New ‘Energy Initiative’ to launch at Kingston

An exciting new Energy initiative in the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing will pull together a wide range of disciplines and research, and develop new teaching and learning opportunities for staff and students.

The Energy initiative will be formally launched on 4 August by MP for Kingston and Surbiton and Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Ed Davey at the World Renewable Energy Conference which is being held in Kingston in partnership with the University.

Headed up by Professor Gavin Gillmore, the initiative addresses three global topics: conventional energies (led by Gavin); renewable energies (led by Necip Sahinkaya); and sustainable energies (led by Stuart Downward).

Gavin said. “We have lots of staff working in fields related to energy and through this hub we will break down silos and create multidisciplinary, linked-up subjects. Faculty expertise covers smart homes, bioenergy and biomass, solar, wind, energy conservation and transport, oil and gas exploration, shale gas fracturing and geothermal and nuclear energy.

The Energy initiative will be supported by an external advisory board, which includes Kingston alumni Malcolm Brown, who is vice president (VP) exploration at BG Group (British Gas) and Geoff Reed, consultant for Nexgas (previously VP and general manager, BG Indonesia at BG Group; general manager, International Exploration and Production at BG Group; and exploration manager Middle East, Asia and Australasia at BG Group). Other members include Malcolm Farrow, CEO of the Environmental Industries Commission.

The World Renewable Energy Conference will be held in Kingston on 3-8 August. The local organiser is Dr Hossein Mirzai, senior lecturer in the School of Aerospace Aeronautical Engineering, with Professor Ali Sayigh, the chairman of WREC and director general of the World Renewable Energy Network.

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