Focus Areas

The activities of the GORD Institute are shared amongst its energy and materials research divisions which operate individually and collaboratively within the following focus areas.

  • CO2 and Climate Change
  • Cooling Technologies
  • Sustainable Built Environment
  • Renewable Energy
  • Advanced Materials

GORD Institute is actively involved in conducting research related to carbon capture storage and utilisation. Research activities currently focus on developing carbon based products from CO2 via electrochemical and alkali absorption.

Cooling systems collectively account for 17% percent of global electricity usage that in turn contributes to about 8 % of global greenhouse emissions. Additionally, the global cooling energy demand is currently projected to grow 6X by the year 2050, with increasing usage in Asia and Africa. Furthermore, the estimated global warming would drive the need for more cooling technologies that would in turn increase greenhouse emissions. The research conducted within this theme is focused on the development and design of more sustainable, greener and appreciably more energy efficient cooling systems. With a focus on cooling technologies for air conditioning systems, the research leverages advancement in utilisation of non-toxic materials and the smart design of already existing components to extract optimum efficiencies for cooling and air conditioning.

The team actively participates in the improvement of energy efficiency by using renewable energy and local resources. Projects include the development of energy consumption geographic information systems, energy consumption tools for the built environment, low energy cooling solution and photovoltaic research.

With an ever-increasing global population there is a proportionate rise in energy demands for the living economy. A growing demand in energy imparts a great pressure on many of earth’s limited resources that are necessary for the development of society and advancement of technologies. Within this theme of ‘Advanced Materials’ the research is focused on materials that are envisaged to alleviate the pressure of dwindling resources while also exhibiting superior material properties such as thermal, optical, or chemical properties etc. when compared to traditional materials. The research focuses on the design and implementation of novel techniques aimed at the efficient production of advanced materials that offer the promise of decreased energy consumption and better performance at a lower social, economic, and environmental cost. The application of these advanced materials encompasses various industries from energy storage and creation, batteries, digital and computing device, waste management etc. that are not only for science and technology but also improvement for our daily life.