Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
LE11 3TU
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Loughborough University

School of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering


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CREST was established in 1993, using funds made available by Professor Tony Marmont. The primary activity of the centre is to undertake research and education in renewable energy technology so as to provide substantial and benign energy options for present and future generations.

Today, CREST is firmly established as one of the leading international groups working in the field of renewable energy. The centre holds an excellent track record in research and education, with growing numbers of staff members and external contracts currently exceeding £1.5 million.

The CREST MSc programme in Renewable Energy Systems Technology (with both on-campus and distance learning study options) is well established as the leading course of its type in the UK and internationally, with over 300 graduates working in industry worldwide. The UK's premier professional Engineering Institutions (IET, IMechE and Energy Institute) have approved the CREST's MSc in Renewable Energy Systems Technology as Further Learning Requirements of the Engineering Council's UK SPEC. This means that graduates who have already completed accredited 3-year undergraduate degrees can use the CREST MSc as a direct route to Chartered Engineering status.


Research activities at CREST cover a range of technical applications, including wind power, solar PV, energy in buildings, grid connection & integration and energy storage (including hydrogen). CREST is a member of the European Renewable Energy Centres Agency. This is a network of over 40 of the top renewable energy research centres. CREST regularly collaborates on projects with many of these organisations


The CREST Team are guided by an Advisory Committee comprising experts from industry, academia and government whose role is to provide strategic input for the Centre.

Examples of projects CREST is currently involved in:

SUPERGEN Wind Energy Technologies

The SUPERGEN Wind Energy Technologies Consortium (SUPERGEN Wind) was established by the EPSRC on 23 March 2006 as part of the Sustainable Power Generation and Supply (SUPERGEN) programme. The SUPERGEN Wind Consortium is led by Strathclyde and Durham Universities and consists of 9 research groups including CREST at Loughborough University, with expertise in wind turbine technology, aerodynamics, hydrodynamics, materials, electrical machinery & control, and reliability & condition monitoring. The Consortium has the active support of 10 industrial partners, including wind farm operators, manufacturers and consultants.

The Consortium's principal objective is:

To undertake research to improve the cost-effective reliability and availability of existing and future large-scale wind turbine systems in the UK.

Stability and performance of photovoltaics (STAPP)

This programme aims to deliver improvements in understanding of the stability and long-term performance of photovoltaic modules; develop methods to describe holistic system performance; and reduce the uncertainty in life-time energy yield prediction from PV systems. A multidisciplinary, cross-national project, working across Universities in the UK and India and with the support of industry and charitable organisations, this presents an opportunity to determine and map the potential for photovoltaic energy in varying climates and operating environments and propose solutions that will form a platform for step change in photovoltaic technology.
RCUK and the Indian Department of Science and Technology have each awarded £2.4 million for this project: EPSRC Grant Details - STAPP

PhotoVoltaic European Research Infrastructure (SOPHIA)

The objective of the SOPHIA project is to strengthen and optimise research capabilities, mainly by coordinating efforts on important but precompetitive issues. Large research infrastructures working together will avoid the useless replication of a large number of small efforts. The SOPHIA project aims at pulling together the main European photovoltaic research infrastructures in order to provide the scientific community with common referential to conduct efficient and coordinated research work in the field of PV technologies.
Funded under 7th FWP (Seventh Framework Programme) €9 million: CORDIS Grant Details - 262533

CREST Director

  • Professor Phil Eames

CREST Administrator

  • Christina Kokoroskou

Academic Staff

  • Phil Eames
  • Tom Betts
  • Richard Blanchard
  • Gianfranco Claudio
  • Ralph Gottschalg
  • Paul Rowley
  • Murray Thomson
  • Mike Walls
  • Simon Watson

Visiting Academics

  • Prof. Leon Freris
  • Prof. Tony Marmont
  • Dr. Kyungnam Koh

REST MSc Administrators

  • Julie Allen (Full time MSc Administrator)
  • Jenny Evans (Distance Learning MSc Administrator)

Distance Learning Academic Support

  • Simon Lloyd
  • Li Mei
  • Sheryl Williams

Research Staff

  • John Barton
  • Martin Bliss
  • Jake Bowers
  • Piotr Kaminski
  • Aysin Rahimifard
  • Ian Richardson
  • Rolando Soler-Bientz
  • Takis Romanos
  • Jiang Zhu
  • Scott Wylie
  • Technical Staff
  • Kevin Bass
  • Charles Greenwood

Research Students

  • Ali Abbas
  • Peter Argyle
  • Ketut Astawa
  • Shiva Beharrysingh
  • Chandan Bharadwaj
  • Ian Cole
  • Ilda De-Albuquerque-Oliveira
  • Cian Desmond
  • Nick Doylend
  • Brian Goss
  • Ben Grew
  • Sarah Higginson
  • Graeme Hodgson
  • James Hughes
  • Patrick Isherwood
  • Michal Krawczynski
  • Petros Kritharas
  • Philip Leicester
  • Fabiana Lisco
  • Bianca Maniscalco
  • Eoghan McKenna
  • Saim Memon
  • Foteini Plyta
  • Hassan Qasem
  • Norzanah Rosmin
  • Jyotirmoy Roy
  • Ira Sara
  • Adam Sharpe
  • Laurence Steijger
  • Adam Thirkill
  • Zhengfei Wei
  • Dan Wu
  • Xiaofeng Wu
  • Collen Zalengera
  • Mike Zehner

Examples of recent publications include

Bliss, M., Betts, T.R. and Gottschalg, R., An LED-based Photovoltaic Measurement System with Variable Spectrum and Flash Speed, Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, 93(6+7), June 2009, pp 825-830, ISSN 0927 0248.

Vorasayan, P., Betts, T.R., Tiwari, A.N. and Gottschalg, R., Multi-laser LBIC System for Thin Film PV Module Characterisation, Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, 93(6+7), June 2009, pp 917-921, ISSN 0927 0248.

Calnan, S., Upadhyaya, H.M., Buecheler, S., Khrypunov, G., Chirila, A., Romeo, A., Hashimoto, R., Nakada, T. and Tiwari, A.N., Application of High Mobility Transparent Conductors to Enhance Long Wavelength Transparency of the Intermediate Solar Cell in Multi-Junction Solar Cells, Thin Solid Films, 517(7), February 2009, pp 2340-2343.

Al-Buflasa, H., Infield, D.G., Watson, S.J. and Thomson, A.M., Wind Resource Assessment for the Kingdom of Bahrain, Wind Engineering, 32(5), 2008, pp 439-448.

Rowley, P.N., ''We Can Plan, Design, and Build for Low Carbon Living'', Placemaking, 1(1), Tennyson, L., Kochan, B. and Cowan, R., RUDI, London, London, 17th February 2008, pp 22-24.

Claudio, G., Bass, K., Heasman, K., Cole, A., Roberts, S., Watson, S.J. and Boreland, M., Surface passivation by silicon nitride in Laser Grooved Buried Contact (LGBC) silicon solar cells, Superlattices and microstructures, 45(4-5), 2009, pp 234-239.


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Holywell Park School of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering Loughborough University Loughborough Leicestershire LE11 3TU

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Dates: 1st - 4th July

For all intial enquiries please contact Christina Kokoroskou

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