Centre for Renewable Energy Systems Technology (CREST), Loughborough University, CREST was established in 1993. The primary activity of the centre is to undertake research and education in renewable energy technology so as to provide substantial and benign energy options for present and future generations.
Today, CREST is firmly established as one of the leading international groups working in the field of renewable energy. The centre holds an excellent track record in research and education, with growing numbers of staff members and external contracts.
The CREST MSc programme in Renewable Energy Systems Technology (with both on-campus and distance learning study options) is well established as the leading course of its type in the UK and internationally, with over 300 graduates working in industry worldwide. The UK’s premier professional Engineering Institutions (IET, IMechE and Energy Institute) have approved the CREST’s MSc in Renewable Energy Systems Technology as Further Learning Requirements of the Engineering Council’s UK SPEC.
Research activities at CREST cover a range of technical applications, including wind power, solar PV, energy in buildings, grid connection & integration and energy storage (including hydrogen). CREST is a member of the European Renewable Energy Centres Agency. This is a network of over 40 of the top renewable energy research centres. CREST regularly collaborates on projects with many of these organisations.
The CREST Team are guided by an Advisory Committee comprising experts from industry, academia and government whose role is to provide strategic input for the Centre.
Individual research and training aspects offered
- Access to two small 25kW turbines close to the university.
- Computing and software facilities including commercial software (for approved research purposes) including Ansys, Matlab and DNV GL’s Bladed software.
- Access to small-scale test rigs relevant to the research.