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  • Study Type

    Full time available

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  • Start Date

    October, January

  • Course Duration

    1 year full-time

  • Course Type

    MSc, Research Only

  • Course Fees

    For current fees visit our website

  • Last Updated

    08 July 2019

Providing a sustainable, affordable and secure energy future through the discovery and implementation of new Energy innovation is a key challenge for the 21st Century.

Key Features of MSc by Research in Energy Innovation

Providing a sustainable, affordable and secure energy future through the discovery and implementation of new technology and innovation is a key challenge for the 21st Century. With more people requiring energy, effective solutions need to come from a wide range of sources. For the near term various energy innovations are needed and will be the key to global energy solutions.

The Energy Safety Research Institute (ESRI) is a leading centre of excellence for the development of advanced technologies in energy resources, and can host many of these students. The Centre benefits from world-leading expertise in the area of a wide range of energy innovations including hydrogen, solar, nanotechnology and carbon capture.

The energy innovation degrees are managed by ESRI but are open to supervisors outside of ESRI.

The Energy Safety Research Institute (ESRI) research areas, broadly speaking, fit into the following categories:

  • Hydrocarbon: Oil and gas production and processing; downstream issues relating to efficient fuel refining; additives and fuel composition/performance chemistry.
  • Hydrogen: technologies for the efficient generation of hydrogen from wasted energy generation; photocatalysis for hydrogen generation; hydrogen as an energy vector, solar energy harvesting.
  • CO2: technologies for the efficient removal of carbon dioxide from fuel feedstocks; use of carbon dioxide as a fuel source.
  • Biofuel: methods for developing the process streams enabling integration of biofuel production with the chemistry industry supply chain.
  • Energy transmission: Smart grids and carbon nanotube conductors.
  • Wave and ocean technologies:
  • Computer modelling: Energy related fields such as oil wells and energy grids.
  • Other projects involving energy and innovation: We are not limited by supervisor or by topic so if you have ideas of a specific topic yourself or are a company wishing to sponsor a student o investigate a specific energy related topic them please contact us.

Energy Innovation scholarships

The following Energy Innovation scholarship is open for application:

Engineering Quarter

At the College of Engineering, we continually strive for excellence in our teaching and research. The Bay Campus provides the space for growth and enable us to build on our current success, co-locating industry with our academic staff and students including those in Energy Innovation.

The Bay Campus includes purpose built facilities for students, staff and businesses allowing for the benefits of co-location, enabling applied research, an accelerated innovation pathway and employment opportunities. 

The seven buildings that form the College of Engineering house high-tech teaching and research laboratories. There are brand new lecture theatres, smaller tutorial and seminar rooms, teaching laboratories and PC facilities.

Energy Safety Research Institute (ESRI)

The Energy Safety Research Institute building at Swansea University’s Bay Campus forms part of the College of Engineering. The Energy Safety Research Institute concentrates the College of Engineering’s strength in the energy sector.

The Energy Safety Research Institute is supported by industry sponsors. It focuses on the safety issues surrounding the development and expansion of existing energy processes, as well as the safe deployment and integration of new 'green' energy technologies.

The design and construction of a new 3,800m2 building enables the University to develop the quality and scale of its research efforts in the areas of energy and safety.

The Institute has an international focus and is a constituent member of the Global Energy Safety Institute (founded in Houston, Texas in 2011) a sister Institute of the Energy and Environmental Systems Institute at Rice University in Houston and an associate of the National Corrosion Research Centre at Texas A&M (supported by BP in North America).

This builds on the existing long-term strengths within College of Engineering in the area of petroleum and chemical processing, particularly in terms of computational science (rock fracture modelling and fracking') and corrosion.

It is supplemented by more recent research success in marine energy, nuclear, tidal, advanced water treatment ('fracking' post-treatment and separation), materials, crisis management and more novel areas such as photovoltaic (PV) and nanotechnology.

Key facts

  • 3,800 sqm building.
  • BREEAM Outstanding rating. BREEAM is the world's leading design and assessment method for sustainable buildings.
  • UK’s first dedicated centre for research into energy safety.
  • Supported by BP and Tata Steel.
  • Provides facilities for Swansea’s Sêr Cymru and other staff.
  • Marine Lab will include a 30m flume for research, testing and development of products including wave powered electricity generators.
  • Building is funded from the UK Research Partnership Investment Fund (UKRPIF) provided via the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW).

Visit the Energy Innovation MSc by Research page on the Swansea University website for more details!




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