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Interdisciplinary Research Centre

Energy efficiency research at the University of Cambridge cuts across all other energy research themes.  Examples of key initiatives that focus on energy efficiency include:

  • Integrated consideration of buildings, transport and urban planning, including the Energy Efficient Cities Initiative, which addresses energy demand reduction in the urban environment by integrating design and development of novel technologies for energy efficient cities, with links to economic, policy and regulatory considerations.
  • Energy efficient buildings, using novel design and new technologies to reduce the energy consumed in business and domestic buildings, including the Energy Efficiency in the Built Environment project and work at the BP Institute on energy efficiency for HVAC (heating, ventilation and air-conditioning).
  • Investigations into energy use, emissions, environmental impact, capital and operating costs of current and future transport technology and the system wide impact of technological innovations through the use of global transport demand modelling and transport system technology assessment.
  • Energy efficient chemical, refining and materials production processes, as well as energy efficient recycling processes.  This research is focussed in the Departments of Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology and Materials Science and Metallurgy.
  • Investigations into global and regional energy demand scenarios and energy policy interventions to increase energy efficiency and reduce demand.  Two of the largest research groups in Cambridge addressing these issues are the Energy Policy Research Group and the Centre for Climate Change Mitigation Research.
  • Optimising the design of the next generation radio telescope, the Square Kilometer Array, for low power consumption and utilisation of novel renewable energy technologies in a desert environment in the Cavendish Laboratory.

Please visit individual faculty profiles to learn more about their research in the Energy Efficiency theme. 

People specializing in this area

Principal Investigators

Abir Al-Tabbaa
Member of the Energy IRC Steering Committee
Professor in Geotechnical Engineering
Director of FIBE2 CDT
Professor Ross  Anderson
Professor of Security Engineering
Dr Alexander  Archibald
Lecturer in Atmospheric Chemistry Modelling
Professor Jeremy  Baumberg
Dr Alan  Blackwell
Reader in Interdisciplinary Design, Computer Laboratory
Adam Boies
Member of the Energy IRC Steering Committee
Professor of Nanomaterials and Aerosol Engineering
Professor David  Cardwell
Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Strategy and Planning
Professor of Superconducting Engineering
Professor Daping  Chu
Nanjing Professor of Technology and Innovation
Dr Jacqui  Cole
Royal Academy of Engineering Research Professorship in Materials Physics Head of Molecular Engineering Group
Jonathan  Cullen
Member of the Energy IRC Steering Committee
Professor of Sustainable Engineering
Professor Andrea  Ferrari
Dr. Andrew  Flewitt
Professor of Electronic Engineering
Professor Malte  Grosche
Professor of Condensed Matter Physics
Dr Stephan  Hofmann
Professor in Nanotechnology
Professor Andy  Hopper
Professor of Computer Technology
Dr Hannah  Joyce
Professor of Low-Dimensional Electronics
Professor Ian  Leslie
Professor of Computer Science
Director of University Information Services
Dr Ioannis  Lestas
Professor of Control Engineering
Teng Long
Member of the Energy IRC Steering Committee
Lecturer in Power Electronics
Professor Duncan  McFarlane
Professor of Industrial Information Engineering
Head, Distributed Information & Automation Laboratory
Professor Campbell  Middleton
Laing O'Rourke Professor of Construction Engineering
Professor Andrew  Moore
Professor Rachel  Oliver
Professor of Materials Science
Dr John  Orr
Professor of Structural Engineering
Professor Michael Andrew Parker
Head of Department
Professor of High Energy Physics
Professorial Fellow of Peterhouse
Dr Michael H. Ramage
Professor of Architecture and Engineering
Fellow of Sidney Sussex College
Deputy Head of Department for Research
Director of Studies for Sidney Sussex College and St John's College
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Dr Andrew  Rice
Professor of Computer Science
Professor Peter  Robinson
Professor of Computer Technology
Director of Research in the Department of Computer Science and Technology
Professor Ashwin  Seshia
Professor of Microsystems Technology
Sam Stranks
Member of the Energy IRC Steering Committee
Professor Ian  White
van Eck Professor of Engineering
Professor Tim  Wilkinson
Professor of Photonic Engineering
Professor Ian  Wilson
Professor of Soft Solids and Surfaces

Associate Members

Events and Marketing Coordinator
Dr Agnieszka (Aga)  Iwasiewicz-Wabnig
Maxwell Centre Programme Manager
Knowledge Transfer Facilitator, Cavendish Laboratory
Engagement Manager
Head Future Systems
Dr Beatrix  Schlarb-Ridley
Director of Innovation and Impact
Director, Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction

Postdoctoral Researchers

Graduate Students

Visiting Researchers