Technology Roadmaps: Measurement Priorities for Renewable and Sustainable Energy

The table below shows some measurement needs for the UK across key areas. The information is displayed according to where it fits into the NMS programmes. Click on any section for more information on that sector.

The given priority application areas were originally agreed at a series of roadmapping meetings. If you would like details of the prioritisation process or would like to comment on any aspect of the roadmaps, please complete the feedback form

Priority Application Areas Knowledge Base Cross-cutting themes / Other
Engineering and Flow Materials and Thermal Physical Ionising Radiation Chemical and Biological Software for Metrology
Hydrogen Hydrogen metering (flow and pressure) and leak measurement Diffusion Flow and hydrogen flame   Hydrogen detection and purity   Standards for safety, connections and measurement
Fuel Cells Multiphase flow Hydride characterisation and temperature gradients. In situ measurement and modelling Electronic and ionic conduction   Surface and nano inorganic materials and catalysts and degradation monitoring Materials modelling Standards for safety, connections and measurement, modelling
Photovoltaics   Characterisation of third generation photovoltaic materials and structures degradation monitoring Spectral response and sources, microgeneration grid data       Life cycle assessment, modelling, measuring on the nanoscale
Biomass Multiphase flow Trace / impurity measurement, residual life of used materials and used component / surface assessment     Quality of feedstock, combustion, bioprocess, degradation and contamination, and microbe health   Standards for biofuels, lifecycle energy balance analysis
Improved Fossil Fuel Efficiency Flow, combustion and internal combustion engines, pressure and flow at high temperature / non-invasive Elevated temperature materials behaviour (creep, etc.), friction and tribology, coatings, nickel-alloys, and ferritics, corrosion Electrical machines, condition monitoring, power (quality) measurement   Combustion processes, NOx & SOx, particulates, surface degradation (scale/spallation/steam oxidation) Flow modelling, power/ grid management, remnant life analysis Real-time measurement of transients at elevated temperature
Wind, Wave and Tidal Flow: aerodynamics and hydrodynamics, assessment of resource potential, non-contact air flow sensing Structural integrity of materials, condition monitoring, material characterisation for harsh environments Low-cost sensors, acoustics for environmental impact assessment, microgeneration, grid data communications     Flow modelling and data fusion Data fusion, measurement in harsh environments, life cycle analysis, standards for domestic / micro wind production
Nuclear Dispersion modelling Materials characterisation for next generation nuclear plants, long term diffusion prediction in geological materials Remote monitoring Nuclear waste / disposal monitoring equipment and standards, dosimetry models dispersion Stability of vitrification materials Modelling geological timescales, data models for geological assessment Planning and scenario management, measurement in harsh / remote environments