An increasing world population, unparalleled energy consumption and the consequences of climate change have prompted major changes to the development of energy production and consumption technologies.

Within the next two generations, alternative sources of energy must be found and developed to the level of technological applications. This is the greatest scientific challenge of our time, equivalent to a third industrial revolution.

Our research and expertise helps to find solutions to this global problem – drawing on our expertise in the physical, environmental and social sciences, and in electrical, electronic and mechanical engineering.


Key areas of expertise include:

Renewable Energy

  • Photosynthesis and biofuels
  • Fuel cells
  • Photovoltaics
  • Tidal energy and wind power
  • Catalysis

Carbon Capture and Storage

  • Geology and geochemistry of carbon capture and storage
  • Energy and gas storage
  • Batteries and supercapacitors

Power, Equipment, Smart Grids, Plant Control

New Nuclear Power Solutions

Oil and Gas - Exploration and Production

  • Geology of the next generation of deep oil and gas reservoirs
  • Geochemistry of deep and sour petroleum accumulations

Key Centres and Facilities

The Stephenson Institute for Renewable Energy is dedicated to exploring renewable, clean and sustainable energy technologies. Through our integrated approach, we can tap into a unique, interdisciplinary pool of research expertise, essential to developing truly innovative solutions that meet the world’s future energy demands. 

Proud of our Liverpool roots, we work closely within our local community to research sustainable energy issues. In parallel, we also forge vital relationships with academic networks, research centres and industry.

It aims to produce novel and fundamental research and aspires to collaborate with industry to help to reduce inherent risks and uncertainties in the offshore renewable energy sector.

N-STAR (Nuclear Science and Technology Applied Research) forms a hub of advanced interdisciplinary nuclear science and technology research, and contributes to the University's research theme on Sustainable Energy.