Two thirds of USW’s engineering research is either world-leading or internationally excellent in terms of its overall quality, according to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF). And three quarters of it is recognised as world-leading or internationally excellent in terms of the quality of the output.
USW's engineering research is focussed around two Centres: The Sustainable Environment Research Centre (SERC) and The Engineering Research Centre (ERC). The research of these two centres encompasses the areas of energy, low carbon and environmental technology, and monitoring and control.
The Sustainable Environment Research Centre is a multi-disciplinary team of over 40 externally funded researchers including five professors with biologists, chemists, control engineers and chemical engineers working together on the major issues facing the deployment of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies
Areas of expertise within the group include Anaerobic Digestion, Analytical Technology, Bioelectrochemical Systems, Biohydrogen and Biomethane Production, Hydrogen Energy, Hydrogen Vehicles and Refuelling, Biopolymer Production, Modelling and Control, Nano Materials and Wastewater Treatment.
USW has excellent facilities including 14 new research labs dedicated to SERC’s activities, focusing on novel biohydrogen production, novel hydrogen storage, gas clean-up and utilisation systems. In addition, the USW’s Hydrogen Research Centre provides a platform for electrolytic hydrogen and fuel cell R&D, which led to designation of South Wales as the 'Low Carbon Economic Area for Hydrogen' by BIS and the Welsh Government.