Energy & Environment


Energy and the Environment

Energy supply and climate change are among the biggest challenges facing us today. We are working with both academic and industrial partners on projects looking for ICT based solutions to some of these problems.

The technological challenges that face both issues are not insignificant. For example, managing energy use through ‘smart grids’ - a key tool for both consumers and suppliers - requires a sophisticated and secure infrastructure. Equally daunting are the huge computational resources required to successfully model climate change. The Centre plays a key role in finding solutions for these problems and more.

How can exploiting information from smart meters can benefit both energy suppliers & their customers? ADEPT looks to answer this question...

Climate modelling takes immense computational resources. - the world's largest climate experiment - uses just standard PCs...

Whether you want to collaborate with us on an energy or climate based project, or just want to find out more, please get in touch!

Current Projects

CloudWATCH2 brings together highly specialised experts in standardisation, security, legal aspects and pricing to help ensure European Research and Innovation (R&I) takes to market the best possible products and services. Ultimately, this has significant benefits not only for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) but also public services. 
The objective of this exciting project is to develop an approach using meter system messages alongside meter consumption data to identifying potential energy theft and faulty equipment by examining changes in data through time.
A web-based catalogue to centralize bioscience data policies, reporting standards and links to other related portals; and a communication forum to maintain linkages between funders, journals & standardization leaders
Creating better climate models requires vast amounts of computing power. uses a screensaver to combine the power of thousands of ordinary computers, each tackling one small but key part of the problem.
Modern systems are increasingly energy efficient but carbon emissions, constantly increasing energy prices and recent changes in legislations drive a desire to minimise the overall energy consumption of computing.

Past Projects

The aim of CloudWATCH is to build a common standards profile for cloud services by exploiting the existing European cloud federation and integration efforts and provide an interoperability testbed for use by the EU cloud hosting & provider industry.
The International Forest Risk Model (INFORM) is a platform to enable businesses, public procurers, and financial institutions to assess risk of exposure to deforestation through their purchases and supply chains.
EMPPACK (Energy Measurement and Profiling PACKage), is a flexible and extensible software framework for profiling, quantifying and analysing the energy and power consumption of software applications.
The Low Carbon ICT project will develop a 'wake-on-LAN' (WoL) service to reduce the University of Oxford’s carbon footprint that results from the operation of its ICT infrastructure.
Existing electricity distribution management systems (DMS) have been designed using operational and algorithmic procedures that are highly centralised.
“How complicated can, or should, a dynamic electricity tariff be?” ADEPT looks at how information smart meters might potentially be exploited to the advantage of both network operator & customer.
Many situations require traceable accuracy of data when it passes from the provider to different analysis communities. MyTrustedCloud is working with energy suppliers to construct a prototype of trust-capable cloud infrastructure