The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Renewable Energy Northeast Universities (ReNU) is an added value doctoral training programme funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.
Over the next 5 years it will create a pipeline of highly skilled doctoral graduates that will drive forward innovation in small scale renewable and sustainable distributed energy. It is a collaboration between three major UK universities which are uniquely co-located in the Northeast of England and in 2017 established the EPSRC North East Centre for Energy Materials (NECEM). .
The importance of renewable energy technologies to the UK economy is fundamental and the next energy revolution will stem from our ever-increasing demand for electricity. This includes the transition to zero carbon transportation (not just cars but also new personal mobility devices), huge numbers of interconnected personal devices and sustainable buildings. ReNU will help to meet this demand by creating high quality people who have excellent scientific and engineering skills but also specialist training in business, innovation and internationalisation.
ReNU is backed by a strong portfolio of 36 partners including 27 companies (both SMEs and multinationals), non-profit organisations, key networks, local government and prestigious academic institutes across the globe. The combination of these partners and academic excellence will ensure that ReNU provides a key contribution to the Clean Growth Grand Challenge identified in the UK Government’s Industrial Strategy.
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