Targeting new advanced materials and devices for renewable energy technologies the ReNU Centre for Doctoral Training is a 5 year activity that brings together three North East Universities (Northumbria, Newcastle and Durham) and numerous industrial partners from all aspects of the renewable energy sector. 65 PhD Early Stage Researchers will be provided with broad and intensive training to assist their studies. EpiValence, as a specialty chemical manufacturer, is tasked with providing expertise and training in the area of precursor development and supply – from molecular design to full scale production – to ensure scientific proficiency and chemical processing techniques are transferred to young scientists as skills to progress their future careers.

Key training topics to be addressed by the network focus on the development of sustainable rechargeable power sources for distributed devices (ie smart phones), electric transportation, monitoring systems along with novel mass producible recharging system technologies. Other important topics include technology innovation, education and intellectual asset management.

ReNU links leading research groups across the North East of UK academic institutions that have a broad expertise across the sector to give a combined, integrated approach of synthesis/fabrication, characterization, modeling/theory linked to concepts for materials integration in devices and systems. This technology platform when applied to the renewable energy sector will take us one step closer to creating truly sustainable power generation and utilisation systems.

For further details on the network and partners will be released on its dedicated website (click here).

The “National Centre for Doctoral Training in Renewable Energies – ReNU” is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council