The vision of the Energy Safety Research Institute (ESRI) and Swansea University is “building the bridge to a sustainable, affordable and secure energy future.”

ESRI is positioned to achieve this aim through the discovery and implementation of new technology for a sustainable, affordable, and secure energy future. The term safety is meant in the broad context of security of supply, long-term sustainability and operational safety.

ESRI is housed on Swansea University’s new world class Bay Campus. ESRI provides an exceptional environment for delivering cutting edge research across energy and energy safety related disciplines with a focus on the following areas:

  • Inter-conversion of waste energy and resources – the conversion of excess and wasted energy via a range of energy vectors transformations (heat-to-electricity and electricity-to-hydrogen) providing enhancing flexibility of demand and supply.
  • Green hydrocarbon - reducing the environmental impact of hydrocarbon energy sources through enhanced production, reduced resource usage, and ensuring low environmental impact of production.
  • Carbon dioxide – defining solutions to the efficient separation, the conversion to useful feedstock, and the safe long-term sequestration of CO2.
  • The next generation of energy distribution – creating an internet of energy to allow for local generation and global sharing that enables everyone to have the potential to be a player in a one world energy scheme. 

The ESRI Building Key Facts

  • 3,800 sqm building.
  • BREEAM Outstanding rating. BREEAM is the world’s leading design and assessment method for sustainable buildings.
  • Provides facilities for Swansea’s SêrCymru and other staff.
  • Funded from the UK Research Partnership Investment Fund (UKRPIF) provided via the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW).

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College of Engineering

The College of Engineering at Swansea is proud to have developed some of the University’s strongest links with industry at a Wales, UK and international level, supporting and helping to realise the University’s vision to be a research-led university of international quality. The College pioneers technological progress in both traditional and emerging disciplines within the field of engineering, with energy and the environment a key research theme.

Engineering at Swansea is recognised internationally for the quality of its research output and is currently ranked 10th for output and 2nd for environment in the UK, according to the latest Research Assessment Exercise (RAE).

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Swansea University’s Bay Campus is situated on a 65 acre former BP Transit site in Neath Port Talbot on the eastern approach into Swansea and has the distinction of being one of the few global universities with direct access onto a beach and its own seafront promenade.

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