SFI and EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Energy Resilience and the Built Environment

The ERBE CDT brings together world-leading academics from established energy research centres at MaREI, Loughborough University (LU) and University College London (UCL).

The CDT will train the future innovators and leaders capable of driving the future energy transformation. Students are trained through a programme of taught courses and PhD research hosted by the leading energy research groups in the UK and Ireland.

The training is led by world-leaders in their field and spans the technical, social and economic aspects of energy in the built environment, including: new and renewable energy systems; energy storage; smart controls; data analytics; socio-technical systems; people-centred design; human behaviour and energy economics.

It aims to promote excellence in research through the training of cohorts of doctoral students and the fostering of collaboration between UK and Ireland based researchers.

ERBE PhD success

ERBE is delighted to congratulate our first PhD viva success! Nima Najadi Ziarani studied at Munster Technological University (MTU) passed his viva in December 2023.

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ERBE Colloquium

Congratulations to all our ERBE Students who presented their research posters at the ERBE Colloquium, which took place on Nov 8th in University College, London. Students from MaREI, University of Loughborough and UCL welcomed the opportunity to meet and discuss their research with their peers and industry experts from the ERBE community. 

Keynote Speaker for the event was Julian Leslie, Head of Networks & Chief Engineer, The National Grid ESO. Julian is a chartered engineer with three decades of transmission system operation, planning and investment experience. Julian’s role is to prepare Great Britain’s electricity network for net zero operation, defining future network needs so that market and network owners can invest in the right technology solutions at the right time. He is also responsible for transmission system connections, ensuring that access – both connection and maintenance – is safe, secure and straightforward and keeps consumers’ costs to a minimum.

ERBE Summer School, Cambridge

The ERBE Summer School took place in Robinson College, Cambridge on  July 6th & 7th. Students from Loughborough University and UCL joined the MaREI students in the stunning surroundings of Cambridge to share ideas and best practice on their ERBE research. They also enjoyed  focused Communications Training Sessions with Jonathan McCrea. Jonathan is the founder of Whipsmart Media, a consultancy dedicated to helping people with great ideas tell their stories to the world. Though Whipsmart, Jonathan provides expert communications advice and training so that clients get the most out of their “big splash” opportunities such as launches, keynotes, panels, funding and media interviews. Our ERBE team really benefited from Jonathan’s advice and practical tips as they ran their own series of interviews and panel talk shows, and discovered what worked well for communicating their research results and identifying the key messages they need to get across to a wide variety of audiences. Overall it was a very enjoyable and constructive Summer School for everyone involved.

Eoin Oude Essink receives the Fulbright Award for 2023-2024

The Department of Foreign Affairs, Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, and U.S. Chargé d’Affaires to Ireland Mike Clausen have announced Eoin Oude Essink as Irish Awardee for 2023-2024.

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The ERBE CDT is supported by the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).