Energy and environment
Energy transition and decarbonisation are a necessity rather than an obligation. To meet climate targets, the global energy sector is shifting from fossil-based systems of energy production and consumption to renewable energy sources like wind and solar, as well as batteries. However, there are safety, environmental and health issues related to this transition, which must be addressed.
This theme aims to build research connections and integrate strengths across the Universities three faculties: Faculty of Engineering and Physical Science, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences.
It will start by developing external bids to address the safety, environmental and health issues related to the three key pillars of decarbonisation: hydrogen, ammonia and electrification, with the existing strengths at Surrey as well as the external collaborators which are already sponsors and collaborators of the participating fellows.
In the longer term, this theme will expand to other related environmental issues related to energy transition to be guided by government and industry strategies. Additionally, there are associated issues of all the above which call for expertise in economics for techno-economic analysis, public awareness and perception, and the effects of the emissions on public health, marine life as well as the climate impacts need to be addressed.
Surrey has strengths in various themes related to “energy and environment”, covering hydrogen production, wind and solar power, battery technology, propulsion and power generation using sustainable fuels, etc. These activities are complemented by Surrey’s strengths in cross cutting safety, environmental impact and techno-economic assessment as well as environmental psychology.Professor Jennifer Wen, Professor in Energy Resilience, Head of Fire and Explosion Modelling Group (FMEG), Programme Lead for Energy and Environment at Institute for Sustainability
Through a dedicated theme under the umbrella of Institution for Sustainability, we can effectively mobilise and link up these strengths, which are scattered in different schools across the three faculties, to promote cross fertilisation and collaboration, fostering a coordinated and supported approach for external grant applications.