The UNIVERSITY of EDINBURGH
The University of Edinburgh was established in 1583 and is perhaps the first civic university in the world. It is one of the leading research intensive universities and was ranked 17th in the 2013 QS world university rankings. It has over 30000 students of whom 1/3rd are postgraduates, and nearly 6500 academic staff. Distinguished alumni include Alexander Graham Bell, Charles Darwin and James Clerk Maxwell. The 2013 Nobel Prize for physics was awarded to Prof Peter Higgs from the School of Physics. In the 2008 UK Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) results, the University of Edinburgh was ranked in the top five in the UK and first in Scotland by the volume of 4*, or “world-leading”, research. The results also indicate that the University is home to 37% of Scotland’s 4* research.
The School of Engineering is a combined school covering civil, chemical, electrical, and mechanical engineering and is organised into six multi‐disciplinary research institutes, including The Institute for Energy Systems (IES). IES conducts research into electrical power conversion, energy policy economics and innovation, energy storage and carbon capture, energy and climate changes, naval architecture, offshore renewable energy and energy systems. It comprises 14 academic staff, 26 research staff and around 50 postgraduate students. It leads the EPSRC‐funded UK Centre for Marine Energy Research, is a partner in the Supergen Photovoltaics consortia, several Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) and EU projects (such as EQUIMAR, MaRINET, MARINA Platform, ORECCA & TROPOS), and runs the Industrial Doctoral Centre for Offshore Renewable Energy (IDCORE). IES’s current research grant portfolio is over £10 million. IES staff have led and contributed to the development of marine energy standards by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). Bringing together colleagues in Energy Systems and Wave Power, the Institute for Energy Systems was formed in August 2002. The Energy Systems Group combined expertise in traditional power engineering and power electronics with energy resource management and environmental preservation. It operated extensively with UK industry, within Europe and in less‐developed countries. The Wave Power Group created Salter's “duck”, one of the first wave energy converter concepts to generate electricity from the waves. Subsequent research focussed on improved wave devices, high efficiency hydraulic transmission and control and a new generation of test tanks. These have led to significant commercial spinout activity: world-leading wave making and tank building by Edinburgh Designs Ltd; development and application of Digital Displacement™ technology to control and transmission of fluid power by Artemis Intelligent Power Ltd; and the development of the Pelamis wave energy converter by Pelamis Wave Power.