The world’s energy demand is increasing rapidly and although fossil fuels are still the primary energy source, their contribution to global warming has been under scrutiny to seek cleaner and more sustainable alternatives. The supplies of modern renewable energy have shown the potential to meet the future demand for clean energy. Hydropower is leading the modern renewable in terms of electricity production. However, other sources such as, wind, solar, geothermal and marine powers are growing rapidly and showing potential to contribute in primary energy supply. The main challenges of wind and solar energy are the intermittent availability and variation in energy density. In this regard, fuel cells are one of the clean sources of energy that can make real contribution in the reduction of CO emission. This talk will present the current renewable energy research at Robert Gordon University. Dr Islam will present the use of computational fluid dynamics to investigate the performance of PEM fuel cell and vertical axis wind turbine. Dr Muhammad Sukki will present the development of solar concentrator as an alternative to the traditional solar PV panel.
Sir Ian Wood Building, Robert Gordon University, Garthdee Campus, AB10 7AQ