School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering


CREST Research Centre

CREST Research Group

For over 25 years, CREST (Centre for Renewable Energy Systems Technology) has overseen the research and development for the most progressive renewable energy technologies. To this day, the group continues to instigate, lead and deliver high-quality, original research, collaborating with industry and international academic networks.

Our Aim

The research and development of these new technologies aims to uncover viable fossil fuel alternatives and support the rapid growth within the global sustainable energy sector. Through doing so, CREST continue to shape the sustainable energy landscape, supporting innovation, resourcing policy development and increasing knowledge through proactive dissemination. Additionally, CREST’s expansion continues as new research avenues are explored through large-scale, ground-breaking collaborations, with increasing numbers continuing to benefit from their knowledge dissemination.

As a member of the European Renewable Energy Centres Agency, CREST’s research activities cover a range of technical application including wind power, solar PV, energy in buildings, grid connection and integration and energy storage (including hydrogen).

In addition to the research undertaken, CREST offers a postgraduate degree in renewable energy systems technologies. The course is informed by the latest research and delivered by world-leading experts; the innovative distance learning option continues to widen its global reach and influence, ensuring the highly skilled graduates produced are prized by industry with many enjoying positions of influence.

Our Research Areas

  • Applied Photovoltaics
  • Energy Storage
  • Multiscale Energy Systems
  • Energy Networks and Systems
  • PV Materials and Devices
  • Renewable Energy For Development
  • Wind and Water Power
  • Power Electronics for Energy Grids

Our Research Opportunities

Our PhD students play a central role in our wide-ranging research activities, making vital contributions to the success of the research itself. Find out more about our current research opportunities.

Our Research Opportunities

Athena Swan Bronze award

Contact us

The Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering
Loughborough University
LE11 3TU