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Institute for Energy Systems

The Institute for Energy Systems (IES) is one of five multi-disciplinary research institutes within the School of Engineering at the University of Edinburgh. Led by Professor Ian Bryden there are five integrated research areas involving 14 academic staff, 26 research staff and around 50 postgraduate students. IES leads the EPSRC-funded UK Centre for Marine Energy Research, is a partner in the Supergen Photovoltaics consortia, several Energy Technologies Institute and EU projects. The current research grant portfolio is around 10 million. IES is one of five Joint Research Institutes (JRIs) in the Edinburgh Research Partnership which combines research skills in Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt universities. In addition to traditional PhD training opportunities, IES leads the innovative IDCORE Engineering Doctoral Centre in Offshore Renewable Energy as well as very well-established and successful MSc in Sustainable Energy Systems.


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Research Areas

Marine Energy

Wave and tidal energy; offshore wind; coastal defence.

Power Systems

Distributed renewable generation; asset management and planning; power quality and reliability assessment; load modelling; demand-side management.

Energy and Climate

Wind, marine and hydropower resource modelling; climate change impact assessment; life cycle assessment; decarbonising energy supply.

Machines and Power Electronics

Novel generator designs for renewables; power converter design for renewables; switched-mode power supplies.

Innovation and Policy

Techno-economic analysis; roadmaps and standards; governance and policy; innovation systems; societal engagement with energy.

IES History

The Institute for Energy Systems was formed in August 2002 by bringing together colleagues in Energy Systems and Wave Power. The Energy Systems Group combined expertise in traditional power engineering and power electronics with energy resource management and environmental preservation. It operated extensively with UK industry, within Europe and in less-developed countries. The Wave Power Group created Salter's 'duck' to generate electricity from the waves and subsequent research focussed on improved wave devices, high efficiency hydraulic transmission and control and a new generation of test tanks. These have led to significant commercial spinout activity: world-leading wavemaking and tank building by Edinburgh Designs Ltd; development and application of Digital DisplacementTM technology to control and transmission of fluid power by Artemis Intelligent Power Ltd; and the development of the Pelamis wave energy converter by Pelamis Wave Power.

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Head of Institute

Professor Ian Bryden


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