Swansea University

Energy Safety Research Institute (ESRI)

The Energy Safety Research Institute at Swansea will use the university’s existing strengths in the energy sector with a unique focus on ‘Safety Research’.

Project summary

The institute will be built on the industry-facing Science and Innovation Campus, and sponsored by the College of Engineering.

The nature of its research will draw on long-term strengths in petroleum and chemical processing, in particular computational science (rock fracture modelling and ‘fracking’) and corrosion.

The centre will bring this together with more recent capabilities, including:

  • marine energy
  • nuclear
  • tidal
  • advanced water treatment (‘fracking’ post-treatment and separation)
  • materials
  • crisis management
  • more novel areas such as Photo Voltaic (PV) and NanoTechnology.

The project will include the design and construction of a new 3500m2 building. This will be designed to develop the quality and scale of the university’s research efforts in this area.

The focus on safety will look at developing and expanding existing energy processes, and the safe deployment and integration of new ‘green’ energy technologies.

The combination of research into energy with a focus on safety reflects the university’s research strengths, and the significant position of Wales in the UK energy market.

The primary sponsor will be British Petroleum (BP). Other main sponsors include TATA Steel Europe and Rolls Royce. The Institute will be a constituent member of the Global Energy Safety Institute (GESI) founded in Houston, Texas in 2011, and a sister institute of the Energy and Environmental Systems Institute (EESI) at Rice University in Houston. In addition, the institute will be an associate of the National Corrosion Research Centre (NCRC) at Texas A&M.