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Durham University students from the Centre for Doctoral Training in Energy visit Ratcliffe-on-Soar Power station

(11 March 2010)

On the 1st March, a group of 10 PhD students from Durham University's recently formed Centre for Doctoral Training in Energy visited Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station. The students in this Centre are undertaking PhD research in a range of areas related to energy, including physics, engineering, maths, geography, anthropology and earth sciences.


Many of the students' specific research topics are inherently multidisciplinary. As part of the CDT in Energy, these students attend a range of lectures, site visits, seminars and fieldtrips aimed at giving them a broad knowledge of energy. One of the PhD studentships in this first cohort of the new Centre is funded by E.ON. The CDT in Energy is part of the Durham Energy Institute, which involves 96 staff over 11 departments.

As part of the visit, students listened to a talk about E.ON, and heard about E.ON's research on smart homes and electric cars. This was extremely useful for the students, and related directly to several of their research topics, which include projects on demand side management and electrical distribution networks. The students were then taken on a tour of the power station, and had a chance to see the flue gas desulphurisation system, control room, generators and turbines, cooling towers and coal grinding area.

The visit has been a valuable experience for the students, who had the chance to see a large scale power station in operation. The visit has also been an opportunity to form closer links between Durham University and E.ON, which will hopefully continue to develop in future.