Brunel University London in West London is a dynamic institution with over 12,500 students and over 1,300 academic staff operating in a vibrant culture of research excellence. With a turnover of more than £200 million, the University is a Higher Education and research establishment with considerable intellectual, financial and social resources and makes a major contribution to the economy and community of the West London region. It also plays a significant role in the higher education scene nationally and has numerous national and international links and partnerships with both academia and industry.
Brunel University London has climbed 14 places in the 2019 QS World University Rankings, and is now placed in the top third of universities worldwide. Brunel prides itself on its multicultural environment and has gained countless benefits from having staff and students from over 113 different countries contributing to both its academic and social environment. The university holds a European Commission HR Excellence in Research award for its commitment to supporting its researchers.
Brunel has a long history of successful bidding for European funding and of managing EU projects, Brunel was involved in 120 projects within FP7 with a cumulative value of over 37 Million Euros, and has been successful with over 60 Horizon 2020 proposals to the value of 30 million Euros, of which it is leading and coordinating 9 projects.
The research in this project will be coordinated by the Centre for Heat Pipe and Thermal Management Research, which forms a part of the Institute of Energy Futures (IEF). The centre, lead by Professor Hussam Jouhara, is supported by various grants from the H2020 (iTherm, ETEKINA, DREAM and PVadapt) and from various major UK Research Councils and industrial grants currently totalling just above €8m. Prof. Jouhara is the technical coordinator of two H2020 projects, ETEKINA and PVadapt. The research group also has many other areas of strength, including heat pipes, advanced refrigeration and waste heat recovery technologies, as well as electrical power generation from renewable sources.