News and events

ECCD response to the UK PM’s “Ten Point Climate Plan”

Yesterday the UK Prime Minister set out his “ambitious ten point plan for a green industrial revolution which will create and support up to 250,000 British jobs.” The plan, which is fleshed out in a more detailed booklet, covers offshore wind, hydrogen, nuclear, electric vehicles, public and active transport (walking, cycling), jet zero and greener maritime, ...

ECCD responds to BEIS Strategy Committee Inquiry on decarbonising heating in homes

The Energy and Climate Change Division has submitted a response to the BEIS decarbonising heating in homes enquiry.

ECCD to present at Beyond 2020, World Sustainable Built Environment Online Conference

The Energy and Climate Change Division will be presenting 3 papers at the Beyond 2020 World Sustainable Conference held between 2-4 November.

Call for papers: Special Issue ‘Big’ and Linked Data in Energy and Water Demand Research

ECCD’s Dr Ben Anderson, Dr Tom Rushby, Professor Patrick James and Professor ‘Bakr Bahaj are editing a special issue of Energies (ISSN 1996-1073) entitled: “‘Big’ and Linked Data in Energy and Water Demand Research: Current Practices, Novel Insights and Future Agendas” Deadline for manuscript submissions: 25 February 2021. The issue, which belongs to the section “Energy and Environment” ...

ECCD Contributes to the new University of Southampton Sustainability Strategy

The University of Southampton has developed and launched a new Sustainability Strategy to sit alongside the University Travel Plan, Estates Strategy and Biodiversity Policy. The Energy and Climate Change Division (ECCD) team has contributed to the consulting phases and made comments on the approaches to be undertaken within the Strategy. Prof Bahaj is also leading ...

#fridayFagPacket: Retrofit or bust: the (possible) cost of de-carbonising the nation’s homes

#fridayFagPackets: numbers that could have been done on the back of one and should probably come with a similar health warning. This #fridayFagPacket was first published here. It seems like we can’t snooze for a second without HM Govt announcing another ‘build back better’ initiative. The sentiment behind these is totally to be applauded: invest public £ ...

ECCD responds to Energy Networks Association ‘flexibility’ consultation

Dr Ben Anderson and Dr Tom Rushby recently responded to the Energy Networks Association’s consultation on ‘flexibility’. In a a short paper summarising relevant ECCD and colleagues’ research to date they concentrated on the following questions: New DSO Services–2020 Product 5 Q6 At what point do you believe it is appropriate to standardise new products? For example, should ...

Welcome to the new MSc students

The Energy and Climate Change Division would like to welcome the new MSc Students in Energy and Sustainability which plan to equip the next generation of energy professional with the multidisciplinary approach required to tackle climate change while improving energy supply, transport and the built environment.

LATENT: ResidentiaL HeAT As An Energy SysTem Service

ECCD are working on the LATENT project, bringing together academic and industrial partners to offering thermal preference and acceptance of automated 3rd party control of residential heating systems for grid support.

ECCD Seminar

ECCD virtual seminar runs every Tuesday lunchtime from 14:00-14:45 on Zoom with a 20 minute talk either from a member of ECCD or an invited speaker.

Latest SERL household smart energy data available via the UKDS Secure Lab

The Smart Energy Research Lab (SERL) in which we are a partner has released two initial datasets to the UK Dataservice for re-use in their Secure data Lab: “Smart Energy Research Lab Exploratory Data, 2019-2020: Secure Access” – (Study Number 864) “Smart Energy Research Lab Observatory Data, 2019-2020: Secure Access” (Study Number 8666) Both datasets comprise half-hourly smart meter ...

ECCD launches the Green City Charter Tracker

The Energy and Climate Change Division (ECCD) introduce the newly developed Performance Tracker for Southampton City Council’s Green City Charter (GCC) as part of the GCC first celebration.

Second International Conference on Energy and Cities

The 2nd International Conference on Energy and Cities (ICEC 2020), originally planned to be held at the University of Southampton from 1st to 3rd July 2020 is postponed for early next year

Modelling suggests LED uptake could knock 9% off New Zealand’s winter evening peak demand

Work by Dr Ben Anderson and colleagues at the University of Otago suggests that future energy-efficient lighting uptake in New Zealand could reduce total annual demand by 1 TWh and reduce the highest winter evening peaks (at 17:00) by at least 500 MW (9%). The winter evening demand reduction would be roughly equivalent to avoiding the need for ...

ECCD/SERG hosts IEA Energy in Buildings and Communities symposium and expert meeting

The Energy and Climate Change Division (ECCD) and the Sustainable Energy Research Group (SERG) within the School of Engineering at the University of Southampton, UK, hosted the IEA Energy in Buildings and Communities symposium and expert meeting

UK covid 19 lockdown air quality analysis submitted to DEFRA

Researchers from SERG have been collaborating with colleagues at the University of Auckland, NZ to analyse the effects of UK Covid lockdown on the most recent Southampton air quality data. This work has subsequently been submitted to DEFRA in response to a call for evidence. The analysis suggests that overall 2020 was already a ‘cleaner air’ year ...

SERG submits response to Sixth Carbon Budget – Call for Evidence

SERG’s Dr Ben Anderson has just submitted a response to The Climate Change Commission’s ‘The Sixth Carbon Budget and Welsh emissions targets – Call for Evidence‘. Ben’s comments focused on: Question 8.What evidence do you have of the co-benefits of acting on climate change compatible with achieving Net Zero by 2050? What do these co-benefits mean for ...

Peak residential demand analysis for New Zealand offers insights to EECA

Analysis of New Zealand GREENGrid household electricity demand data conducted by Dr Ben Anderson and colleagues at the University of Otago as part of Ben’s MSCA Global Fellowship have provided unique insights into the compnents of peak residential electricity demand in New Zealand. The analysis, which was also supported by the New Zealand Energy Efficiency and ...

Analysis of New Zealand electric vehicle charging patterns contributes to major report 

Dr Ben Anderson’s work analyzing the charging patterns of a sample of electric vehicles monitored by FlipTheFleet in New Zealand has contributed to a major new report to the New Zealand Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment (PCE). The report, which covers a wide range of analyses from a range of contributors incorporated Ben’s analysis, conducted jointly ...

SERL consortium invites households to share their energy data

The Smart Energy Research Lab (SERL) is a major UK research project that aims to utilise household energy consumption data available via smart meters to fuel a new wave of innovative energy research. The SERL project team have been working with Ipsos MORI to develop a pilot phase of participant recruitment which was conducted from ...

SERG submits response to Ofgem 2019 code review

SERG’s Dr Ben Anderson has just submitted a response to Ofgem’s (2019) Access and Forward-Looking Charges Significant Code Review – Winter 2019 working paper. Ben’s comments focused on: How options could be applied to small users and Ofgem’s Behavioural Insight Report on small users Ben’s comments summarised SERG’s work on the flexibility of electricity demand, energy use habits ...

SPATIALEC New Zealand results workshop

Dr Ben Anderson and Dr Daniel Gnoth (PowerCo) have co-convened a workshop on “Local Area Electricity Demand Modelling: Why, how and what do we need to do?” held at the University of Otago, New Zealand on 20th November 2019. The workshop, which attracted over 20 attendees from across the New Zealand electricity sector was a ...

Latest SERG research portfolio published

The Sustainable Energy Research Group (SERG) has just published its latest research portfolio. The portfolio summarises the group’s research themes, projects and a range of recent stakeholder engagement and outreach events.

Farewell to Prof Robert Nicholls

After 19 years, full of outstanding achievements, Professor Robert Nicholls has decided to leave the University of Southampton and take on a new challenge at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research in the University of East Anglia. On the 9th September, people around the world who have worked with Robert gathered together in the ...

SAVE project close event held at Westminster

It’s been a busy month or so for the Solent Achieving Value from Efficiency (SAVE) project. On 6th June 2019, Dr Tom Rushby and Prof Patrick James from the University of Southampton team joined project partners at a special event to mark the close of the project. The event was held at Central Hall, Westminster. ...

SAVE project featured in special session at ICEC 2019

On July 10th, Dr Tom Rushby and Dr Ben Anderson were joined by other project partners to present the Solent Achieving Value from Efficiency (SAVE) project at a special parallel session of the 2019 International Conference for Energy and Cities. A number of key aspects of the SAVE project were described with presentations given on ...

SPATIALEC project features at ICEC 2019

Dr Ben Anderson presented an update on his local area electricity demand modelling work carried out under the SPATIALEC MSCA Global Fellowship at the International Conference on Energy and Cities (ICEC) 2019 held at the University of Southampton. He discussed results from a preliminary model using NZ Census 2013 and GREEN Grid project data to ...

SPATIALEC results presented at the 7th World Congress of the International Microsimulation Association, 2019

Dr Ben Anderson presented an update on his local area electricity demand modelling work carried out under the SPATIALEC MSCA Global Fellowship at the 7th World Congress of the International Microsimulation Association held at the University of Galway. He discussed results from a preliminary model using NZ Census 2013 and GREEN Grid project data to ...

Energy for Development Event

Deployed e4D mini grids supply electricity 24/7 to businesses, health centres, schools, places of worship & households. All project are cooperatives, managed by elected members of the local communities. Performances remotely monitored by the e4D team in UK. For more information please download the latest e4D leaflet, or visit our project websites on: Fortis Unum project: https://www.energy.soton.ac.uk/fortis-unum2018/ Energy ...

SERG attended International Conference on Renewable Energy, ICREN 2019 in Paris, France

The Sustainable Energy Research Group attended the 2nd International Conference on Renewable Energy, which was held in the UNESCO headquarter, Paris, France between 24 and 26 April 2019. The SERG team has contributed 13 papers, which are listed below. Opening speech, Prof AbuBakr Bahaj Comprehensive pre and post Installation Toolkit for Rural Mini Grids, Prof. AbuBakr Bahaj, ...

Insights into peak demand effects of heat pumps in NZ presented at BRANZ workshop

Dr Ben Anderson has presented insights from his SPATIALEC EU MSCA Global Fellowship as part of an invited presentation at a BRANZ-hosted workshop on designing a future NZ domestic Energy End-Use study held in Wellington on April 4th 2019. Ben discussed the contribution of hot water and heat pump use to peak demand in NZ ...

Key Cities Meeting – City and the Environment

21st February 2019 | University of Southampton The Southampton City Council has joined forces with the University of Southampton and hosted a Key Cities Meeting addressing challenges on air quality, energy efficiency, transport, and infrastructure development.  The meeting urges local authorities to adopt a “healthy and prosperous” vision towards air quality and energy efficiency in towns and ...

Saudi Arabia International Symposium on Progress in Solar Energy Applications

Saudi Arabia International Symposium on Progress in Solar Energy Applications 3 – 4 Feb 2019, KAU, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia Under the auspices of the King Salam Chair for Energy Research (KSCER) at King Abdulaziz University (KAU), Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, academics from KAU and the University of Southampton, Energy and Climate Change Division (ECCD) and the Sustainable Energy ...

SPATIALEC update presented at RSA Australasia Conference

Dr Ben Anderson presented an update on his local area electricity demand modelling work carried out under the SPATIALEC MSCA Global Fellowship at the Regional Science Association Australasia Conference in Christchurch, NZ in February. He discussed results from a preliminary model using NZ Census 2013 and GREEN Grid project data to model small area lighting ...

Professor Bahaj attended Singapore International Energy Week SIEW2018

29 October – 2 November:  Professor Bahaj attended Singapore International Energy Week SIEW2018 – at which he delivered two plenary talks on: Solarising cities – with the City of Southampton as a case study Electricity access using photovoltaics. During the event, Prof Bahaj met with the Minister of Energy for the Philippines Mr Alfonso Cusi and discussed with him ...

Energy & Climate Change Division Team delivers three plenary talks at SEACON 2018 in Cebu, Philippines

24-28 October Energy & Climate Change Division Team delivers three plenary talks at SEACON 2018 in Cebu, Philippines. Topics covered were: Energy in cities (examining power generation in cities). Energy for Development, including energy access. Energy efficiency and mini grids in developing countries, e.g. the Philippines.   During this event, Prof Bahaj met Senator Win Gatchalian, Chair, Senate Committee on Energy ...

SPATIALEC/SAVE research features at two NZ conferences

Dr Ben Anderson presented two aspects of ongoing SERG work on electricity demand at two recent conferences in New Zealand as part of his SPATIALEC EU MSCA Global Fellowship. The first, Electrifying Heat: Patterns of electricity consumption in electrically heated households in the UK and New Zealand was presented at ICEERB 2018, the 8th International Conference ...

SPATIALEC/Energy Cultures work presented at IEA Technical Symposium

Dr Ben Anderson presented a summary of recent ‘Energy Cultures‘ work at the a Technical Symposium: IEA Energy In Buildings And Communities, in Wellington, New Zealand on 21st November. His talk, which formed part of his SPATIALEC EU MSCA Global Fellowship work explained how the energy cultures framework could be used to understand ‘irrational’ heating ...

Our Energy and Climate Change Team make significant contribution to international climate change report

In the wake of the recent IPCC report of global temperature rise, an interdisciplinary team from the University of Southampton including researchers from ECCD has produced a report addressing the impact on coastal communities from rising sea levels. The team analysed emissions pathways and coastal impacts associated with meeting the Paris Agreement targets, after winning funding ...

SPATIALEC GF supports GREEN Grid project to release unique household electricity demand dataset for public use

“How much electricity do heat pumps really use? When is hot water heated and are the lights kept on all day in winter?” These and other questions can now be answered thanks to the release of anonymised electricity power demand data from a sample of 45 New Zealand households. The households were recruited in 2014 as ...

University of Southampton CareTeam Supports Independent Living

Staff from the Energy and Climate Change Division (part of the CareTeam) at the University of Southampton are involved in an Innovate UK funded project to Support Independent Living for adults who require it. CareTeam is a collaborative project bringing together Nquiringminds (software developer), Southampton City Council and the University of Southampton. The aim of ...

Care In the Square – List of Participants

CareTeam is a collaborative project bringing together Nquiringminds (software developer), Southampton City Council and the University of Southampton. The aim of CareTeam is to provide the necessary digital technology and service to support independent living and help carers support their loved ones more efficiently and effectively. On the Wednesday 5th of September 2018 at Guildhall Square, ...

SERG attended PRASEG Annual Conference 2018

SERG team (@ProfBahaj, @VikyAragon, & @PhilYueWu) were invited to attend the Parliamentary Renewable and Sustainable Energy Group (PRASEG) Annual Conference hosted in the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) on 10th July 2018. The conference is a key event on the energy policy calendar bringing together senior players across the sustainable energy sector.  This year PRASEG Conference will signal the ...

Isle of Wight Environmental Conference

The Energy and Climate Change Division and the Sustainable Energy Group were instrumental in the development and hosting of the 1st Isle of Wight Environmental Conference (IOWEC) held at Cowes Yacht Haven on Tuesday 26th June 2018, 09.30 – 16.30. Prof Bahaj gave a keynote presentation entitled “Sustainable Energy: Options for the Isle of Wight”. ...

SPATIALEC/SAVE work on neighbourhood electricity demand profiles presented at the EPECentre

SERG’s Dr Ben Anderson is continuing to make links with centres of expertise in New Zealand through his ongoing EU Global Fellowship. In this case he gave a summary of SAVE and SPATIALEC work at the University of Canterbury’s EPECentre, a world-class Power Industry research incubator that attracts academics and students from around the world ...

Successful visit and workshop on energy efficiency and energy access to the Philippines

A team from the University of Southampton’s Energy and Climate Change Division and the Sustainable Energy Research Group has completed a 6 day workshop, as part of Newton Fund project. The theme of this 2nd workshop of the project is on energy access and energy efficiency in Philippines. Project teams from the Universities of San Carlos & Southampton addressed energy ...

SERG researchers present at International Conference on Renewable Energy 25-27 April 2018

SERG researchers presented on a range of fields at the International Conference on Renewable Energy (ICREN), held at the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, Spain. Prof AbuBakr Bahaj – Renewable Energy across Scales Victoria Aragon – Evaluating the efficiency of Building Heat Networks in Social Housing  Yue Wu – Carbon emissions reductions in cities through large scale PV deployment Mostafa Mahdy – Port ...

University of Southampton supports the Kenya Government to create their National Energy Lab

Under its Vision 2030, Kenya identified energy as one of the key enablers for its future socio-economic development for the universal benefit of the Kenyan peoples and the economy. A sustainable, affordable and reliable energy supply has long been recognised as one of the most important enabling factors in transforming any nation into a modern ...

4th African Mini-grid summit – Nairobi, Kenya

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4th Africa Mini Grids Summit , 21-22 March, Nairobi, Kenya

In Sub Saharan Africa around 600 million are without electricity. It is well recognised that mini grids are critical in addressing such electricity shortages providing access resulting in development and growth. Several countries such as Kenya and Uganda have large sections of their populations unconnected to the national grid. In order to provide needed access ...

5th PRIMaRE Conference 2018

The University of Southampton, represented by SERG, is a core member of PRIMaRE, a consortium of organizations with a centre of gravity in the south-west of the UK, who have an aim of fostering world-class research in all aspects of marine renewable energy and using the assets and resources in the south west of England ...

SAVE project features in NZ radio interview

SERG’s Dr Ben Anderson recently gave an Otago Energy Research Centre seminar on the SAVE project results to date. He was also invited to give an interview to the University of Otago’s radio station, RadioOne 91FM (“Aotearoa’s southernmost student radio station!”). Interview:   Seminar abstract: “Whilst overall reduction of energy demand is receiving increasing policy attention in the United ...

IMPETUS domestic ‘Water Demand’ model results published

Full paper: Anderson, Ben, Manouseli, Despoina and Nagarajan, Magesh (2018) Estimating scenarios for domestic water demand under drought conditions in England and Wales Water Science & Technology: Water Supply (Open Access (CC BY 4.0): doi:10.2166/ws.2018.035) Abstract: This paper presents preliminary results from the development of IMPETUS model, a domestic water demand microsimulation model which was developed ...

Professor Bahaj receives honorary doctorate from prestigious Swedish university

Professor AbuBakr Bahaj, head of Energy and Climate Change Division, has received his Honorary Doctorate from Uppsala University in Sweden. The honours recognise excellence in science and engineering, opening the door for regular visits and sustained collaboration at one of Europe’s oldest and most renowned universities. Professor Bahaj comments, “I am delighted and honoured to receive this prestigious ...

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.

e4D update – SERG researchers return to Uganda and Kenya

SERG researchers Maj and Nicolas have just finished the last for 2017 SERG visit to Africa. The last two weeks they visited old Energy for Development (e4D) projects in Kenya and Uganda. As demand has grown in recent days, they discussed the opportunity for new projects and extension of the existing ones with REA (Rural ...

Video of research project Liveable Cities available to view

SERG researchers participated into a 5-year programme “Liveable Cities” to transform the engineering of cities to deliver societal and planetary wellbeing within the context of low-carbon living and resource security. More videos by SERG researchers can be found below: Leaky Houses – Luke Blunden Electricity Monitoring Field Study for Carbon Savings – Leonidas Bourikas Rezoning as a Tool for ...

Prof Bahaj presented in PEI Spotlight Seminar: The Future of Renewable Energy in Africa

Renewable energy is essential to development and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Currently, over 600 million people in Africa have no access to energy, with average electricity grid access a mere 20%. In addition, a mere seven countries on the continent have electrification rates exceeding 50%. Professor AbuBakr Bahaj, Head, Energy and Climate Division at ...

Sustainable Energy Ecosystem for Urban, Rural, & Island Microgrids of the Philippines

‘Improving energy security’ is a priority area for the Newton Agham Programme in the Philippines. Building capacity in research and development in energy studies to support the Philippine government’s commitments to the Paris Agreement of 2015 is a need and opportunity for international collaboration under the Newton Fund. One of these initiatives is the British Council ...

SERG researchers presented in House of Lords

On 27th of November, SERG researchers presented their studies on cities in the House of Lords. Programme of the event can be found below:

Professor Bahaj named honorary doctor at prestigious Swedish university

Professor AbuBakr Bahaj, head of Energy and Climate Change Division, is to be awarded Honorary Doctorate from Uppsala University in Sweden. The honours recognise excellence in science and engineering, opening the door for regular visits and sustained collaboration at one of Europe’s oldest and most renowned universities. Professor Bahaj comments, “I am delighted and honoured to receive this ...

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 ...

SERG research core to SSEN parliamentary event

SERG’s Dr Ben Anderson presented the SAVE study design and trial period 1 preliminary analysis at Scottish and Southern Energy Network’s Using Energy Efficiency to Defer Network Reinforcement parliamentary event at the Houses of Parliament on November 20th, 2017. With an introduction from Alan Whitehead MP (Shadow Minister (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Energy ...

Energy and the City RoadShow

The Sustainable Energy Research Group is hosting a roadshow on 9th November 2017. BACKGROUND ‘Liveable Cities’ is an umbrella name for a series of interlinked research projects addressing these questions, carried out by the Universities of Southampton, UCL, Lancaster and Birmingham. Liveable Cities is hosting a series of three roadshows, one in each of its case study cities: ...

IMPETUS domestic hot water demand model presented at BECC 2017

Dr Despina Manouseli presented a poster on the IMPETUS domestic hot water demand model at the annual Behavior Energy and Climate Conference in Sacramento, California in October 2017. The poster presented a novel, practices-based approach to hot water demand estimation ‘under normal conditions’ using microsimulation to forecast seasonal demand at the household level under various water/energy conservation scenarios. The models suggest that the installation of ...

IMPETUS 'Water Cultures' domestic water demand review published

Full paper: Manouseli, D., Anderson, B. & Nagarajan, M. (2017) Domestic Water Demand During Droughts in Temperate Climates: Synthesising Evidence for an Integrated Framework, Water Resource Management. (Open Access) Abstract: Extreme weather events and variations that alter drought and flood frequency add to these pressures and there is therefore a need to develop evidence-based drought scenarios models for ...

SERG Researcher Dr Despina Manouseli Presents at "Efficient Use and Management of Water" Conference

The 9th biennial Specialist Conference on “Efficient Use and Management of Water” is held every two years in a different location around the world, has been the flagship water efficiency conference for the International Water Association (IWA). Efficient2017 was an opportunity for water efficiency professionals from all over the world to meet each other, network, and ...

SERG researchers present nine papers at SET2017, Bologna, 17-20 July 2017

SERG researchers presented on a range of fields at the 16th Sustainable Energy Technologies (SET) Conference 2017, held at the Alma Mater Studiorum at the University of Bologna. Topics presented included: Wind energy: Mikey Harper and Mostafa Mahdy Thermal comfort: Rucha Amin and Victoria Aragon Urban regeneration: Philip Turner Cities and carbon-reduction potential: Luke Blunden and Massimiliano Manfren Combined heat ...

Prof Bahaj presents keynote plenary at SET2017, Bologna, 17-20 July 2017

Professor AbuBakr Bahaj gave a plenary talk entitled ‘Sustainable energy across scales’ in the opening session of the 16th Sustainable Energy Technologies (SET) 2017 conference held at the Alma Mater Studiorum, University of Bologna. Also presenting were Professor Patrick Osborne and SERG members Rucha Amin, Victoria Aragon, Luke Blunden, Mikey Harper, Mostafa Mahdy, Sam Paine ...

4TH PRIMaRE CONFERENCE 2017

The 4TH Partnership for Research In Marine Renewable Energy (PRIMaRE) CONFERENCE will take place at the University of Southampton, Southampton on the 6th and 7th of July 2017. To find more details about the conference, please click here Register here by June 30 to attend the 4th PRIMaRE conference. Display space can also be made available. Please ...

Early SAVE results feature at project open days

SERG’s Dr Tom Rushby gave a summary of early SAVE project results at two SAVE ‘Open Days’ on the 10th & 11th of May 2017. The events, which were lead by SSEN but hosted by the University, consisted of a series of short talks and facilitated discussions intended to help inform the project’s future direction. Tom presented ...

Productive Power Use Workshop

Organisers: Africa Power & University of Southampton When: 3rd July 2017, 10:00 – 16:00 Where: University of Southampton, Building 85, Room 2207. Lunch will be provided. Contact: Colin Green; cgreen@africapowerltd.com or Chris Kanani; c.kanani@soton.ac.uk Registration: Free using our registration form (external e4D website)     . Pay As You Go solar systems, a catalyst for business in rural Africa The economics of Pay As You Go (PAYG) solar home systems ...

Early SAVE results feature at University Clean Carbon Event

SERG’s Dr Tom Rushby gave a summary of the SAVE project to members of the University’s ‘Clean Carbon‘ USRG on the 10th May 2017. The event, which featured a keynote from Prof. Jon Gibbins, Director of the UK Carbon Capture and Storage Research Centre (UKCCSRC) on the state of CCS in the UK, consisted of ...

IMPETUS modelling work to be presented at IMA & IWA 2017 conferences

Research results from the NERC-funded IMPETUS project will be presented at two upcoming conferences: the 6th World Congress of the International Microsimulation Association (IMA 2017) at Collegio Carlo Alberto in Moncalieri, Italy in June 2017; the IWA EFFICIENT Conference in Bath, UK in July 2017. The IWA Efficient paper will focus on the first version of the IMPETUS consumer water demand ...

IMPETUS researcher provides input to DEFRA REA

SERG researcher Dr Despoina Manouseli was interviewed recently to provide input to DEFRA’s Rapid Evidence Assessment on “behaviour change approaches to promote household water efficiency”. Despoina gave interviewer Collingwood Environmental Planning an overview of her PhD research on household water efficiency interventions and also drew on her recent IMPETUS work in this area. In particular she highlighted the ...

Energy & Climate Change Lecture Series – 17th May 2017 – Prof Rod Rainey

Title: The Severn barrage in stages – in steel Speaker: Professor Rod Rainey Date: Wednesday 17th May 2017 Venue: Lecture Theatre A, Lanchester Building (7), Highfield Time: Doors open 17:30, lecture from 18:00 – 19:00 Introduction: Professor AbuBakr S Bahaj, Professor of Sustainable Energy and Head of Energy Climate Change Division at the University of Southampton To reserve a place, please e-mail Sheila Stickland at eccd@soton.ac.uk Refreshments served ...

University of Southampton projects on Africa rural electrification represented at 3rd International Off-grid Renewable Energy Conference

The University of Southampton’s Sustainable Energy Research Group (SERG) showcased their work in Energy for Development (e4D) at 3rd International Off-grid Renewable Energy Conference (IOREC) which took place in Nairobi, Kenya, on the 30th September and 1st October. The exhibition included displays, videos and information on the 6 mini-grid projects installed by SERG in Africa. IOREC ...

Preliminary IMPETUS domestic water demand model results presented at IMA Europe 2016 conference

Dr Ben Anderson and Dr Magesh Nagarajan have presented preliminary results from the IMPETUS project at the 2016 European meeting of the International Microsimulation Association.  The paper described their approach to modeling domestic water demand in England using a synthetic 1000 household dataset and demonstrated the results of an Agent Based Model to project water demand ...

Kitonyoni solar PV mini grid project visit Kenya, 2nd October, 2016

As part of IRENA’s 3rd International Off-grid Renewable Conference & Exhibition (IOREC), SERG is organizing a visit to Kitonyoni Microgrid. Sign up here.

New Census2022 paper published in the Computers, Environment and Urban Systems

“Electricity consumption and household characteristics: Implications for census-taking in a smart metered future” briefly reviews the nature of current and future census taking in the UK before outlining the household characteristics that are to be found in the UK census and which are also known to influence electricity load profiles. The paper then uses the Irish CER ...

Lord Bourne talks at the University

Date:          23/05/2016 Venue:      Highfield Campus, Building 7/3027 Speaker:  Lord Bourne, Minister for the Department of Energy and Climate Change Title:          EU Referendum and its bearing on climate change and future UK energy policy Lord Bourne delivered a talk to University staff and students within the Faculty of Engineering & ...

Elsevier's Katherine Eve gives talk at University on Southampton on 'how to publish in top journals'

Prof AbuBakr Bahaj, head of the Sustainable Energy Research Group (SERG), invited Katherine Eve, from Elsevier to give a talk at the University of Southampton on ‘How to get published in top journals‘. Katherine Eve is an Executive publisher at Elsevier, where she has worked since 2010. She has been responsible for the Renewable Energy and ...

LECTURE: How to publish in a Scientific Journal

Speaker:  Katherine Eve, Energy Executive Publisher, Elsevier Highfield Campus, Building 32/1015 (EEE Building). Friday 15th April 2016 13.00 – 15.00. Lecture begins 13.00. Katherine Eve is an Executive publisher at Elsevier, where she has worked since 2010. She has been responsible for the Renewable Energy and Fuels journal portfolio at Elsevier for over 2 years, before which she worked ...

Census2022 research features at MRS seminar on the future of the UK census

SERG’s Dr Ben Anderson recently gave a summary of the ESRC funded Census2022 project results as part of a Market Research Society symposium on “Can Big Data replace the Census? What does Big Data give us now?“. Speaking alongside representatives from CACI, Telefonica and the Office for National Statistics, Ben outlined the potential value of electricity smart ...

SERG's DEMAND research features at ADE event

SERG’s contributions to the RCUK-EUED DEMAND centre were recently showcased at an event co-hosted by DEAMND and the Association for Decentralised Energy (ADE) on 14th January. Dr Ben Anderson gave three presentations covering: “Trends in the timing of energy using activities: what can be learnt from time use data?” – an overview of the use of time ...

University of Southampton's Mini Grid Projects in Africa form a Central Part at 2nd African Mini Grid Summit

The 2nd African Mini Grid Summit was launched today in Nairobi Kenya, with the aim of sharing experiences in mini grids especially those related to low carbon renewable energy schemes in Africa. The Summit held over the period 18 – 20 November 2015, will be attended by representatives from various African governments, academia, the private sector ...

SERG research features at Royal Statistical Society Conference

SERG’s Dr Ben Anderson gave two papers at the recent Royal Statistical Society International Conference 2015 held at the Univesity of Exeter: “What can DECC’s NEED data tell us about levels and change in domestic electricity consumption?” gave an overview of some recent analysis of DECC’s domestic energy consumption dataset drawing implications for the need to ...

#Census2022 paper on smart meter data for a smart census published

Newing, Andy, Anderson, Ben, Bahaj, A.S. and James, P.A.B. (2015) The role of digital trace data in supporting the collection of population statistics – the case for smart metered electricity consumption data. Population Space and Place, 1-13. (doi:10.1002/psp.1972). Debates over the future of the UK’s traditional decadal census have led ...

ONS publishes SERG report on smart meter data for a future census

The ongoing evolution of the decennial UK Census presents social, policy and commercial researchers with both a challenge and an opportunity. The challenge is to transform ‘census-taking’ by finding robust alternative methods for creating small area socio-economic indicators over time. The opportunity is to transform the very nature of the socio-economic indicators themselves using new ...

Harnessing the Sun’s power across sub-Saharan Africa

International solar community set to share expertise at the 2nd Sub-Saharan Africa Solar Summit, 23 – 24 June 2015, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Africa has immense potential to generate electricity from solar energy, with capacity only set to grow in the coming years alongside ever growing support and stimulation from governments, donors and communities to invest ...

Energy for Development holds 'Development and Mini-Grids in Rural Africa' conference in Nairobi, Kenya

‘Development and Mini-Grids in Rural Africa’ was the first Energy for Development’s (e4D) dissemination conference successfully held 11 – 12 May 2015, in Nairobi, Kenya. The conference was well attended with over 110 registrants including academics, project developers, governmental officials, private sector contractors, students, project financiers as well as other stakeholders operating in the field ...

SAVE project household recruitment begins

The Solent Achieving Value from Efficiency (SAVE) project has recently started to recruit a sample of households from across the Solent region (Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Southampton, Portsmouth) as part of its study of energy use.  To ensure the study has a varied and representative selection of households and property types each address has been chosen ...

EWTEC 2015 Registration

EWTEC 2015 registration is open. Delegates can register in two ways either online here or download the registration form. For those who have submitted a successful abstract, the full paper submission deadline is drawing closer on 15th March 2015. Delegates can reserve accommodation until 10th August 2015 either online here or download the registration form. Keep up to date with EWTEC ...

Development & Minigrids Rural Africa Conference

11th and 12th May 2015 As part of the Energy for Development programme, a two-day conference on “Development and Minigrids” – Rural Africa will be held in Nairobi on 11th and 12th May 2015. The purpose of the conference is to bring together active partners in the field and to disseminate the e4D work on Energy for ...

Energy for Development Network Updates

The Energy for Development Network (e4D) aims to enable a step-change in collaborative research and project development addressing the energy needs of rural communities in developing countries. The work is being led and coordinated by the Sustainable Energy Research Group at the University of Southampton. To register for updates for e4D please click here

SERG 'Customer Model Framework' contribution to SAVE published

SERG’s first report for the LCNF funded SAVE project has been published. The report,  “Report 2.1 – SAVE Customer Model Framework Specification“, lays out the applied research context for the SAVE Customer Modelling Framework (SCMF) and describes its key requirements. The report then outlines a microsimulation modelling approach than can meet these requirements and describes its conceptual foundations and method of ...

EWTEC 2015 Announced

The 2015 European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference (EWTEC) to be hosted by École Centrale de Nantes in September this year in Nantes, France will be opening conference registration soon. The international, technical and scientific conferences are part of a series which focuses on ocean renewable energy.  EWTEC provides a forum where those at the forefront ...

RENKEI Spring School – University of Southampton Southampton, UK, 22-29 March 2015

Theme: ‘District Energy Supply within Cities’ Date: 22-29 March 2015 Venue: University of Southampton Background RENKEI is the Japanese word for “collaboration” and in this context also stands for Research and Education Network for Knowledge Economy Initiatives. RENKEI is an initiative of six Japanese Universities, six UK Universities and the British Council Japan. The role of RENKEI is to offer a common ...

Prof Bahaj gives two Presentations at the Third International Forum for Clean Energy in Macau

Professor Bahaj recently attended the Third International Forum for Clean Energy in Macau, which is attended by over 200 participants including the Under-Secretary of the United Nations, Mr Wu Hongbo.  Prof Bahaj gave two presentations, one related to clean energy and energy efficiency options for sustainable cities and one on global green energy technologies and infrastructure. Prof ...

Liveable Cities second round of surveys online – details for participants

Please follow the links below to complete your survey(s) by Monday the 17th of November if possible. Your ID number is on the e-mail and/or letter that was sent to you recently. Many thanks for your participation. If you have any questions, or if any of your contact details have changed or are incorrect, please ...

Census2022 project: Four conference papers presented

The Census2022  project recently gave a series of presentations of preliminary results at the following conferences and events: British Society for Population Studies Annual Conference: University of Winchester, 8-10 September 2014, (slides) Behave 2014 ‘Paradigm Shift: From Energy Efficiency to Energy Reduction through Social Change’, the third European conference on behaviour and energy efficiency, Saïd Business School ...

SERG delivers 6 papers at the 2nd Asian Wave and Tidal Energy Conference

Members of the Sustainable Energy Research Group recently delivered six papers covering several aspects of tidal energy at the 2nd Asian Wave and Tidal Energy Conference in Tokyo. The conference was held in conjunction with the Grand Renewable Energy International Conference and Exhibition covering all aspects of renewable energy from wind and solar, to micro ...

New Event: The Role of Communities in Household Energy Reduction – Who, How and Why?

This event aims to analyse the role that community initiatives can play in the reduction of personal energy demand. It will focus on the ways in which community initiatives decide which audiences to engage, how they communicate their aims and what this means for their effectiveness. When: 24 September 2014, 10.30-16.00 Venue: Discovery Centre, Winchester Reserve by: 12 September 2014 Reserve at: Booking is free ...

SERG wins new funding to model domestic water demand under drought scenarios

SERG has secured funding to model domestic water demand under drought scenarios as part of the new NERC funded ‘IMPETUS‘ project. The project, to be lead by the University of Reading will start in June 2014 and run for 3 years. It is aiming to combine meteorological and hydrological models to produce drought ‘forecasts’ for ...

Funding for Low Carbon Network Fund (LCNF) project – ‘Solent Achieving Value from Efficiency’

The Sustainable Energy Research Group (SERG) at the University of Southampton are the academic lead of a newly awarded second tier low carbon project funded by Ofgem and Scottish and Southern Energy Networks (SSEN) valued at a total of £10.3 million, starting in 2014. The consortium project, led by SSEN and entitled ‘Solent Achieving Value ...

"The role of commercial data in #Census2022" session @ RGS/IBG 2014

The following session has been accepted for the RGS Annual Conference 2014 Session Title: The role of commercial data in #Census2022 Organisers: Dr Ben Anderson and Dr Andy Newing, Sustainable Energy Research Group, University of Southampton Session Chair: Keith Dugmore, Demographic Decisions Ltd. and Demographics User Group Session Sponsor: ESRC #Census2022 Transformative Research Project Abstract: Consumer data collected by commercial ...

Prof AbuBakr Bahaj Named in the UK's top 100 Practising Scientists

The Science Council have named Professor AbuBakr Bahaj, head of the Energy and Climate Change Division and the Sustainable Energy Research Group within the Faculty of Engineering and the Environment at the University of Southampton, in the ‘UK’s 100 Leading Practicing Scientists‘ within the ‘Policy Maker’ category. Prof Bahaj was recognised by the Science Council for ‘combining his scientific and ...

Professor Bernard McNelis gives lecture to mark International Solar Energy Societies 40th Anniversary

 ‘Photovoltaics in Britain: From Irrelevant to Ubiquitous’ Professor Bernard McNelis, visiting professor within the Sustainable Energy research Group (SERG) at the University of Southampton  has recently given the David Hall Memorial Lecture to celebrate UK’s International Solar Energy Societies 40th Anniversary. The lecture entitled “Photovoltaics in Britain: From Irrelevant to Ubiquitous” was introduced by Dr Mary Archer, ...

Census 2022 project grabs attention at MRS meeting

The new ESRC funded Census 2022 project has attracted attention from the Market Research Society’s Census and Geodemographic Group (CGG). Andy Newing gave an overview of the project’s aims and objectives as well as some preliminary data analysis at a meeting hosted by GFK NOP, 19th November 2013 at Ludgate House, London. Several members of ...

Highlights: Singapore International Energy Week

Professor AbuBakr Bahaj, head of the Sustainable Energy Research Group, was invited to attend the Singapore International Energy Week (SIEW) 2013, where he presented an invited paper and chaired the Round Table on the Role of Government in Ocean Renewable Energy (ORE) and its Impact to Industries. He was also involved in various discussions on policy ...

Prof Bahaj meets UK’s BIS Secretary of State Dr Vince Cable

As part of the Future Solent low carbon conference; held on Friday 18th October, Professor Bahaj met the Rt. Hon Dr Vince Cable, UK’s Secretary of State (SS) for Business Innovation & Skills (BIS) and discussed with him the low carbon options for the Solent region. The Secretary of State visited the stand of the ...

Energy for Development (E4D): Community Progress within the First Year Operation of the Solar Rural Electrification Project in Kenya

The University of Southampton represented by the Sustainable Energy Research Group (SERG), within the Faculty of Engineering and the Environment is leading an exemplar international project to provide sustainable electricity supply to rural communities in Africa. The aim of the project is to establish and implement replicable, off-grid electricity generation that promotes development in rural ...

Prof AbuBakr Bahaj launches the new 'International Journal of Marine Energy' at Ewtec 2013

Ewtec 2013, hosted in Aalborg, Denmark, saw the launch of the new International Journal of Marine Energy (IJOME) with Professor AbuBakr Bahaj as the Editior-in-Chief. The IJOME will aim to publish original and high quality papers covering fundamental and applied research and case studies relevant to all forms of marine/ocean energy. The Journal focuses on topics ...

Prof Bahaj gives Lecture on Energy for Development at the Islamic Development Bank, Jeddah Saudi Arabia

On Wednesday 17th July 2013, Professor AbuBakr Bahaj, head of the Sustainable Energy Research Group, attended an joint event in Saudi Arabia on; Community of Practice on Poverty Reduction Community of Practice on Infrastructure ISDF Knowledge Initiative for Poverty Reduction Professor Bahaj gave a lecture at the event on ‘A New Approach to Energy for Development‘, speaking about the ...

University of Southampton Holds Research Collegium on Coastal Eco-cities Symposium 2013

On Tuesday the 23rd July 2013, the University of Southampton held a research collegium on ‘Coastal Eco-cities’. Click here to see the leaflet of the event. Collegium Motivation: The success of the Collegium depends on the collaborative application of a broad range of engineering and other competences as the drive to address the challenges encountered in Coastal ...

Jeremy Watson, Visiting Professor has been awarded a CBE

Jeremy Watson, Visiting Professor at the University Southampton and Arup’s director of Global Research has been awarded a CBE in the Queen’s 2013 Birthday honours. His citation was for services to engineering. Jeremy has worked as Arup’s global director of Research for the last seven years; spending three of these as part-time Chief Scientific Adviser to ...

Lecture 28th June 2013: Revitalizing Irrigation in Pakistan

Date and Venue: Friday 28th June 2013 at 16.30 Lecture Theatre F2/Building 7 Highfield Campus Speaker: Dr Arif Anwar, BSc Eng, MSc, PhD Principal Researcher—Irrigation and Head IWMI Pakistan Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Engineering and the Environment University of Southampton Please refer to the lecture leaflet for programme and more information To register your place, please e-mail: Sheila Stickland – eccd@soton.ac.uk  

SERG Set to Launch International Journal of Marine Energy Soon

Prof Bahaj from the Sustainable Energy Research Group will be editior-in-chief for the new International Journal of Marine Energy (IJME) to be released in 2013. Please visit the IJME website for more information and to register to recieve updates on the latest news and events on the journal.

Launch of Census 2022: Transforming Small Area Socio-Economic Indicators through 'Big Data'

One of only 20 to be funded under the ESRC’s new ‘Transformative Social Science‘ programme, this project will explore the feasibility of estimating small area (neighbourhood) census-like statistics from transactional ‘big data’ including large scale fine grained temporal energy monitoring data held by the Faculty. It will involve extensive collaboration with data owners/providers, Census researchers ...

Lecture 30th May 2013: A New Approach to Energy for Development

Thursday 30 May 2013 Room 1027/Building 67 Highfield Campus Doors open 17.30 Lecture begins 18.00 – no admittance after 18.00 Refreshments will be served in the foyer from 17.30 onwards Speaker: Prof. AbuBakr Bahaj, BSc, PhD, FICE, FRSA Head of Energy & Climate Change Division Faculty of Engineering and the Environment University of Southampton To date it is estimated ...

International Centre for Infrastructure Futures (ICIF) launches

The International Centre for Infrastructure Futures (ICIF) in which Southampton is a partner launches on Wednesday 29 May 2013 at The IET, 2 Savoy Place, London, WC2R 0BL from 14:30 – 17:30 followed by a drinks reception. ICIF, a consortium of six UK Universities and 22 non-academic partners lead by UCL will create a new way of bringing ...

Lecture 31st January 2013: Science and Engineering in Government – and Opportunities for Innovation in the Built Environment

Prof. Jeremy Watson Global Research Director, ARUP view invitation poster for more information

'Tidal Current Energy' special issue of the Royal Society's Philosophical Transactions A

New research from a global group of scientists and engineers, including from SERG, has been published in a special issue journal of the Royal Society. The work is in support of tidal  power, which has the potential to provide more than 20 per cent of the UK’s electricity demand and the journal guest was edited ...

New ESRC SDAI project launches

The ESRC funded The distribution and dynamics of UK citizens’ environmental attitudes, behaviours and actions project launched on 1st January 2013. The project will use Understanding Society, the new large scale UK longitudinal household panel to analyse the environmental attitudes, behaviours, and actions of people living in the UK.

Energy for Development project installs 13.5 KW solar plant in Kenya

The Energy for Development project has successfully completed the installation of the 13.5 KW solar plant in the rural Kenyan village Kitonyoni. The project addresses the electricity needs of rural communities in East Africa and addresses the fundamental scientific, engineering, social and policy research issues in rural power generation and distribution, transferring knowledge between participating countries ...

City of Southampton appoints Professor AbuBakr Bahaj as Chief Scientific Adviser

The City of Southampton has appointed Professor AbuBakr Bahaj as their Chief Scientific Adviser. Professor Bahaj, Head of the University’s Energy and Climate Change Division, has taken on the role to champion science and engineering as a key driver of the economy and ensure the city uses science effectively in all policy-making. Media coverage: University press release The ...

Shortlisting of Southampton’s Future Cities Programme

Southampton’s Future Cities programme has been short listed  in a multi-million pound award that, if won, would see the city transformed into a 21st-Century flagship for green technology and sustainable enterprise. The city is one of 30 councils across the UK who have received government support to carry out a feasibility study in a bid ...

Liveable Cities programme grant awarded

SERG and the University of Southampton received a £6.5 million programme grant from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council to transform cities to include low carbon pathways and healthier living. The work is to provide pathways of novel engineering and social solutions that test acceptability and coherence for low carbon living under various CO2 ...

Lecture 3rd November 2011: The End of Easy Energy

Lord Browne of Madingley Ex Chairman of BP view invitation poster for more information

EWTEC 2011 Held at University of Southampton

The European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference, organized by SERG, was held at the University of Southampton in September. more details on the EWTEC Conference

Sustainable Energy Research Group at WREC 2011 in Linköping

The Sustainable Energy Research Group presented 8 papers at the World Renewable Energy Congress in Linköping covering a range of topics, such as marine technology, overheating in school buildings and Microgeneration technology. The paper “Preliminary design of the OWEL wave energy convertor commercial demonstrator (MO0645) Leybourne, M.; Batten, W.; Bahaj, AbuBakr S.; Minns, N.; O’Nians, ...

National Solar-Thermal Trial

The University of Southampton were technical consultants for the Energy Saving Trust on their national solar thermal trial for the UK. Full report here.

Lecture 3rd May 2011 – UK Government Policy on Energy and Climate Change

Prof. Brian Collins Chief Scientific Advisor, Department for Transport and Department for Business, Innovation and Skills view invitation poster for more information

Lecture 10th February 2011: UK Government Policy on Energy and Climate Change

Chris Huhne MP, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change view invitation poster for more information

Lecture 25th January 2011 – Commercial Development of Ocean Wave Energy – the Pelamis Experience

Chris Retzler Chief Scientist, Pelamis Wave Power view invitation poster for more information

Lecture 10th January 2011: Sustainable Development: Global Challenges for Businesses

Paul Turner Head of Sustainable Development, Lloyds Banking Group view invitation poster for more information

HRH The Duke of York visits SERG

His Royal Highness The Duke of York visited the engineering laboratories of the University of Southampton’s Sustainable Energy Research Group on Thursday 4th November 2010.

Lecture 12th October 2010: Climate Change – so what?

Paul Jowitt President of the Institute of Civil Engineers view invitation poster for more information

Dr Valentin Heller was Invited to Give a Seminar at the Department of Earth Science and Engineering of Imperial College, London

Dr. Valentin Heller visited The Applied Modelling and Computation Group (AMCG), part of the Department of Earth Science and Engineering, Imperial College, to give presentations about the “Anaconda wave power device” and “Landslide generated tsunamis”.

Lecture 19th May 2010: Building a Smarter Planet City by City

Rashik Parmar Chief Technical Officer for IBM – North Eastern Europe view invitation poster for more information

Prof Bahaj Meets David Cameron MP at the University of Southampton

David Cameron MP, the leader of the Conservatives, visited the engineering laboratories of the University of Southampton’s Sustainable Energy Research Group on Monday 3rd May 2010. He heard how the range of disciplines at the University’s School of Civil Engineering and the Environment enabled Southampton to conduct energy research from many different perspectives, from monitoring ...

SERG Supports Artist Neville Gabie on his Iceberg Project at the Tatton Park Biennial 2010: Framing Identity

Dr Patrick James and Dr Neil Richardson supported artist Neville Gabie on his iceberg project at the Tatton Park Biennial which features an iceberg transported from Greenland to the UK. SERG helped with the development and installation of the cooling mechanism used for keeping the iceberg frozen. Electricity is generated via a photovoltaic array which ...

Prof AbuBakr Bahaj was the Lead Academic on the ICE Report ‘Offshore Renewables: Unlocking the Potential’

The report responds to the UK electricity sector’s security of supply crisis, as one third (30GW) of UK’s power plants are due to close by 2025 coupled with the need to urgently decarbonise our energy supply to meet pressing environmental targets. ICE’s report says the rapid up-scaling of offshore renewable resources, on a similar scale to ...

Lecture 6th October 2009: Stepping up to the Energy Challenge

James Smith CEO Shell UK view invitation poster for more information

SERG Researchers Present at EWTEC 2009 Conference in Uppsala, Sweden

SERG sent several staff and students to the 8th European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference (EWTEC) in Uppsala, Sweden. 6 oral presentations were given by group members and all were well-received. During the conference Dr. Luke Myers gave an interview concerning tidal power to Swedish radio.

Lecture 28th September 2009: Sustainability Research in Action: the Campus as a Living Laboratory

Prof. Paul Linden Environmental and Science Engineering, University of California, San Diego view invitation poster for more information

EST Domestic Small-Scale Wind Field Trial Report Written by Members of SERG Published

Within the UK microwind trial research project funded by the Energy Saving Trust members of SERG have produced a report integrating issues of domestic wind speed prediction, measured performance results of the field studies, the potential market for small-scale wind turbines, customer feedback and recommendations for domestic consumers. Energy Saving Trust

Prof. AbuBakr Bahaj Delivers a Keynote Address at the Institute of Refrigeration in Shanghai

Prof. AbuBakr Bahaj was invited to give a keynote address on the “Impact of a Changing Climate on Cities” at the Institute of Refrigeration in Shanghai.

Dr. William Batten was Invited to Give a Talk at the Kazakhstan Institute of Management, Economics and Strategic Research

Dr. William Batten gave a guest lecture on “Renewable Energy, Costs and Options for Kazakhstan” at the Kazakhstan Institute of Management, Economics and Strategic Research (KIMEP) in Almaty, Kazakstan.

‘Why waste heat?’ Report Written by Members of SERG Published by the ICE

SERG was commissioned by the Institute of Civil Engineers to generate a report on the potential of heat recovery from centralised electricity generation in the UK. This report addresses issues of current and future prospects for heat capture, heat policy, emissions targets and reducing domestic heat demand. Institute of Civil Engineers

Prof. AbuBakr Bahaj Gives a Keynote Address at the Word Renewable Energy Congress 2009 – Asia

Prof. AbuBakr Bahaj was invited to give a keynote address at the World Renewable Energy Congress 2009 – Asia in Bangkok. His talk centred on the “Status of Wave and Tidal Energy Conversion”. World Renewable Energy Congress 2009 – Asia

Prof. AbuBakr Bahaj was Invited to Give a Talk at the Futures Fair 09: Retrofitting – Adaptation and Aspirations

Prof. AbuBakr Bahaj delivered an invited talk at the Futures Fair 09 at RIBA in London. This event brought together architects in research, academia and the design industries to re-consider the future of our towns and cities over the next 20 years and beyond. The title of the talk given by Prof. Bahaj was: “Issues in ...

SERG Researchers Work at the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur

Nikkolaos Bakker and Mark Jentsch worked for several weeks with research partners at the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur. The scope of this work was to investigate user feedback strategies and the environmental performance of buildings in tropical climates and to relate the results to data gathered in the UK.

Prof. AbuBakr Bahaj was Invited to Give an RSA Lecture on “Energy from the Oceans”

Prof. AbuBakr Bahaj was invited to give a lecture within the lecture series of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) South Central. This lecture focused on “Energy from the Oceans”. more details on the lecture

SERG Exhibits at the Ecobuild 2009 Exhibition in London

The Sustainable Energy Research Group presented its work in the field of energy and buildings on the universities stand at the Ecobuild 2009 exhibition in London. The group teamed up with SmartGlass International and Gec-Co Go Eco Consultancy Co for this event on a joint stand. The stand design was developed by members of the ...

Prof. AbuBakr Bahaj gives Presentation at PRASEG Seminar on Wave and Tidal Energy

Prof. AbuBakr Bahaj was invited to give a talk at the Associate Parliamentary Renewable and Sustainable Energy Group (PRASEG) seminar on wave and tidal energy.

Members of SERG Act as Energy Experts for the DECC Heat and Energy Saving Strategy Consultation

Dr. Luke Myers and Dr. Patrick James were acting as energy experts during the DECC (Department of Energy and Climate Change) consultation on ‘Heat and Energy Saving Strategy’. They were providing advice at public consultation events in London, Exeter and Durham. Furthermore they were responding to questions through the on-line forum for these events. Department of ...

SERG Presents it’s Climate Change Research at CIBSE Event on the Future of Weather Data

Mr. Mark Jentsch and Dr. Patrick James were invited to give a presentation on the ‘Present and future performance of naturally ventilated buildings’ at the CIBSE one day conference on ‘The future of weather data’ in London. Themes of their talk were: Present day measured building performance in a ‘hot summer’ compared to simulation predictions The need for ...

Research Partners from Malaysia Visit the Group

Dr. Yau from the University of Malaya in Malaysia visited the Sustainable Energy Research Group. The purpose of the visit was to kick-off the research collaboration on ‘Climate Change Implications for Buildings and their Technical Services in Tropical and Moderate Climates’ funded by the British Council. As part of this collaboration Choo Khean Chang who ...

SERG Represents University at Copenmind 2008

From the 1st to the 3rd of September 2008 the Sustainable Energy Research Group represented the University of Southampton at the annual Copenmind exhibition in Copenhagen. The exhibition’s main theme was ‘Cleantech’ which has strong links to the group’s work. The exhibition stand was designed and built by members of the group. Exhibits included one ...

Best Paper Award at WREC X for a Paper by the Sustainable Energy Reseach Group

The paper presented by Luke Blunden at the World Renewable Energy Congress WREC X in Glasgow was awarded best paper of the “Marine and Ocean Energy Technology” sessions. A total of 8 papers were presented at the conference by members of the group spanning the “Marine and Ocean Energy Technology”, “Wind Energy Applications” and “Low ...

Anaconda Wave Energy Converter Covered in the New Scientist

The research on the Anaconda wave energy converter which is lead by Professor John Chaplin was covered in the New Scientist.

SERG Invited to Contribute to the ICOM Energy Association’s 75th Anniversary Brochure

Dr. Patrick James of the Sustainable Energy Research Group was invited to contribute an article on “Beyond the boiler: low carbon technology opportunities” to the ICOM Energy Association’s 75th Anniversary Brochure. ICOM Energy Association

UK Climate Impacts Programme lists Climate Change Weather File Generator as UKCIP02 Extra

The UK Climate Impacts Programme (UKCIP) lists the weather file generation tool (CCWeatherGen) developed by the Sustainable Energy Research Group as UKCIP02 extra on its website. The free tool which can be used for generating climate change weather files for building performance simulation programs can be downloaded from the SERG website. UK Climate Impacts Programme

SERG Present on World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi

Prof AbuBakr Bahaj and Dr Patrick James exhibited aspects of the group’s work at the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi, UAE. A 10th scale tidal stream turbine which is used to assess blade design was shown on the UK stand of the exhibition. Tidal stream energy is seen as one of the key ...

Lecture 16th January 2008: Solar Photovoltaics Technology: The Beginning of the Revolution

Prof. Lawrence L. Kazmerski Director of the National Center for Photovoltaics (NCPV) at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, Colorado, USA

SERG Members Invited to 'International Networking for Young Scientists (INYS) – Renewable Energy' Workshop

Dr William Batten, Dr Patrick James and Mark Jentsch were invited to take part in a renewable energy workshop in Malaysia as part of a UK delegation from three universities. The workshop was organised by the British Council Malaysia within the framework of the International Networking for Young Scientists (INYS) programme in order to bring ...

SERG Members Invited to 'UK-US Collaborative Applied Research Discovery Workshop on Sustainable Environments and Biofuels'

A delegation from the School of Civil Engineering and the Environment was invited to a workshop on environmental sustainability hosted by the University of California San Diego. Prof Charles Banks, Mark Jentsch, Prof AbuBakr Bahaj, Prof Mike McDonald and Prof Mutasem El-Fadel attended the workshop, which aimed to set up research partnerships between leading academics in ...

Lecture 11th October 2007: A Vision with a Mission: The German Route to 50% Renewable Energy by 2050

Prof. Hans Müller-Steinhagen Director, Institute of Technical Thermodynamics, German Aerospace Centre and Institute of Thermodynamics and Thermal Engineering, University of Stuttgart, Germany view Prof. Müller-Steinhagen’s presentation

Presentation at the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce (RSA) Sigma President's Lecture

Prof AbuBakr Bahaj was invited to give a presentation at the RSA on the ‘Exploitation of Ocean Currents and Waves for Electricity Generation’. The session was chaired by HRH Prince Philip. The event was sponsored by Sigma Capital Group plc.         Briefing Note for the Talk: Exploitation of Ocean Currents and Waves for Electricity Generation The oceans which cover more than 70% ...

IDCOP Presentation at UKCIP (UK Climate Impacts Programme) in Oxford

Members of the IDCOP research team presented their current work on climate change weather file generation for thermal building simulations to the UKCIP team in Oxford. An automated form of generating simulation weather files in TMY2 (Typical Meteorological Year) format using UKCIP data was presented. Further steps of how to disseminate this tool to the ...

Presentation at the ‘Carbon in the City’ Workshop at the British Embassy in Berlin

Prof AbuBakr Bahaj was invited to give a presentation at an international workshop hosted by the British Council Germany and the Einstein Forum, Potsdam. The workshop ‘Carbon in the City – International Perspectives’ was held on the 11th of May 2007 at the British Embassy, Wilhelmstrasse 70 in Berlin and brought together experts from India, ...

Unlocking the Power House, futher impact

SERG presentions on microgeneration for the French Embassy in London and at Imperial College Dr Patrick James was invited by the French Embassy in London to give a talk on ‘Microgeneration: Opportunities and Barriers’ on the 15th of February 2007. The event was held at the Novartis Foundation in London. The same talk was presented again ...

MP asks Parliamentary Question about microgeneration report

Malcolm Wicks, Secretary of State said that he ‘considers that the report “Unlocking the Power House” makes an important contribution to the growing body of research on the deployment of microgeneration technologies and will help to inform the development of the microgeneration aspects of the Energy White Paper.’ The report is part of a recently ...

Sustainable Energy Research Group at WREC IX in Florence

The Sustainable Energy Research Group presented 9 papers at the World Renewable Energy Congress (WREC IX) in Florence including papers on marine current energy converters, energy and comfort in commercial buildings and microgeneration. Several members of the group also chaired sessions within the conference. On the photo left to right: Luke Blunden, William Batten, AbuBakr Bahaj, Patrick ...

David Cameron visits the Sustainable Energy and Hydrodynamics Laboratories

The Conservative Party Leader Mr David Cameron MP visited the Sustainable Energy Research Group within the School of Civil Engineering and the Environment. He was welcomed to the University by the Vice Chancellor Prof Bill Wakeham and Prof William Powrie, head of School. Prof ‘Bakr Bahaj described some of the Sustainable Energy Research Group’s activities ...

Young Canadian Ambassadors in S&T (YCAST) visit to the Sustainable Energy Research Group

YCAST visting the Professional Services Building PV insataltion at the university 5 Canadian undergraduates, Natalie Parks of Dalhousie U, David Rancourt of Sherbrooke U, Kathryn Klement of U Toronto, Vittorio Spoldi of U Calgary, and Michael Burgess of UBC were the first recipients of a new British Council Canada award for Young Canadian Ambassadors in S&T ...

PV array on new Professional Services Building in BBC's South Today News Photo of AbuBakr Bahaj Interview

BBC’s South Today News requested an interview with Dr. Bahaj on photovoltaics and solar thermal energy. The PV array on the roof of the new Professional Services Building was visited and demonstrated to the reporters. On air 25 August 2005, 6:30pm – BBC South Today

G8 scientists undertake visit to the group

G8 scientists requested a visit to the Sustainable Energy Research Group at the University of Southampton to see current research and test facilities of the group, including marine current energy converters and the group’s PV installations. The scientists visited the laboratory of the group taking a closer look at the marine current energy converter prototypes developed ...

Best poster at Sustainable Urban Environments

Poster of the IDCOP research consortium awarded best poster of Sustainable Urban Environments: Vision into Action Conference EPSRC SUE: Vision into Action Conference, Birmingham, UK 28 February – 02 March 2005  IDCOP Consortium Poster      

Visits of the EPSRC and the University's Vice-Chancellor to the new laboratory of the Sustainable Energy Research Group

  16 November – EPSRC International Panel visit 19 November – Vice-Chancellor visit

Best poster of the International Conference on Fine Particle Magnetism hosted by the London Centre for Nanotechnology

  International Conference on Fine Particle Magnetism, London Centre for Nanotechnology,20 – 22 September 2004 poster on microbially produced iron sulfide bioabsorbent  

World Renewable Energy Congress VIII, Denver, Colorado USA

10 papers presented by the Sustainable Energy Research Group at the World Renewable Energy Congress VIII in Denver, including papers on Marine Current Energy Converters, Photovoltaics and HOEs. World Renewable Energy Congress VIII. Denver Marriott City Center, Denver, Colorado USA. 29 August – 03 September 2004.         World Renewable Energy Congress VIII.