Sir Joseph Swan Centre for Energy Research

The Sir Joseph Swan Centre for Energy Research (SWAN) provides the focus for energy related research across the University and incorporates researchers from eleven academic schools.

Named after the pioneering inventor who worked so successfully in the North East region, the mission of The Sir Joseph Swan Centre is to provide an intellectual lead in the pursuit of the low-carbon economy of the future, by developing new technologies which reconcile human needs for energy conversion and use with social and ecological needs.

The research team within SWAN undertake fundamental and applied research into various aspects of power generation and energy systems aligned with strategic national and regional drivers alongside the Newcastle Science City agenda.

Core research areas include technology development and environmental impact assessment of alternative fuels for thermal power plants, including hydrogen and biofuels; combined heat and power systems; tri-generation; emissions monitoring and reduction technology, unconventional engine and other thermal power system configurations and performance modelling and simulation. The group leads and contributes to a number of research projects including EPSRC, FP7, ERDF and Leverhulme funded projects as well as industry sponsored activities. The group has a substantial number of publications in high impact journals and conference proceedings including Fuel, Applied Energy, Applied Thermal Energy, Journal of Power and Energy and the International Journal of Hydrogen Energy. SWAN has strong links with a substantial number of thermal energy management stakeholders including the North East Process Industry Cluster (NEPIC), international companies (e.g. Nestle, Pepsico, Tata Steel, Thenamaris), SMEs and other universities nationally and internationally.