Working with partners in the commercial world is important to UCL Energy Institute; by engaging with commercial partners, the institute is more likely to create a real-world impact with its research.
UCL-Energy has links with most of the main companies interested in energy research, including the major energy suppliers, component and product manufactures. It maintains strategic partnerships with industry leaders such as Arup, EDF, Johnson Controls, PassivSystems and BRE.
UCL-Energy continues to build on UCL's substantial track record of collaborative research worldwide, with an international network comprising Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Sweden and Taiwan, among other countries.
Since its creation, UCL-Energy has developed partnerships with industry which include the provision of advice and joint research. This includes £1 million of industrial funding either directly or via the Technology Strategy Board, Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, the Energy Technology Institute or joint industry research council funding.
The institute's partnerships with industry are by nature bespoke, and different models can be explored depending on the motivation of industrial partners and the resources available for supporting such initiatives.
UCL Advances offers training and networking opportunities and support to businesses, as well as to staff and students at UCL.
International collaboration network
UCL-Energy is part of an extensive international network and presently enjoys collaboration with the following countries:
- Germany, Canada and Japan in the area of buildings energy use
- the EU and the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency regarding low-energy scenarios
- the USA, including the University of California and the US Department of Energy at Berkeley concerning the 'low carbon technologies valley'
- Australia and Taiwan in relation to industrial processes
- China via three EPSRC-funded networks into sustainability, two of which UCL leads
- Thailand and New Zealand, where memoranda of understanding are currently being signed respectively with Chulalongkorn University and the Building Research Association (BRANZ) covering the field of demand energy reduction
- France, where UCL is currently establishing close working links with the European Centre and Laboratories for Energy Efficiency Research (ECLEER)
UCL-Energy belongs to the following national and international networks:
- The International Energy Agency's ETSAP network (Energy Technology Systems Analysis Programme)
- OSeMOSYS (Open Source Energy Systems model consortium)
- UKERC -UK Energy Research Centre, E2B
UCL-Energy staff are members of Good Homes Alliance, The Existing Homes Alliance, UK Green Building Council.
- Barratt Homes
- BLP Insurance
- Carbon Trust
- China Academy of Building Research
- Global Green Growth Institute - Korea
- Homes and Communities Agency
- Johnson's Controls
- Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
- Knauf UK
- Lloyd's Register
- PLP Architecture
- SERAUS (UCL School of Energy and Resources, Australia)
- University of Wollongong
- Zero Carbon Hub