted as priority
energy demand reduction
Energy Demand Reduction:

CARBON VISIONS: with Carbon Trust, NERC and ESRC: £14 million Research.

Carbon Vision Buildings:

  • carbon use in buildings
  • policies to reduce the carbon footprint
  • building market transformation

Carbon Vision Industry:

  • Life cycle assessment in food industry
  • Barriers to take up of take-up of Technology

EPSRC / E.ON STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP ~ £6M of £10M focused on:

  • Pathways to a low carbon economy
  • Advanced Heat Pumps and Insulation
  • Carbon Control and Comfort Interfaces to the Mass Market

SUSTAINABLE URBAN ENVIRONMENT:

  • Carbon footprint of cities

Resolve: with ESRC behaviours and lifestyle £3M

energy in transport
Energy in Transport
  • Walking and Cycling: Strategic Partnership with Sustrans:
  • Measuring and evaluating the travel, physical activity and carbon impacts of the Connect2 initiative,
    • Understanding walking and cycling
    • Visions of the role of Walking and Cycling in 2030
    • Follow up 2009/10.
  • Airport Operations: Ideas Factory with DfT November 2008, proposals selected for submission – up to £3M.
long term fusion
Long-Term: Fusion
  • Major block of funding – over £20M pa.
  • EPSRC funding for ITER, JET and UK domestic programme (alongside EURATOM funding).
  • Getting the right balance with the energy portfolio and the changing fusion research landscape.
capacity building
Capacity Building

Doctoral Training Centres -£50 Investment:

  • University of Birmingham: Hydrogen, Fuel Cells and their Application .
  • University of Leeds: Technologies for a Low Carbon Future.
  • University of Manchester: Nuclear Fission Research, Science and Technology Doctoral Training Centre.
  • University of Nottingham: Efficient Power from Fossil Energies and Carbon Capture Technologies.
  • University of Reading: Technologies for Sustainable Built Environments.
  • University of Sheffield: Sheffield Training in Interdisciplinary Energy Research: STIER.
  • University of Strathclyde : Wind Energy Systems.

Industrial Doctorate Centres:

  • University of Manchester: Nuclear Engineering.
  • University of Surrey: Sustainability for Engineering and Energy Systems.
  • University of Southampton: Transport and the Environment.
  • University College London: Urban Sustainability and Resilience.

Science & Innovation Awards, Chairs, Fellowships

working in partnership
Working In Partnership
  • Research Consortia building with Industry – e.g. SUPERGEN.
  • Strategic Alignment e.g. Nuclear letter of Arrangement Group.
  • Direct partnerships / joint activities e.g Eon, Sustrans, ABB, scottish power, EDF.
  • Collaboration with public sector partners – ETI, TSB, Carbon Trust, DEFRA, DFID.
partnering with eti
Partnering with ETI

First Programmes

  • Offshore Wind – 3 projects announced, links to SUPERGEN Wind energy technologies consortia.
  • Marine (wave and tidal) – ReDAPT project announced links to SUPERGEN Marine consortia.
  • Distributed Energy (including buildings) and CCS being developed.
  • Working groups on:
    • Energy Networks – grids and management.
    • Transport (incl. non-hydrocarbon fuels and small scale energy conversion)
    • Waste Heat Recovery and Conversion.

EPSRC representatives on working groups, technical committee and board.

future activities this spending review
Future activities this Spending Review

2009/10

  • SUPERGEN Renewals
  • Nuclear Materials (with STFC).
  • Demand Reduction – Energy Efficiency in Buildings Sandpit, IT in Demand Reduction Ideas Factory, Energy in Communities.
  • CCS – Storage and Whole System.

2010/11

  • International Review.
  • SUPERGEN III.
  • Geo-engineering Sandpit.
  • Transport Challenge (to be scoped).
  • Generation / supply ‘Challenge (to be scoped).
emerging themes for 2011 onwards
Emerging Themes for 2011 Onwards
  • Speculative research:
    • To define future energy options.
  • Accelerated deployment of alternative energy technologies:
    • Ensuring physical, economic, social and natural sciences research and basic research challenges are addressed – working with TSB, ETI and others.
  • Understanding future energy options:
    • Social, environmental and economic implications (working with LWEC).
  • Reducing energy consumption and demand:
    • Development of behavioural, market and technological advances informed by a whole system understanding.
  • Building capacity:
    • Providing the skilled people to deliver new energy futures through the training and development of new researchers, policy makers and business leaders.
challenges
Challenges:
  • agent based modelling / complexity - emergent properties in increasingly complex network systems
  • improved optimisation strategies for whole system future energy infrastructure for the UK
  • risk and uncertainty in energy scenarios
  • forecasting in energy markets
  • social / behaviour understanding.
  • Current mathematics engagement
  • 3 HEIs, 4 grants, 12 researchers, £675k
opportunities to engage
Opportunities to engage:
  • UKERC – meeting place, NERN, research fund
  • SUPERGEN consortia
  • Ideas factories / Sandpits
  • Calls for proposals
  • Underpinning funding mechanisms
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Thank you

Rachel.bishop@epsrc.ac.uk

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