Cambridge Uni’s research centre targets energy

A new facility that will focus on research in the energy industry has been opened in the UK. Cambridge University’s Maxwell Centre will look into areas such as energy efficiency, […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

A new facility that will focus on research in the energy industry has been opened in the UK.

Cambridge University’s Maxwell Centre will look into areas such as energy efficiency, storage, lighting and solar power.

It will house researchers from different departments and host a collaboration which will research new technologies that ensure data-intensive computing can be delivered within the constrained energy budgets.

They will also look into new photovoltaic materials, with the aim of boosting the efficiency of solar panels as well as the stability of the grid and impact of storage technologies and their control.

Sir Richard Friend, a Professor and Director of the Centre said: “The Centre will translate ‘blue skies’ research into products vital for industry. The co-location of academics and industry supports a two-way flow of ideas. New research opportunities are often revealed by industrial activity, their solutions require transfer of ideas and techniques often from fields well away from the industry.”