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Centre for Sustainable Engineering

Centre for Sustainable Engineering

The Centre for Sustainable Engineering focuses on the design, development, and enhancement of engineering systems, processes, and products that are efficient and sustainable without compromising the natural environment.

Work spans three key areas:

  • Smart energy and smart grid
  • Construction innovation and research
  • Hydrogen engineering and decarbonisation technologies


Through multidisciplinary approaches, the team undertake research in areas including digitalisation, informatics, cybersecurity, automation, energy management, sustainable technologies, artificial intelligence, distributed control and social science in energy-related and construction applications.

The centre takes a collaborative approach working with a range of stakeholders including IBM France, Siemens, water and utility companies, city councils and academic partners in the UK and overseas including Brazil, China and Sweden. It also has links with the Brazilian Synchrotron Light Laboratory, Brazilian Centre for Research in Energy and Materials, and Construction Scotland Innovation Centre.

Partnering with TWI, the centre has created two new industrially focussed sustainable innovation centres which will help companies to reduce the impact their operations have on the environment. The Industrial Decarbonisation and Hydrogen Innovation Centre will focus on the development of cost effective, low-carbon technologies to support industry’s drive for clean energy growth, while the Circular Economy and Recycling Innovation Centre will address the advancement of new disruptive technologies designed to help reduce industry's reliance on finite resources and eliminate waste.

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Research centre leads

Dr Michael Short

Dr Michael Short

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A smarter approach for the energy sector

Harnessing Industry 4.0 to better integrate renewable energy plants across power networks

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Managing data in the built environment

Using novel digital technologies to manage information flow in complex construction and engineering projects

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Taking the construction industry to new heights

Using novel digital tools to embed building information modelling (BIM) capabilities in the construction industry

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