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Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering

Wind turbines in the ocean

Resilient systems

Research in this area addresses the engineering, policy and societal challenges of adapting to a sustainable society by developing low-carbon energy systems and better managing water resources.

Centres and institutes

Our researchers work with the following research centres and institutes:

Research concerning resilient systems stems from established research strengths in climate change mitigation and related activities in renewable energy systems and environmental flows.

Particular foci are the global challenges of providing sustainable energy and water. This includes the activities of the national Tyndall Centre, which brings together interdisciplinary research expertise and delivers agenda-setting insights.

Our work addresses whole-energy system transitions including socioeconomic challenges, transportation, sustainable nuclear energy, renewable energy, carbon capture and storage, energy demand, power networks and the water-energy-food nexus.

Research on water resources is in close collaboration with the Global Development Institute, Alliance Manchester Business School and global partners. Engineering analysis of energy technologies as part of the Manchester Energy beacon addresses emissions mitigation across the whole energy system, from biomass combustion and power generation from offshore renewables to heat networks and community energy development.

Work extends to assessing regional and national policy measures with academics engaging with stakeholders to enable local action that meets global carbon targets. This is complimented by fine-scale engineering analysis to establish the potential and rate of uptake of low-carbon technologies.

Areas of expertise

Our researchers specialise in the following areas of expertise: