Pylons could be replaced with underground cabling

Once generated, energy needs to be delivered to the consumer in a way that minimises loss and environmental impact.

The increasing proportion of fluctuating renewable sources in our energy supply and the rise of micro generation sites presents challenges in smart grid design, being tackled by our computer scientists and electrical engineers.

The delivery of energy under cities and precious landscapes without impacting upon the environment and disrupting life on the surface is a problem being tackled by our civil engineers through trenchless technologies. We are leaders in the Mapping the Underworld project, which aims to develop a means of locating and mapping all buried assets in the UK through portable detection technology. Our engineers are also developing novel sensors which can be installed in distribution pipes to improve efficiency in renewal and repair programs.



Dr Xiao Ping Zhang - Smart Grids

Professor Chris Rogers - Trenchless technology