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Innovation for a Sustainable World

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The University of Warwick, one of the UK’s leading research institutions, is committed to addressing the major challenge of building a sustainable world.

Warwick has brought together expert researchers and teachers based in the physical sciences, social sciences, business and policymaking to find innovative answers to questions of energy sustainability.

A key feature of Warwick’s cutting-edge research is its focus on providing solutions which are both relevant to business and have a strong impact on policy development.


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Global Energy

The global energy industry faces challenges from growing demand in developing economies, alternative sources of supply, climate change, regulation and energy security. Visionary managers require a broader understanding of this global industry than ever before. The Warwick Global Energy MBA addresses these global problems, enabling practitioners to make the right decisions and overcome these challenges.

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Solar Energy

The University of Warwick leads a consortium of 8 UK universities in a £3.4 million programme to develop technologies that will lead to a new generation of solar cell that you can wear, fold, bend and even spray onto surfaces.

The SUPERGEN "Excitonic Solar Cell Consortium" is funded by the EPSRC and brings together the Universities of Warwick, Bath, Bristol, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Imperial College, Loughborough and Oxford in a 4-year programme, which started in April 2009.
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Wind Turbine

The Generator Machine design used commonly in Wind Turbines has reached its power density limits. Although high capacity (8MW+), these copper-wound machines are very large and heavy which puts limitations on the use of large conventional machines for certain installations.

The Warwick solution is to use a high-temperature superconductor, with windings that can carry 100x higher current density than copper. This allows machines to be a third of the weight and two-thirds of the physical size but still achieve the same capacity with electrical losses reduced by two-thirds too.

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Carbon

Carbon is usually typecast as an eco-villain but researchers at the University of Warwick have devised a novel way to miniaturise a technology that will make carbon a key material in some extremely green heating products for our homes and in air conditioning equipment for our cars.

This new adsorption technology could create domestic heat pumps that will produce a 30% reduction in domestic fuel bills (and CO2 emissions) and could be used in car air conditioning systems to exploit waste heat from the engine, converting it into useful cooling.

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The Eco-One Race Car and Hybrid Vehicles

The Eco-One racing car is a high-performance racing car with a conscience.

It is the first Formula 3 racing car designed and made from sustainable and renewable materials and just because the materials are friendly to the environment, it doesn’t mean we compromised on performance. It is a car with a power-to-weight ratio of 540bhp/tonne, a car that does 0-62mph in under four seconds, and that will go on to a top speed in excess of 140mph.

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