Net zero innovation & research

Delivering excellence through our research & translational programmes  

Averting dangerous levels of climate change requires global carbon dioxide emissions to fall to zero by the latter part of this century; a challenge considered to be one of the greatest ever facing humanity.

To achieve this goal, while satisfying society’s need for energy, requires research and innovation to solve a wide range of technological and operational challenges in delivering a net zero society, as well as non-technical issues related to institutional change, social acceptability, political will, governance, and energy justice. 

Our research and translational programmes coalesce and align the very significant research strengths of the University across the many disciplines that contribute to net zero.

Strathclyde already hosts one of the most successful Energy research hubs in Europe, home to hundreds of dedicated energy researchers, facilities such as the PNDC and National Manufacturing Institute of Scotland (NMIS), and an extensive track record in transitioning the UK’s energy systems towards a low carbon future, accelerating the development and deployment of renewable energy technologies, and successfully driving evidence-based policymaking for a prosperous net-zero society.

Our energy activities span the entire energy system, including energy supply and demand, networks and control, resource extraction and processing, and wider societal, economic, and environmental issues and impacts.

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Climate Neutral Innovation District

In the video below, Dr Roddy Yarr, our Executive Lead for Sustainability, talks about our hopes for a Climate Neutral Innovation District.

Our expertise

Through a strong ethos of collaboration, support and mentoring we have built internationally- recognised and accomplished research teams in:

  • renewable energy technology and deployment
  • power system protection, operation and management
  • energy policy, economics, markets and standards
  • energy justice and just transitions
  • oil and gas operations and asset management
  • artificial intelligence and data analytics for energy systems
  • buildings and energy efficiency
  • demonstration and implementation of net zero solutions

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Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher & Further Education

In 2020, we collected the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education.

The award, which is the highest national honour conferred on the sector, was presented to Strathclyde’s Principal & Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Jim McDonald by His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales.

The Queen's Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education 2019 and 2021.

Strathclyde was recognised for excellence in energy innovation