Cities & Infrastructure

Developing engineering solutions for the planning and management of sustainable, resilient and inclusive cities.

Rezoning and environmental impact modelling

The research takes into account city infrastructure change opportunities looking at future city pathways to address negative conditions such as sound and air pollution, fragmentation, ghettoization and impoverished areas.

Heat Networks

Heat networks provide a high efficiency, low cost option for energy supply based on combined heat and power concepts. Analysis of heat networks performance and deployment of smart heating technologies are mainly applied in heat networks in social housing settings within the cities of Southampton and Portsmouth.

Demand modelling for infrastructure resilience

We have developed local area modelling based on small-n experimental studies, large-n randomised control trials, monitored electricity consumption and longitudinal surveys to test the efficacy of energy efficiency measures and understand their impact on the electricity network operator’s infrastructure.

Energy and cities

Research encompasses engineering analysis, developing evidence and providing advice to Southampton City Council and Portsmouth City Council. The work includes citywide analysis of building performance, providing evidence on required investment for building refurbishment as well as potential solar PV power production from all buildings in the city. In Southampton, this study (and others) is now the ...

Realising the Isle of Wight’s aspiration for renewable energy power generation and local consumption

In the UK, the Isle of Wight (IoW) wish to become self-sufficient in electricity from renewable sources, which is likely to be achieved through the deployment of utility-scale solar PV farms augmented with rooftop solar PV systems.

Site suitability analysis for renewable off-grid systems using GIS-MADM in Sudan

This research aims to investigate the potential for implementing clean off-grid energy systems for rural electrification in Sudan. Analysis using the GIS (Geographic Information System) -MADM (Multiple Attribute Decision Making) method will identify sites suitability for renewable off-grid electricity systems. The methodology includes four main strands of work: (a) assessment of renewable energy availability in ...

Impact of solar PV penetration on city grids in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

This research studies the impact of PV penetration on the grid of the University of Jeddah Campus, knowledge generated will support analysis on a medium size city in KSA to displace fossil fuel power supply currently been used.

Supply chain readiness for renewable energy expansion in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia is aiming to intensify the adoption and the advocacy of their renewable energy sector, to localise 30% in the short term and 60% in the long term of its value chain. To achieve this, a local content market should be large enough to supply the planned 27GW capacity contained with 35+ renewable energy ...

Transitioning Bangladesh to renewable power

This research analyses the policies required to guide Bangladesh through its sustainable energy infrastructure transformation to support its aspiration of becoming a developed country by 2041. Based on the model outcomes, the research will suggest what renewable share in the energy mix should be progressively elevated in accordance with the future escalation in financial affordability ...

Liveable Cities – Case studies

Alongside the Little Book Series, 9 Case Studies were produced from the Liveable Cities work to showcase the breadth and applicability of the Liveable Cities research to practice and everyday life.

Liveable Cities – Little Book series

Following the roadshows and a successful closing event in the House of Lords, the Liveable Cities – Little Book series are now available online to download as PDF.

Energy Demand & Supply in New Zealand: Early Impressions

It isn’t hard to find similarities between the British Isles and New Zealand.  The traditions derived from the British immigration to the islands (and the South Island in particular) emerge as a common language; as familiar sports at which, for the most part, the Kiwis give us a good thumping; a liking for real ale, ...

SPATIALEC Global Fellowship launches

SERG’s Dr Ben Anderson has just started the outgoing phase of his EU H2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie scheme-funded SPATIALEC Global Fellowship. Based at the University of Otago’s Centre for Sustainability, Ben will initially be working on combining time use and electricity monitoring data from the New Zealand GREEN Grid  project with  New Zealand Census data to produce ...

Modelling on-shore wind turbine locations

SERG PhD student Mikey Harper is working on a number of methods to assess the potential for wind turbine development in the UK. As part of this he has produced a map of on-shore wind turbine planning applications to date and has also developed a model for predicting the likelihood of planning success for future sites. To ...

Solar Shaded Car Park Project

This project aims to implement a demonstration programme encompassing an operational research and experimental analysis of how solar photovoltaics can be utilised and maintained as shading components in carports.

Rezoning and environmental impact modelling

The research takes into account city infrastructure change opportunities looking at future city pathways to address negative conditions such as sound and air pollution, fragmentation, ghettoization and impoverished areas.

Heat Networks

Heat networks provide a high efficiency, low cost option for energy supply based on combined heat and power concepts. Analysis of heat networks performance and deployment of smart heating technologies are mainly applied in heat networks in social housing settings within the cities of Southampton and Portsmouth.

SPATIALEC: Marie Skłodowska-Curie EU Global Fellowship

Dr Ben Anderson of the Sustainable Energy Research Group (SERG) at the University of Southampton has been awarded a prestigious three year EU Global Fellowship under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie programme. The two year outgoing phase of the fellowship will be hosted by the University of Otago’s flagship Centre for Sustainability where Dr Anderson will be embedded in the ongoing ...

Demand modelling for infrastructure resilience

We have developed local area modelling based on small-n experimental studies, large-n randomised control trials, monitored electricity consumption and longitudinal surveys to test the efficacy of energy efficiency measures and understand their impact on the electricity network operator’s infrastructure.

Energy and cities

Research encompasses engineering analysis, developing evidence and providing advice to Southampton City Council and Portsmouth City Council. The work includes citywide analysis of building performance, providing evidence on required investment for building refurbishment as well as potential solar PV power production from all buildings in the city. In Southampton, this study (and others) is now the ...