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November 2015

Power to the People
Three-part OU/BBC series airs on BBC FOUR TV starting at 9pm on 17th November 2015.
The series looks at SSE, one of the Big Six UK electricity companies as the sector faces challenges and changes.

July 19th - 23rd 2015

The 33rd International Conference of the System Dynamics Society 2015
OU Energy was represented at this conference held in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

June 17th - 19th 2015

International Conference on Technology Policy and Innovation
Papers presented at ICTPI15 to be published in the following publications:
ICTPI-linked Scientific Journal Technological Forecasting and Social Change (Elsevier)
Special Themed Journal Issue Energy (ICE Proceedings)
and a conference book

March 31st - April 2nd 2015

Universities Nuclear Technology Forum sponsored in part by The Nuclear Institute
More information can be found here

March 9th 2015

SET for BRITAIN Engineering 2015
OU Energy will be represented with a poster at the House of Commons in the Engineering Sciences Session from 6.15pm – 9.00pm in the Attlee Suite, Portcullis House

February 2015

Professor William Nuttall have been guest editor of a special themed issue of
the journal ICE Energy on the topic of Natural Gas
ICE Natural Gas Pic

October 20th 2014

Watt’s Energy Academy Event
12:30pm - 5:00pm
Heriot-Watt University

October 10th 2014

The Challenge Fund, The Phase 1 application form, and guidance notes, is available here
Telephone: 0131 555 7900

October 7th 2014

Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation
Energy Policy uncertainty – Dr Nick Eyre

August 28th 2014

There is an opening for a Ph.D position in cooperation between the European Commission,
Joint Research Center and Politecnico di Torino.
Please See Links for More Information:

July 31st 2014

ICO-CDT application deadline More Information
Use the following link to apply:

5th December 2013

Time: 12:30pm (Lunch available from 12pm)
Venue: Meeting Room 1, Ground Floor, JLB (Please note change of Venue for the seminar)
Speaker: Prof Gerd KortuemComputing & Communications
Title: MK:Smart: A Journey in Sub(Urban) Computing

Milton Keynes was founded with a utopian vision and has always exhibited a future-oriented spirit. In recent years Milton Keynes Council has been at the forefront in the struggle to reduce carbon emissions through a combination of technology innovation, community engagement and business collaboration. In the future Milton Keynes’ population is expected to expand from 252,400 in 2012 to over 300,000 in 2026. This growth will put stress on MK’s energy, water and transport infrastructure and might exacerbate social tensions.

MK:Smart is a new collaborative research and development project that aims to develop and deploy urban computing technologies in Milton Keynes. The project covers a wide range of research, development and education activities, and explores the role of digital technologies in future “smart” cities:

  • Urban Analytics: how can data-driven analyses of resource consumption, human behavior, mobility patterns, economic activity, and urban perception inform the city design process?
  • Citizen Innovation: how can social collaboration tools help local communities to identify social problems and develop solutions in areas such as crime, transportation, health, education, food, energy, water, and environmental protection?
  • Mobility Networks: how can digital technologies and real-time data, in combination with innovative urban transportation system (including electric vehicles, on-demand bus systems and ride-sharing solutions), alleviate traffic problems, reduce carbon emissions and provide affordable mobility for all?
  • Water and Energy Networks: how can new technologies for smart grids and intelligent metering enable urban water and energy networks that dynamically respond to human mobility and behavior patterns and integrate renewable energy sources?
  • Business Innovation: what are the businesses opportunities in future smart-city ecosystems and how can we support technology start-ups to exploit these opportunities?

This talk will provide an overview of the MK:Smart project. It will describe select initiatives in energy, citizen innovation and education, and discuss the role of the Computing and Communications department in delivering this project.

November 19th 2013

OU Energy launched with an evening reception in the OU Berrill theatre.

July 12th 2013

Energy Research Community of Interest kick-off meeting took place in the Systems Seminar Room.