Our case studies showcase academic research from across the Department that has had an impact on the world or local community, and feature some of our current academics, research staff, Alumni and students.
With energy supply responsible for 65% of global greenhouse gas emissions, the transition to renewable energy sources is a critical part of the fight against dangerous climate change. We have the resources and the technology – the challenge is creating a reliable supply of power, both for developed countries used to having electricity at the flick of a switch, and for developing nations for which a stable, affordable power supply is an essential foundation for economic growth.
By 2050, it is predicted that 68% of the world’s populations will live in urban areas. While this change will create new socioeconomic opportunities for many nations, it will also introduce many challenges to infrastructure and services. A new programme on the Future of Cooling, led by Dr Radhika Khosla (Oxford India Centre for Sustainable Development) and Professor Malcolm McCulloch (Department of Engineering Science), aims to examine and help shape the unprecedented increase in cooling energy demand growth.
Dr David Howey runs a battery management lab where he and his team build battery systems and work out how to control them correctly, so that they last as long as possible.