Bangor is at the heart of collaborative low carbon, energy, and environmental research in Wales.
The University is home to the pan-Wales, Sêr Cymru ‘National Research Network for Low Carbon, Energy and Environment’. This supports collaborative research into the interactions between land, water, food, and energy production. It is a network of over 36 partner organisations made up of research institutions, government bodies, SMEs, industry partners and over 80 researchers, focusing on sustainable intensification, low-carbon energy pathways, developing the bio-economy, alongside the mitigation and impact of climate change.
Examples of its research output include the quantification, optimisation, and environmental impacts of marine renewable energy and Geo-Carb-Cymru, a project which is assessing, characterising, and enhancing geothermal energy in Wales.
Bangor’s research in future energy sustainability is world class. For example, the Research Excellence Framework 2014 found that 89% of Bangor’s submitted Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences research were internationally excellent or world leading. Over 40% had an internationally excellent impact. Submissions included research into turbulence to improve ocean forecasting and marine energy infrastructure.
Bangor University has many specific research groups advancing the sustainable energy agenda in their own ways. Examples include:
- Research into solar energy application and organic molecules in plastics and polymers which could be applied to plastic solar cell development
- Research into energy efficient materials like converting bread waste into bioplastic packaging.
- A partnership between Bangor and Trinity College Dublin which is conducting innovative research on micro-hydro turbines recovering energy in water services.