For more than 25 years the Open University has had an active presence in energy technology and policy. Recently the Faculty of Mathematics, Computing and Technology has made a significant investment in this research area. Energy is a multidisciplinary topic well suited to the research structures of the Open University. Our activities seek to increase understanding of Energy issues and to promote solutions that help build a secure, affordable and environmentally responsible energy system.
The recent investment has allowed us to launch OU Energy gathering together Energy Researchers from across The Open University.
The Open University has specific research groups contributing to its energy research.
- The Energy Modelling Interest Group is an informal group of researchers in the Mathematics and Statistics Department who have an interest in energy issues. It brings together a wide range of mathematical and statistical modeling expertise to apply to energy problems.
- Sustainable Transport Systems - transport research and teaching at the Open University is undertaken from a number of discipline perspectives, including Business Studies, Statistics, Design and Innovation, and Energy and Environmental Studies.
- The Energy and Environment Research Unit (EERU) was set up in 1986 and focussed on sustainable energy technologies and the development of environmentally sound approaches to the generation and use of energy. The EERU site is now held in an archival state. Its work is taken forward by OU Energy.